SENATE MUST REJECT ABBOTT’S CRUEL CUTS TO YOUNG JOBSEEKERS

Labor calls on Senators to reject Tony Abbott’s cruel cuts to young jobseekers, due to be debated in the Senate today.

 

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill contains some of Tony Abbott’s harshest cuts.

 

This legislation is a full scale attack on young jobseekers.

 

It must not become law.

 

If passed, young jobseekers under the age of 25 will be left with nothing to live on for a month, pushing them into poverty and hardship.

 

Vulnerable young people between the ages of 22 and 24 will have their income support cut by around $48 a week. 

 

Not only will these measures push people into poverty, they will also make it harder for them to find work.

 

How can young people attend job interviews, or seek support from job agencies if they have no money whatsoever?

 

Whether for one month or six, Labor will not support a measure which pushes young people into poverty.

 

Scott Morrison should withdraw these bills and cease his attack on young jobseekers immediately.

 

THURSDAY, 13 AUGUST 2015

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