NO COMPROMISE ON CUTS TO YOUNG JOBSEEKERS

September 29, 2014


Labor calls on all crossbench Senators to reject Tony Abbott’s plan to leave young jobseekers without income support for six months.

The Senate should also reject any ‘compromise’ that would leave young people without income support for one month.

Reports today suggesting that the Senate is considering a one month proposal by Senator Bob Day are deeply concerning.

This is not a compromise. This would be a disaster for young people.

If passed, this measure will leave young people at risk of poverty, homelessness and social isolation.

It risks consigning young people to a vicious cycle of poverty. It must not become law.

The only way to protect young jobseekers is to vote this measure down entirely.

This week, the Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews was caught lying about details of New Zealand’s welfare reform in order to convince the cross-bench to pass this measure.

Unfortunately for the Minister, New Zealand has no such period. It appears he made it up.

The reality is that there is no justification for leaving young people without anything to live off for six months.

The Government should dump this measure immediately. If it doesn’t, senate crossbenchers should join Labor and vote it down.  

SUNDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2014

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