Should The Unemployment Benefit Be Increased?


On Newstart (the unemployment benefit in Australia) a single person can receive just under $490 a fortnight, that increases if they have children. Long term unemployment is a problem in Australia, a lot of welfare recipients find themselves stuck on Newstart for years. Over the years politicians have suggested increasing and decreasing benefits to help struggling Aussies find employment, what do you think LiveTribers? Should Newstart be increased or is there another way to curb unemployment?

Posted by on 23 Apr 2019

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    Monica

    Yes. No one can survive on the small amount of money they recieve. If used correctly as a helping hand it should actually be enough money to help.

    Posted by Monica on 02 Jul 2019

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    EroView

    Many of you should be ashamed you are so quick to Judge, but you learn nothing and try to help-not. Do you realize that women over 50 in Australia are the most at risk of redundancy, homelessness and ending up on fixed low income? In big part due to them being the unpaid carers of family/society and gender disparity in wages/ superannuation etc? Does this inspire no compassion in those of you who would be quick to condemn your neighbor though you do not get to know them? I respect your rights to have these opinions but honestly does it make you Proud of yourself to condemn others this way? If-so I feel pity for you. Whatever happened to 'Love Thy Neighbor'? or 'Let him without sin cast the first stone'? I hope those among us who condemn our fellows this way are indeed pillars of their own community and do good works each day of their lives. Because at the end of the day if all you do is earn money for yourself and your own desires and goals-well that's not much of a virtue is it? I do wish you all well.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    EroView

    Would it not be awesome if we could get paid to have these sort of important social/political discussions? Wishing you all well.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    EroView

    Yes. We Should Implement a Standard Living Allowance for All Citizens and Ensure that the minimum allows people to Live on it. We Need to Stop Punishing the Poor and Disadvantaged.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    Suzanne Day

    Yes I think it should be increased. Having said this, I believe it should depend on what the extra money is required for. I think people on New start could learn how to do a basic budget and keep it going. Then when they need extra assistance they can just bring it in and show Centrelink and explain where and why they need extra. Then some bills or food can be supplied or gotten with the extra money but I would give this in the form of coupons rather than cash to make sure food is received. Also I agree with something someone else stated and that is that they don't need an increase if their is only themself and they have enough to possibly save a little money as well. This to me means they need to work harder at looking for a job.

    Posted by Suzanne Day on 15 Jun 2019

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    intrepidarts

    Oh to answer the actual question... No I don't think it should be increased.. rent bills and food should be enough to get by.. if you can save enough to live off and have no desire to work then you deserve to live at as a low income family.. BUT if you can't provide for yourself or your family then steps need to be taken to ensure the money is spent on meeting the minimum living standards - The government allowance is plenty to survive on! The pension on the other hand should be raised and housing bills (electric water heating) should be included for elderly Australians that need that assistance!

    Posted by intrepidarts on 13 Jun 2019

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    Jodie

    Of course it should be increased. How is a person supposed to live and pay rent if the can get a rental plus bills and food on the tiny amount That said it should maybe the increase should be given in food stamps and money vouchers for regular bills

    Posted by Jodie on 12 Jun 2019

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    robbur

    Have a look at "I, Daniel Blake" a British movie that shows how Australia's dole system is almost an exact copy of Britain's, designed to crush the spirit and life out of the very people it should be helping. The Government is meant to look after the welfare of its people, but is only interested in the big corporations and they handouts they give.

    Posted by robbur on 11 Jun 2019

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    intrepidarts

    Benefit base wages should be paid to every Australian from the age of 16 - there is a socio economic problem that revolves around government assistance and laziness - the current allowances promote a healthy lifestyle and accommodation to be provided for those in need - I am a big believer in preventing the government from restricting payments for individuals because they haven't met certain obligations.. people strive to be better as individuals and for their peers - the allowances aren't there to promote a better standard of living they are there to allow a basic standard of life.. I also believe the homeless would benefit from a universal allowance - there is a massive dent in the system that is suppose to be working for us!

    Posted by intrepidarts on 24 May 2019

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    Brett

    Yes unemployment should be increast becouse very hard to live on it in astralia

    Posted by Brett on 23 May 2019

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    Victoria

    I think that the unemployment benefit should be increased as long as the person is actively looking for work.

    Posted by Victoria on 16 May 2019

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    Cameron

    3 months to find a job maximum, then I believe that any benefit received should be on a minimum hourly rate eg $12.50per hour! To receive $490 per fortnight They have to work 39.2 hrs like the rest of us! No free money to able bodied citizens!!!!

    Posted by Cameron on 14 May 2019

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    robbur

    I have two friends in their 60's who while having major health problems have been forced on to Newstart. They spend their days filling out compulsory job applications for jobs they know they will never get because they are too old. They had to buy computers in order to do this and spend a lot of their money on data. You try living on $39 a day. One of them cannot afford to fix the leaking roof, buy a new heater, haircuts, clothes and many other necessities working people take for granted. They do work a full week, justifying the paltry sum they are handed, They waste more time and money travelling to see their so-called counsellors for 5 minutes and frequently are punished for mistakes Newstart makes. So don't knock it until you've been there.

    Posted by robbur on 11 Jun 2019

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    Shiromi

    I believed instead of increasing the amount or decrease it, that government employment agencies should find different job opportunities or direct access to different career fields which can easily linked with their short term courses or training programs. That way it will work more effectively and will help to reduce unemployment rate in most areas.

    Posted by Shiromi on 13 May 2019

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    Shiromi

    Saying that I am also struggling to survive from my Newstart allowance but still thinking there’s something in their system that employment agencies should change as with lots of experience and skills most of them couldn’t find me something that slightly similar to any of my fields. Every time I find a job I always found it myself but now from any other ways. So I believe these government employment agencies should reorganise there way of finding employment for their clients and that will solve most of the problems.

    Posted by Shiromi on 13 May 2019

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    Jodes1

    Yes, I think Newstart should be increased. I've been where they are before and it's not easy. If you're not living at home and paying rent you don't have much leftover for that fortnight, when most rental properties exceed that amount, that's if you don't live in or been offered public housing. Also after rent, you have to budget for other stuff like Gas/Electricity, food, etc. Not everyone on NS wants be in that situation and wants to get out of it and help themselves. So if the government allowed NS to be increased, it may be a bit more comfortable for those who are already struggling financially and helping others to help themselves.

    Posted by Jodes1 on 12 May 2019

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    Darren

    Yes, newstart and youth allowance should be increased. It's impossible to survive on $450 a fortnight

    Posted by Darren on 10 May 2019

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    Writer Steven

    I'm on Austudy. The state government takes 20% of my Austudy. I am almost 50 yrs old, and am living on $180 a week. Governments don't care - they like to see us suffer and break the law because it keeps their mates in the police and gaols employed.

    Posted by Writer Steven on 06 May 2019

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    Ciinna

    No ! The price of living is ridiculous , it's difficult for Young people these days to live off $450...

    Posted by Ciinna on 02 May 2019

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    Ashley

    It should be increased and so should youth allowance.

    Posted by Ashley on 30 Apr 2019

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    86

    I don't believe unemployment benefits should be raised BUT before the government goes down that track they should ensure the wealthy/the big four banks and do not forget the multi nationals and please put an end to extremely rich/high income earners placing their cash into offshore accounts. The unemployed need a guaranteed benefit that allows them a healthy food intake that doesn't include junk food, cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs and gives sufficient money that includes public transport or fuel to at least make their job interviews.

    Posted by 86 on 30 Apr 2019

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    EroView

    Of course only the wealthy and the working have a right to drug problems :-D *sarcasm*

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    8181

    Imagine if people were this concerned about people like Rupert Murdoch receiving millions from the government while paying no tax. While actively trying to encourage these culture wars among the populace mind you.

    Posted by 8181 on 29 Apr 2019

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    Quadri

    Lifting the rate of unemployment benefits would bring down poverty levels and reduce inequality in Australia..

    Posted by Quadri on 29 Apr 2019

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    Irena

    As a person who has been on Newstart long term & a 46 yr old female I'd really like to see the Newstart payment increased as I barely keep afloat. Now before you judge let me explain why I have been on Newstart long term. Firstly I have an auto immune disease and other health problems, so unfortunately I find it hard to work full-time. So I tend to get jobs that a casual or part time, but as a lot of people know it's very hard to find stable part time work. Yes I could go onto Disability and did try once but was knocked back and that's fine, but also I do want to work just not easy when I can get sick for a few months at a time but I still push through and go to my job agency and look every day for jobs.

    Posted by Irena on 29 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Drink celery juice on an empty stomach every morning it will help you to get and stay well. I understand how hard it is, I had IBS for years and now cured myself, and it was impossible to even leave the house at times but it is not classed as a disability like so many other health issues. People have to stop judging those that are long term unemployed .Everyone has a different story.

    Posted by musicveg on 30 Apr 2019

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    Daniel

    The social security in our country is a joke I was homeless a few years ago due to ptsd and a messy divorce I had to apply for the dole and wait 6 weeks to get it yet a refugee got it straight away when I did get it it wasn't enough to live on by the time I had managed to find a cheap room I had barely enough to buy food the dole needs a massive overhaul to help people live on it

    Posted by Daniel on 29 Apr 2019

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    Rebecca

    A friend of mine has been through dv she had help for 6 months than was put on to new start she is doing a course to get a job so she can support her kids. If doing a course I think helping people to survive her mum helps her but if she had no one she and the kids would be out on the streets I do believe every cercomstance is different that’s the hard bit xx

    Posted by Rebecca on 29 Apr 2019

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    mysteron347

    This is way too complex a problem to be solved just by throwing money at it. Our Social Security system was designed a century ago to solve the problems of that time for society as it was at that time. Since then, the politicians have been patching the system, mainly to curry favour with (ie. votes from) various nosy groups. Certainly, some gross unfairness has been fixed, but we're still left with an outdated mess - and there are many countries who share the problem (and have been unable to solve it.) People are living longer - 60 years in the 1920s, 82 years now. We could reduce the number of pensions by increasing the retirement age, or increase taxes. Increasing taxes means people have to work more to maintain their lifestyle, so the demand for work will increase regardless of which method is used. Technology has led to a reduction in the amount of work available - we just don't need the proportion of clerks to process paperwork any more, nor do we need as many process-workers in factories or telephonists or telegraphists. So the amount of work available to be done divided by the number of workers available to do it has decreased. If we reduce the working week, then we could have more people employed, but so many people have geared their lifestyle to their income and overspent on a too-big house, a brand-new 4WD in the driveway and foreign holidays every year. What we need to do is to have a serious inquiry into what to do - and only then can we decide on such things as benefits provided by governments.

    Posted by mysteron347 on 29 Apr 2019

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    Alisonk

    Absolutely newstart payments should be increased. Getting a job isn't as easy as everyone thinks. Were mean to be a country where people don't have to go without but I wouldn't be surprised at all if people on newstart/ sole parent/ age pension or any other government benefit do. I truly believe that these people live below or so close to below the poverty line it would hinder them in getting a job. Maybe an increase and an increase in job training. Let's give every chance to those who are struggling.

    Posted by Alisonk on 29 Apr 2019

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    Irena

    So agree Alison.

    Posted by Irena on 29 Apr 2019

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    lindy59

    i totally agree with you.

    Posted by lindy59 on 29 Apr 2019

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    Just-Jano

    DEAD Start payment OR Work for the DOLE ,, either way ,,its a shame payment ,,STARVATION Wages , A Farking JoKe .. THe right wing - sting . supposed to be Christian ..But fakes !!!

    Posted by Just-Jano on 29 Apr 2019

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    Just-Jano

    you scums ...who say ,,,get a job ...you make like it sounds ,, Jobs are like fish n chips ..every one can get them on a Friday or a Sunday roast ,,your out of touch ,,with main stream Australia ...you Hypocrites ,, Just because you have Job ..Dont go rubbishing people ..who try hard ..But cant find anything !! Dont go putting scorn on those ,,,who are having a fair go ...you hypo critical Dogs !!! I hope one day you taste ...Work for the Mole ..Dole ...see if you can handle this scab Money !!! you farking hypocrite Fiberals !!! ......

    Posted by Just-Jano on 29 Apr 2019

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    Paul

    Certainly.. Have you tried living off of so little money. My wife and myself are on carers and disability pensions for my medical issues... We have a 22 year old daughter that has had the most terrible luck since leaving high school with finding full time employment which doesn't exist for the young. She had to move back with us a second time as it becomes impossible to get a head of bills etc and look for jobs off $165 a week..

    Posted by Paul on 28 Apr 2019

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    Rebecca

    Yes! My goodness!!

    Posted by Rebecca on 28 Apr 2019

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    Starry-eyed

    Yes

    Posted by Starry-eyed on 28 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    Get a job. I did, I'm 58, I have been on unemployment benefits for about 6 weeks of my entire life .... those times were in my late teens and mid twenties, the 1st time was about 2 weeks, the second was about 3 or 4 weeks. The way to cut employment is to get a job ... simple. I lost my job of 28 years last October. I've got casual work coming out of my ears, I haven't needed welfare, I will NEVER need welfare while I am able bodied, except for maybe the aged pension, when I'm no longer able to physically work. Longtime unemployed people need to not be so picky and get off your arse. You are scabs, you live off MY tax and those of other hardworking people, & what is more, you are making people that are on the aged pension poor, because you are too bloody lazy to get out and work. You mention struggling Aussies .... have you given thought to the farmers who have gone through years of drought, only to have their stock drown in a flood. You do not struggle, you don't get off your arse and get yourself out there ... do you volunteer? If so, where? Stop whinging about what you are entitled to, and start making a difference about what you CAN do. Go do something for someone else instead of worrying about the dole and what it pays ... if you were working you wouldn't be worried about welfare.

    Posted by Ulysses on 28 Apr 2019

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    EroView

    I have a counter response/question. Can You or Anyone with this position offer those willing unemployed a Job? Anyone? Give us a Job, Give Us a Job!? How many among us have gone out of our way to connect with long term unemployed people and offer them a real fair go?

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    EroView

    A paid Job I mean btw, as many of The Unemployed are working in unpaid voluntary positions. Consider this also, many unemployed and others on benefits Volunteer to Work Unpaid to Give back to society and also for their health and well being. But there are those who are forced into so-called "voluntary work" or work for the dole...does this not contradict Our Human Right to receive support/ social security from our governments without condition. Does it constitute a form of civil slavery? Consider also that if those unpaid workers were not "voluntarily" filling those positions that paid positions would have to be created instead!? We also have the Human Right to Live Free and Not Be Held in Slavery. So...it's a little more complex than simply...get a job. I would ask for you to show me paid work that long term unemployed are likely to get for starters.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    8181

    There are literally not enough jobs for people. It's not that simple at all. Times have changed since you were young and you got in and got various experience when it was good by the looks of it. I'm sorry, but you are out of touch.

    Posted by 8181 on 29 Apr 2019

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    mysteron347

    Well, I'm 65 and have been unemployed for 17 years+. Because I saved an invested in this country, I had accumulated too many assets to get the dole - not that I wanted the dole. If you aren't on the dole, the "recruitment agents" aren't interested as they are paid a handsome premium for taking people OFF of the dole. So for 15 years, I survived on my savings until I could arrange my affairs to comply with the rules and start receiving the dole and hence increase my chances of gaining employment through a recruiter. Casual work doesn't come easy in IT - and when you have a resume which is 100% IT since you joined the workforce, employers don't want you. If the job is outside of IT, then "You'll leave as soon as you find an IT job." If it's an IT job then the recruiters can make more money by importing a green candidate from a third-world country. I've had recruiters complain to me that they have to apply a skills test to their recruits before they can send them out to work as their qualifications are just so much paper. They recruit overseas and pay a subsistence wage. When their imported candidate asks for a more realistic income, they're told to go to centrelink as the recruiter has a queue of eager candidates ready to replace them. In IT, it's next to impossible to get a job except through a recruiter. I have - but the job was taken from me after 6 months because my immediate boss had promised it to his wife. Volunteering? Yes - I tried that, at TADWA (Technical Aid for the Disabled WA) for 9 months. They wanted me to go from 2 days a week to 3, but since I was being paid the big $8/day petrol money but it was costing me $25/day to travel, I could not. Eventually I left because the boss was mechanically undoing the work I was doing when I wasn't there. "Couldn't do it without the volunteers" if the volunteers agreed with him and "There's a queue waiting to take your place" if they didn't. Time and effort wasted (not just mine - every volunteer's) because the labour was provided at no cost and hence was valued at zero. Entitled to? Well, since I saved and invested, I won't get an old-age pension, if that's what you mean. Just because you pay your taxes doesn't entitle you to anything. Now if you spend every last cent you earn on self-entertainment, that's another story. Then you get a pension. You're entitled to it, see?

    Posted by mysteron347 on 29 Apr 2019

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    Heather

    Yes it should. I usually work but having had a recent operation where I couldnt work for 3mths I only had Centrelink to pay my rent and bills. By the time I paid my fortnightly rent I had approx $100 for the fortnight for bills and food. It is very hard to survive

    Posted by Heather on 28 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    Sickness benefits should be increased.

    Posted by Ulysses on 28 Apr 2019

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    Franklin

    Yes, it should be increased.

    Posted by Franklin on 28 Apr 2019

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    mel25

    It’s very hard to live and survive if one has medical condition and NIL income from Centrelink and does not qualify for any assistance due to partners income. The system sucks and they assist only the refugees with all the benefits none for the people who have been paying taxes for decades.

    Posted by mel25 on 28 Apr 2019

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    Bryn

    Increase with incentives back to work

    Posted by Bryn on 28 Apr 2019

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    j

    Should definitely get increased

    Posted by j on 28 Apr 2019

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    DJB-1959

    Should be increased or other options to increase allowance so that those in rented accommodation or required to travel distance to work have funds to make this possible

    Posted by DJB-1959 on 28 Apr 2019

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    Keith

    Should be increased

    Posted by Keith on 28 Apr 2019

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    Kelly

    No. Increase the age pension and disability support pension if anything.

    Posted by Kelly on 28 Apr 2019

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    ozycash

    It is increase twice per year. If people wanted to work they can as there are lots of jobs out there, the problem is the people, they want CEO positions they don't want to get dirty. Fruit picking is a well paid job you can make over $300 per day easily yes I typed per DAY, yet very few want to do it.

    Posted by ozycash on 28 Apr 2019

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    8181

    I've done fruit picking. I did not make $300 per day, in fact that is f**king hilarious to think just anyone can go and make $300 per day picking fruit. The chances are you won't make much unless you are pretty fit and have the capacity for the work if it's going by piece rate. I was always on wages thankfully. I was almost going to do piece rate work before a course started. While sifting through the paper work I noticed a statement saying the average weekly pay is under $200 - 6 full days per week work. That doesn't even cover rent and should be illegal. Also, the immigrants get paid less money than Australians. The visa system is in place for a reason. I'm not sure if they even get covered by any insurance. I respect the few that can go out and kick a**e making a decent amount but that system is extremely sketchy.

    Posted by 8181 on 29 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    Absolutely agree ozycash. I live in an area that grows bananas & paw paws, roughly 50% of the workers are either backpackers or workers contracted from the South Sea Islands, because the farmers cannot fill their needs with locals .... plenty of fit young locals are unemployed and on the dole though! I personally lost my part time permanent veterinary nurse's job last October after 28 years, and while I haven't picked up part time permanent work YET, I have had casual work coming out of my ears, in fact I've earned more money in the last 6 months than I did in the entire last financial year when I had a regular income ..... I certainly haven't needed welfare. INCREASE the old age pension though.

    Posted by Ulysses on 28 Apr 2019

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    Glenda

    Definitely as well as the Disability and Aged Pension. Politicians should take Pay cuts and their expense accounts should have a cap on them. And all Politicians should not be allowed to claim a pension if they earn over a certain amount and should be the same age as the rest of us to qualify. If they own companies or have partners who are wealthy they shouldn't qualify for it. The pension we receive should be what all Politicians get also. Let's see them manage on what we get paid.

    Posted by Glenda on 28 Apr 2019

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    nellyy63

    The Newstart allowance should definitely be increased. It hasn't been increased in over 20 years, meanwhile politicians receive regular wage rises plus the benefits that come with their jobs. Politicians get paid regardless of whether they do a good job or not and most of them under perform spectacularly on a regular basis. Meanwhile job searchers on Newstart have to constantly prove that they are trying to find work that just isn't there. There are not enough jobs for everyone. Newstart recipients are being set up for failure and a life of poverty by their own government. Meanwhile the politicians fail, fail and fail some more but still get paid and wage rises, free travel, meal tickets etc. I think the system is criminal and evil. It makes me feel very vulnerable as to how I would get buy if I had no job and no money.

    Posted by nellyy63 on 28 Apr 2019

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    Just-Jano

    Stuff off ..The Punitive ...The 2002 / 2003 .inquiry into poverty looked into that ,,But it was not followed up !!! There is so much Punitive in the ongoing approach ! nothing will change ..untill ..real solutions be found ..I have suggested some ..I am sincere .. And the 2002 / 2003 , into poverty enquiry of the Senate ,,Have offered some .. I repeat ,,Investment - into Job creation .schemes ..will pay off in the long run ,,, Axe ..work for the dole ..There is no return on taxes in that scam !!! But if you truely invest in a National job creation ,investment scheme ..there will be a return !!!!!,, cause of the taxes being paid into the economy ... If your on work for the mole ..you dont pay taxes ...But if there was a job creation programme ..you would pay taxes ..going back into the system ..unlike work for the mole ...I hope some one .gets me //some where ,,its common sence !!!

    Posted by Just-Jano on 28 Apr 2019

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    squeekums1

    Yes it should be increased. Everything else has increased yet new start hasn't, it literally buries , it's unalienable. How can a person be expected to fill their obligations when they can't even afford to eat or put petrol in the car, let alone be dressed the way centerlink deem appropriate for interviews. Many have to choose, food rent or electricity. Many go without food just so kids can eat or rent is paid. Many need dental work, it's unaffordable on centerline Many put off healthcare cos it's too expensive if not on pbs or specialist out of question Can be effective in looking for work if your struggling to merely survive and stay alive

    Posted by squeekums1 on 28 Apr 2019

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    pottsandpotts

    Just go to Centrelink Offices at the end of each year in West and South West Sydney and you will see mum and Dad bringing in their kids and signing them up for welfare. When you have a whole family (Mum/Dad/Kids) all on welfare there is something wrong with the system.

    Posted by pottsandpotts on 28 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    There is something wrong with the job creation part, many jobs going overseas, many jobs going casual, temporary and contract. We have lost permanent jobs to the gig economy and robotics is soon to follow. We are heading for a disaster if something doesn't change soon.

    Posted by musicveg on 30 Apr 2019

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    James

    The answer is yes and No yes to those who show genuine interest in not being unemployed but are genuine straggling and No to those who don't. However if it is increased it should come with no more punitive conditions . The is too meany punitive conditions attached already

    Posted by James on 28 Apr 2019

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    Just-Jano

    A Royal Commission into - WORK FOR THE DOLE _ MOLE is needed !! And, For DEAD START .. A ROYAL COMMISSION into this Poverty induced . Band aid solution ..Poverty added woes .. This idealogy of the Fiberals - in relation to welfare ,,Is crossly unfair .. There was a senate inquiry to welfare and poverty in this country in.2002 /2003 ,,it made many recomendations ,,why was this not followed up ?? Its sitting in the Canberra Library ..gathering cob webs ..! ( The proof is in the pudding ..Enquiry into poverty- 2002 / 2003 ..There is a thick book ,,with recommendations ..100% from that )..A Royal commission into poverty and Dead start ,,shine the light on this grose mis carriage of justice !!! of common decency !!! ....Massive Job creation ..Not Mutual obligation !!! Solutions needed ..not judgement and scorn !! Refer to the Senate enquiry into poverty 2002 - 2003 , for answers !!!... refer to that ,,its there ..!!!............................

    Posted by Just-Jano on 28 Apr 2019

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    James

    Work for the dole is a complete waist of government money and in most cases a waist of time for people who have too do it. yes it is unfair and dosnt carry any justice. Ok yes it does give peaple something to do but if its a forced thing actually de motivates people. it will only work if the person can do it in something that has some interested in the job even if its as small as 5 %

    Posted by James on 28 Apr 2019

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    Just-Jano

    There should be no such thing as New start - aka ..Dead start - Fart ! Or work for the MOLE !! This right wing - sting crap- has been in since , The Fiberals brought it in Under Howard ,,A draconion measure ..to make life tough and un-fair ,,criminalise ..demonise .un-employed people ! Make them the criminals of society ! The Murdoch media and the right wing dogs ..Have kept ..Dead start and work for the mole in place .!! Its time to Axe this crap ! ( Massive Job creation investment needed !!! ! Not Mutual obligation )...Its time for politicians to go on Dead start for 1 year ,,and all the workers in comfort zones, who critizise unemployed people ..to experience - Starvation wages and poverty for 1 year ,,Lets see if you can give up your posh life style ...for work for the mole ..who you voted in !!! Hypocrites- dead hearted right wing sting ..mob ...No solutions ...Just attack ..the less well off !!!!... The Fiberals ..Mob !!!!.........

    Posted by Just-Jano on 28 Apr 2019

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    Gail

    Yes it should, everything else goes up but not new start how does that one work?

    Posted by Gail on 28 Apr 2019

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    Just-Jano

    Axe- DEAD START - Axe - Work for the Mole ! Its a train wreck on Steroids ! no taxes are being paid by this Rort scheme ! Its Starvation wages and its mass exploitation on Grand scale ! - A more Humane and practicle way of getting people into real Jobs - Is Job Creation schemes . (.Create Jobs ,where there are no jobs !!! A massive job creation investment is needed ..Similar to The RED Scheme !) THat scheme only went for 6 months ! Not enough time to even scratch the surface or touch the sides ! ... A national Job creation investment scheme ..could pay all welfare receipents the minimum wage , plus entitlements . The taxes on this is around 150 dollars a week .so 700,000 people at 150 a week = around a Billion dollars in taxes going back in to the economy ,,at 1 month ,,thats around 4 billion at 12 months ..around 48 Billion !! The Federal ..States and private sectors could all pitch in and make it happen .The scheme will pay for it self , in the first couple of months ! An investment in job creation schemes ,, is a guaranteed return ..Because all the taxes going back in to the economy .48 billion dollars is a great return for a couple billion ..to Give Unenployed people a leg up and a fair start!!!! ,,Not a dead start ,,starvation wages on work for the dole ..Be used and abused by the system ..(There should Be a Royal commission held into this Dragonian monster ,,called- work for the dole !!! ) Massive investment in to Job creation schemes ..will or could be the long over due answer, for long term sustainment for un-employed people!!! .There is million things they could be paid to do ,if it was funded and sustained ..watch the economy debt and deficit shrink.and productivity improve ,,As the side lined become employed and dignity restored ! .End, DEAD START ,END ,Work for the Mole !! now ..Investment in Job creation programmes - long term ..right now ..A fair go start !! ...Fair Dinkum for all !!!

    Posted by Just-Jano on 28 Apr 2019

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    David

    Of course it should That barely covers rent People need to eat, pay bills, travel,.. shame it's been so long

    Posted by David on 28 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Aksel

    Increase payments for those willing to participate in work for their allowances

    Posted by Aksel on 28 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    tilted_windmill

    Those who work should be paid relevant award wage.

    Posted by tilted_windmill on 28 Apr 2019

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    Lynne

    Yes it should be increased only to cover every day living expenses. If you need a car petrol is now $1.60 plus per litre. Rents are too high and food costs have gone through the roof. No wonder there is an obesity problem in Australia. People on low incomes can only afford cheap junk food.

    Posted by Lynne on 28 Apr 2019

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    EroView

    To be honest it is much cheaper to cook at home and shop in bulk, but you raise a fair point...can we all cook? Have we learnt how to shop? To Budget? Could simple help such as cooking classes and shopping coaches help Australians on Fixed low incomes to budget and better survive? Not to mention the nutritional benefits :-D

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    Ulysses

    They can only afford cheap junk food .....really? Where do you shop? Most weeks I spend around $20.00 - $30.00 .... sometimes less, I buy good whole foods and fresh foods. I do buy 1 kg of raw fish for around $10.00 that lasts me 3ish weeks .... I realize that some people on the street without cooking facilities cannot do that. I have tried to put myself in their shoes & realise that they may only have a backpack or a plastic bag as a cupboard, & no refrigeration, buy a 750gr bag of home brand oats, ( for the "cupboard"), $1.10 for the bag contains 25 serves = .044 cents, milk, $1.20 for 4 serves, needs to be consumed that day or sooner .... using that line of thinking I have roughly costed out what a person on the streets with no facilities to keep food cold or to cook, but with a "cupboard" on their back and something to put their food on and eat with. I have also assumed they cannot afford to buy a bag of apples/ pears/oranges or other cheap fruit in bulk ... i.e. a 1 kg bag, and even if they can, it might be a bit too much for the "cupboard". As best I can, and using a current Woollies price list, a breakfast of 3 serves of oats, a serve of milk, with a banana comes to the princely sum of 70.132 cents ... I am not aware of any fast food outlets that can beat that price .... I would almost have to double the milk price for that meal, because any leftover after 3.pm would almost have to be thrown away, unless it's a cold day, or it's shared with someone in similar circumstances, so an expensive breakfast would reach $1.00.132 cents. Lunch would be a small tin of fish, sardines are yummy, and a half a packet of a small salad .... given they have no facilities to buy & chop their own stuff, so lunch would be a little more expensive, about $2.30 including a serve of milk ..... I think some of the people that sell dead processed food might match that .... but at what expense to a person's health. Night time would be the rest of the packet of lunch salad, + what ever milk is left over, so about $1.30. So roughly costing $5.00 a day. I would NOT like to be on that diet for a second, but it is definitely WAY BETTER than eating the shit that comes from fast food outlets ... and there's no fast food outlet that can give you a halfway good diet. So my point is that people on low incomes can eat better, they just are not aware.

    Posted by Ulysses on 28 Apr 2019

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    Narelle

    For the people that really need it I would say yes. But there are so many people who abuse the system, once they are on long term no interest in getting a job But in saying that it is not that easy to get a job when you are mature aged either.

    Posted by Narelle on 28 Apr 2019

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    Tim

    Yes or cards Xtra to assist

    Posted by Tim on 28 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Tim

    A majority of people can't survive as the cost of renting a place/ medical coverage/transport/your meant to have good clothes for job interviews/keep your phone alive,& so on there's not enough money from Centrelink to pay for all this . a pay rise is not good cause the bad (do drugs & crime)to live,& the honest people need assistance from agencies ,it's getting worse but nothing happens

    Posted by Tim on 28 Apr 2019

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    justifiable1

    For single people and for couples without children it is definitely insufficient. I have no idea how you could survive on that amount in the private rental market I would imagine it would be next to impossible. Perhaps in subsidised housing you can survive on it but then the waiting lists for those properties are years long so unless you have family or friends to help you out I can't see how you could do much of anything really.

    Posted by justifiable1 on 28 Apr 2019

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    Brian

    the easy answer is get a job. Getting paid to do nothing is just encouraging people to not take any job that is available.

    Posted by Brian on 28 Apr 2019

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    EroView

    Any-job? there is a word for that, Slave.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

  • [5] [0]
    squeekums1

    What jobs? There literally nothing in my town or general area unless you a trained nurse. The local foodland openly age discriminates. Can't move, too expensive, we rent from in-laws who give us a deal Plus kiddo settled at school and has a chance to better her life there

    Posted by squeekums1 on 28 Apr 2019

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    tilted_windmill

    I am a qualified teacher. I have an Honours degree, plus several Cert IVs in various areas. I couldn't get anything more than casual work as a teacher. Been in and out of work in several industries with substantial periods of unemployment in between. In those periods I have had to rely on relatives and friends and credit cards (I now have $15000 of cc debt) just to survive. I also owe my mother, who is a pensioner, several thousand dollars.I've just become unemployed AGAIN. Saying "the easy answer is get a job" is the most ridiculous and insulting thing to say. Getting paid to do nothing? Have you heard of Mutual Obligation? Work for the Dole? They don't allow you to "do nothing". They put you through demeaning "Job Search training" courses. You are forced to apply for a set number of jobs every week, and prove that you have applied for them. You end up wasting your own and employers' time applying for the most ridiculous jobs just to fill your quota of applications.

    Posted by tilted_windmill on 28 Apr 2019

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    Shütey

    Yes. If not, then perhaps provide other subsidies to assist with living expenses? Such as transport, electricity discounts etc

    Posted by Shütey on 28 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    dodger37

    Public transport should definitvely be free to unemployed so that they could get to job interviews without having to worry about the cost

    Posted by dodger37 on 28 Apr 2019

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    Cherie

    I am on Newstart myself I get 610 a fortnight after paying bills and buying food I have $50 left for the fortnight! It sucks!

    Posted by Cherie on 28 Apr 2019

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    Sophia

    Yes. $490 is not enough to live on - pay rent, buy food, etc while looking for work, especially if people are looking for work long term.

    Posted by Sophia on 28 Apr 2019

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    Trent

    Yes it should be that would be hard to live on as it is.

    Posted by Trent on 28 Apr 2019

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    Col

    Yes.Providing a minimum level of income increases people's dignity and confidence. An experiment conducted, (I believe in Canada somewhere) showed unemployment drop, drug use drop, domestic violence drop, hospital emergency drop, truancy drop when they set an income that was above minimum wage. This actually reduced the costs on the government

    Posted by Col on 28 Apr 2019

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    Anita

    I think the single people looking for work on new start allowance should actually be increase there money to at least 800 a fornight due to travel expenses for looking for work and getting work clothes and expenses it’s not enough at this point

    Posted by Anita on 28 Apr 2019

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    Scullie

    Yes absolutely. I live on $560 per fortnight minus $260 that centrepay takes out for my bills such as rates, water, gas, electricity. That leaves me $150 a week to eat and try and have some sort of life and no hope of getting ahead. And many do it even harder than I. It's sad. Newstart hasn't gone up in over 10 years probably longer. It's disgraceful and anyone who thinks differently has no idea of the real world and if people comment against my post, I couldn't be bothered argueing with your bitter greedy sorry arses. You have no idea and not worth my words or emotions. Good empathetic people will understand. Thank you peeps

    Posted by Scullie on 27 Apr 2019

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    lukeyff23

    No there are heaps of opportunities out there for people to make money but others have become lazy. so why give them the extra money to just do the same thing over and over.

    Posted by lukeyff23 on 27 Apr 2019

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    Wayne

    I would like to have more money at the end of the week but it's not going to happen in my life

    Posted by Wayne on 27 Apr 2019

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    Anne

    Yes it should and all utilities and rent should all be direct debit

    Posted by Anne on 27 Apr 2019

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    Aje

    Need to earn enough to pay for their needs and to get them involve in a volunteer job to gain experience for future job.

    Posted by Aje on 27 Apr 2019

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    Patricia

    Luckily my son has been employed and got part payments for a while. But he got 550.00 per fortnight. His part time job got him just over 500.00 per week, he could have left the job and depend on Newstart but he would have to apply for 8 jobs a fortnight. There were not that many jobs available and few people employed in the hospitality business get permanent basis jobs. Alright in major cities but in regional towns one is lucky to have a part time job even in Woolworths.

    Posted by Patricia on 27 Apr 2019

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    Martin

    Yes welfare should be increased. Under the LNP, Newstart has not been increased for over 6 years. Outrageous.

    Posted by Martin on 27 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    They have only been minor CPI increases it has not been raised for 25 years!!

    Posted by musicveg on 27 Apr 2019

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    Whizbang

    The Government claims to have created a large amount of jobs but the do not say how many are full time. The Newstart allowance is insufficient to cover the cost of rent and food let alone any funds to allow a person to attend job interviews. If the Government feels that the Newstart Allowance is sufficient maybe they should build thousands of accomodation units and allow the unemployed to have a home with rent low enough to be paid from the allowance. Further, if a person is made redundant over the age of 45 it is very difficult to find a new job with the rampany age discrimination which is practised by employers whether private or government so as a bare minimum the Newstart should be significantly increased for unemployed people over the age of 45.

    Posted by Whizbang on 27 Apr 2019

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    Trutie Frutie

    No i don't think that it should be increased

    Posted by Trutie Frutie on 27 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Martin

    You probably don't know anyone who is unemployed

    Posted by Martin on 27 Apr 2019

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    Ingrid

    no as that wouldn't incourage them to look for work

    Posted by Ingrid on 27 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Martin

    Why would they look for a job when they can't afford to eat? Never mind transport and clothes to attend interviews.

    Posted by Martin on 27 Apr 2019

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    Captain Nightowl

    Yes I think it should be increased, but if still on it after 6 months then it should slowly start to reduce down, except for those over 55

    Posted by Captain Nightowl on 27 Apr 2019

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    mishaman65

    I totally agree with "Barry below", if a person on newstart shows that they are honestly looking for work then "HELL YES" they need higher income. Could you imagine our politicians living on $490 a fortnight? That barely or doesnt even pay the rent. We are living in the most expensive " Western country in the world" and our wages for everyone, "EXCEPT POLITICIANS" need to be higher. Pensioners only get $375 a week to live on so imagine how we cope? But we cant go out and get a job like others can as i barely manage to get around the house.But believe me if the next 40 years in Australia go like the last 40 years then Australia "HAS NO FUTURE". "WE WILL BE ANOTHER 3rd WORLD COUNTRY", we need change and we need it fast.

    Posted by mishaman65 on 27 Apr 2019

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    Derek

    Yes I do people are realy struggling to pay bills and have food on table let alone be able to get around if people were in a better place then they would have more incentive to look for work not starve them out to wanna work

    Posted by Derek on 27 Apr 2019

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    Barry

    In certain circumstances I would agree. Where the unemployed person shows they are actively seeking work some extra incentive should be allocated to assist the job seeker. For those not appearing for interviews or showing active interest a volunteer activity should be enforced. At age 60 I was out of work, and volunteered which led to a paid position. There is work out there.

    Posted by Barry on 27 Apr 2019

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    Kalou

    'Newstart' is exactly that.....financial AID to help when life circumstances change and to assist you getting back on your feet. Not to live off permanently. If there is no 'medical reason' for you to not work, then you find a job and contribute to society and be a role model for others. There are plenty of Job Agencies geared to help those who want to help themselves. There is no reason for our long term unemployed except pure laziness. Even people with disabilities work! And if a job cannot be found, then Volunteer and make a difference. No, Newstart should not be increased to help unemployed 'live' off welfare. If you want better quality life? Get a job

    Posted by Kalou on 27 Apr 2019

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    Martin

    Whoever said they would be willing to live permanently on a payment that hardly covers food and accommodation?

    Posted by Martin on 27 Apr 2019

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    mishaman65

    I totally disagree with you kalou, i have had 4 of my kids begging their job agencies to help them find a job and do you know how many jobs the " Job agencies" have sent them on? " 0", nothing , all of my kids ended up finding jobs themselves. Job agencies are a " USELESS WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY". every one of them should be unemployed because they are bloody useless. They are supposed to help people find a job but i have never seen anyone get a job through them. THEY ARE USELESS>

    Posted by mishaman65 on 27 Apr 2019

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    PETER

    Newstart is just a pittance and should be increased so that people can dress smartly for job interviews . We are always hearing that Australia is a wealthy country and people on newstart should be able to live with dignity. All the people that I know who are on newstart would dearly love a job to go to.

    Posted by PETER on 27 Apr 2019

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    socker

    I am now retired but believe that the newstart or what ever it is called should be high enough for people to live. That is pay the rent buy food etc with a small amount left over for emergencies. For those who say there is plenty of work out there I would ask them to explain the national statistics that show there are many more people out of work than there are jobs. I remember the last time my company advertised a job there were three thousand applicants for the six jobs and it was my job to sort through the applicants, which was very difficult as the majority would of made suitable employees.

    Posted by socker on 27 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Wow 3000 applicants that is amazing, just goes to show that people do want to work, so much for all those saying that Newstart recipients do not want to work. No there is not enough jobs for everyone and it is getting worse due to automation and jobs going overseas and those visiting Australia on visa's and immigration. Australians are getting pushed down to the bottom of the heap.

    Posted by musicveg on 27 Apr 2019

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    Redfran1

    Yes, it is not to live on as it is now.

    Posted by Redfran1 on 27 Apr 2019

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    Mumof4

    Dynamo, I read over your post and your fairly uneducated and out of touch with society words preaching the same look at me look at me with almost racistly sterotyping all people who all have a different story into dole bludging cigarette smoking and alcohol driven couch warmers. Surely you must see now in hindsight how narrow minded you are being when you read over what you wrote. A friend of mine and I started our own company back 4 years ago. Having worked with very successful results in the solar industry for a mutual friend of ours contributing majorily in him becoming financially undependant, we both felt why not do it for ourselves. We took the plunge. Borrowed from my wifes family and one of my best mates the capital ($150k) to get started. We were starting a company from scratch so everything had to be designed created and produced including immediate sales. We brought in an immediate hit the ground running sales force who all wanted to be paid...........So you can see where im going with this. To fast forward 2years outside family members and other mitigating circumstances brought a tidal wave of internal bleeding to the company that over 18months ago ended up going into administration. My business partner has tried commiting suicide twice, is in and out of mental health hospital regulary. His partner and 2 girls are no longer living with him as for his unstable position. He has been trying to get centerlink payments for over 6 months but isn't given any benefit due to income tax issues that are being held up through an accountant. He had no money. He is in a bad way. I went from earning between $130 and $170k a year we have 4 girls aged 5 to 9 years old. We have a mortgage, we havent paid our mortgage for easily a year. We have both accessed and used our entire superannuation to put towards our mortgage after the first 6 months of unemployment. We have car loans, credit cards, personal loans and due to trying to keep the company going in the last months of it trading we missed paying employee super and so I have a large taxation debt also. None of our debts, our family home our cars nothing is being serviced with any sort of payments because the Centerlink money we receive combined is about $650 a week. Our mortgage repayment when we were paying it was $800 a week. Once we buy 4kids and 2 adults food, have the utility bills, school costs etc paid for we sometimes find ourselves with no food in the fridge for the kids with 1 or 2 days to go till money comes through again. You wouldn't understand how that plays on us as parents. With suppliers wanting to try make me bankrupt and family and a good mate who were partially paid back there loan to start the business no longer the relationships they once were, depression, anxiety, helplessness, over commited financial stresses and almost certainly living with a mental health issue making sure we both put on the right face for our kids is draining enough. With my skillset and knowledge companies always over look me, managers who are hiring feel intimidated if they were to hire me with their own jobs I could keep going and explain many outside of my control conditions that don't provide me employment. Newstart allowance is a laughable arrangment the money isn't enough to see our kids fed at the end of some fortnights let alone being able to buy smokes drinks and whatever else. Everyone has a story, almost all have genuine conditions that see them have to fall back onto Centerlink Benefits. Its demoralizing already being unemployed but imagine dealing with a huge amount of other stuff that no one else would know about. Its unfortunate that you will find yourself with your opinion and attitude using Centerlink because the world works in ways where it teaches those of us that are naive and out of touch exactly what we actually dont have a clue about. Best of luck to everyone else who has commented and shared a little of their story its hard, emotional and difficult. Hang in there.

    Posted by Mumof4 on 27 Apr 2019

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    DJB-1959

    Similarly when you are a family with two incomes and suddenly one of you is made redundant Centrelink don't want to know you because you still have an income coming in to the family - never mind the fact that your living standards have been reduced to half and all the 'luxuries' that you have had previously and contributed to the tax system and kept people employed - now we don't buy anything of note, save even less and the politicians wonder why the economy isn't booming. The unemployment figures might say we are doing OK - but when you are not counted because you are not receiving Centrelink benefits it really irks me that the level of underemployment is never reported. I have two adult children to support - finishing their university degrees - and they cannot find work unless they want to travel and do fly-in-fly out as casuals - with limited fixed term contracts that could be taken away by 457 visa applicants because people don't have the skills in the country - Bulls*** - start giving out kids the degrees and training and apprentice work they deserve and stop bringing in overseas cheap labour. People on the dole will work if they have meaningful work that actually pays a living wage - where they can pay their HECS debt - which no politician has ever had to pay - and start building their lives buy buying a house they can afford and be a part of the tax paying, employed and appreciated member of the Australian population.

    Posted by DJB-1959 on 28 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    We need stories like yours being sent to politicians, send it to the Greens for starters they are the only party that wants to raise Newstart.

    Posted by musicveg on 27 Apr 2019

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    tpw1961

    Sadly, I have had to rely on the dole a few times in my life and while I believe it is a sad necessity, it is also being managed poorly and seriously too little. If we expect people to go out and get jobs, they need to be able to cover the travel costs of doing that but just handing out cash which can be used on anything at anytime is just not working. Either a card which has restrictions on it (ie. no smokes or alcohol) or a financial adviser administering the funds would be a much better way. I have seen the financial adviser idea work very well in New Zealand. The benefit goes to the financial adviser who then helps the beneficiary pay their bills first (or negotiate payments) and then the rest is given to the recipient to use on other items such as job hunting. This helps to see people keep a roof over their heads while managing their bills and therefore removes a huge amount of the stress which people use as an excuse to drink or partake of drugs. It is a balancing act as to how much more to put the dole up. We need to provide enough for people to maintain an sensible level of living without giving out so much that we further remove the need to get a job. We also need to see more action taken against those who make little to no effort to seek work. Those in rural areas are further disadvantaged by lack of businesses within a reasonable distance. Try putting more people back into the Centrelink offices to help manage people properly......there is the first thing which would improve unemployment, make correctly managed and supervised work-for-the-dole non negotiable for anyone who hasn't managed to get some type of regular work within 6 mths, stop allowing people to take course after course to meet their requirements, recognize more options for volunteers, etc, etc.

    Posted by tpw1961 on 27 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    I disagree with cards and financial advisers because this is just another scam for third parties to make money off Government funds, just like so called Job Providers. It just basically boils down to there is not enough money to live off, there are very few that waste their money.

    Posted by musicveg on 27 Apr 2019

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    Ossy Sis

    Whilst there is no Definite One Response to this Questions.. I do advocate the Increase of this Benefit.. Expecting People to continue living in what should be a Now Defunct Residual Manner not only contributes to the Rise in Crime that is often Associated from inadequate Resources which enables one to Live with a Degree of Dignity. Just because People find themselves in Need of this Benefit does not Make them Unworthy to Live a Reasonable Life... Each Person Regardless of their Social Status should have the Right to a Life of Dignity, where each is afforded Clean, Hygenic Accommodation, Nourish But Simple Food, Clothing, & where their Health & Educational Needs are Met.. If any one of these Basic Rights are Denied one then Potentially they are at Risk of engaging in Unlawful Activities to meet their Needs.. In No way do I advocate that Crime should be Tolerated but I cannot help but ponder if Providing a Residual Existence dosen't contribute to the Problems that Society currently experiences, such a an Increase in Child Hood Crime,. If You Take away a Person's Hope of Living a Simple but Decent Life, its Logical to assume that they will retaliate in some manner..

    Posted by Ossy Sis on 26 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    And you wonder why so many are on prescription drugs and just give up.

    Posted by musicveg on 27 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    I do not know. What I do know is, that in 42 years of my working life, I have been on the dole twice. Neither time was for very long and I think it was total 2 months .... 5 weeks out of work the first time, the second was for 3 weeks. That was when unemployment was high .... I think 10%. Lately ... I was made redundant from a job I had been doing for 28 years ... I am working, making money ... I haven't had to rely on government handouts. There is work out there .... stop relying on the dole .... most of you are bludging. You are NOT entitled to govt. money. That is tax I have paid. Get off your arse and WORK!

    Posted by Ulysses on 26 Apr 2019

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    EroView

    Have you ever worked a day in your life for free? Some of us have. You are very judgmental and proud I-see. But what have you done to help others? :/ I fear it is those who are most selfish who thrive in our current system :( I do however respect your right to an opinion, I just do not respect or agree with your opinion itself. Do you realize that women over 50 in Australia are the most at risk of redundancy, homelessness and ending up on fixed low income? In big part due to them being the unpaid carers of family/society and gender disparity in wages/ superannuation etc? Does this inspire no compassion in those of you who would be quick to condemn your neighbor though you do not get to know them?

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

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    8181

    Most people on Newstart are working casual btw, struggling to find more work. You people are absolutely clueless and ignorant.

    Posted by 8181 on 27 Apr 2019

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    Ping Onn

    To curb unemployment, it's not so simple and direct that once you're graduated, you are guaranteed to get a job. The entire educational system has to be planned such that what types of skills are needed now and in the near future. In this way, it can help to reduce unemployment but in no way unemployment can be curbed 100 percent.

    Posted by Ping Onn on 26 Apr 2019

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    kosi23

    As someone who worked full time for 15 years before losing my job and having to choose between finding a job in the same field which i was sick of or going back to study something i was interested in. I find what a student and person on newstart are on is appalling in this day and age. i can barely survive myself on what i'm getting and they expect people to rent pay bills have food and support children on this tiny amount it is totally unfair an inhumane. no wonder so many people who are unemployed get into a vicious cycle and have mental health issues

    Posted by kosi23 on 26 Apr 2019

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    Brett

    It should be by the time rent power electric food and then travel to job interviews left with zero $ but only for the ones that are trying for jobs not the bludgers

    Posted by Brett on 26 Apr 2019

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    Shane

    Find people work. Unemployment is a vicious cycle

    Posted by Shane on 26 Apr 2019

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    graybutterfly

    Yes it should be increased as people can't afford to rent or pay a mortgage and it is not as simple as saying get a job. The job networks don't work very well for most people and need a drastic overhaul. I think they worked better when it was CES and was government based

    Posted by graybutterfly on 26 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    I agree CES was a much better system, has gone downhill fast. So complicated nowadays. Job networks are getting paid for nothing, biggest scam ever, they are under-trained and have no compassion or understanding either from what I have heard.

    Posted by musicveg on 26 Apr 2019

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    Ceedy

    No, as it makes people try harder to get a job. New start allowance should only be a short term solution which does not allow for luxury items such as smoking, drinking or holidays.

    Posted by Ceedy on 26 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Are you kidding me, no one on Newstart has any money for luxuries, after rent, food and transport to look for work.

    Posted by musicveg on 26 Apr 2019

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    simmy1978

    Yes, I myself on Newstart I have a 12yo child, I volunteer at RSPCA, I pay rent, fuel, power, insurance, rego, schooling for my child clothes and food all on what I get a fortnight and once all is paid I am left with $20. I apply for over 30 jobs a month. No there are people who don't give a shit but being in my circumstances I feel that we struggle. I am one who does all the right things. Don't judge all people on these payments like me as all aren't out there being a bum sitting on their asses doing nothing.

    Posted by simmy1978 on 26 Apr 2019

  • [7] [2]
    Stephen

    No, older Australians should be able to access the age pension at a younger age so that there will be more jobs for the unemployed.

    Posted by Stephen on 26 Apr 2019

  • [12] [0]
    Dash

    I'm just reading some of these really harsh and unrealistic comments from some of you, who probably have NO IDEA what it's like to be unemployed for many many years and YES TRYING to get work but keep getting knock back after knock back and these ignorant and uninformed comments are coming because of the very first person who ever opened their mouth calling the unemployed DOLE BLUDGERS, NOT ALL unemployed are dole bludgers yet we are all tarred with that same brush, so until you have been unemployed and knocked back time after time not to mention injuries and sickness that can play a big part in whether someone finds work or not and also someones age goes against them as I have found out, because NO business wants to pay me a mature age wage they all want to fly under the radar by paying teens and young people under 35, less than what they are entitled too, so there are a lots of factors to look at here.. 1....long term sickness and injuries 2....if your over 50 then no one is interested in hiring because they have to pay a higher wage 3....Doesn't matter how many certificates you have earned at Uni or College you still will miss out on a job, I was told at 1 job I applied for, sorry your too OVER QUALIFIED for this position....PLEASEEEEE, don't make me laugh. 4....Being under qualified is also a hurdle for some if not most And life is not perfect and people are not perfect and that doesn't mean they are all dole bludgers, if Centrelink was doing their job properly they would be able to weed out the dishonest ones from the honestly trying to find work ones and until that time comes payments need to be increased otherwise we will be needing to give MORE handouts on everyday essentials because the cost of living has gone up and payments have stayed the same, so would you prefer to have payments stay the same and have to help the unemployed MORE OFTEN afford the staples in life like food, water and electricity OR increase payments so they can stand on there own 2 feet with everyday staples for the cost of living etc and you may say but they are unemployed and are not standing on their own 2 feet, well maybe not but it isn't always their fault and until things change in all directions life is only going to get harder and more depressing for everyone, not just those unemployed who get a lot of flack from those who work, but also those who do work who keep complaining that they need a wage increase as cost of living has gone up, well what about those who are on benefits, you don't believe they need to get a payment rise too, for gods sake if your working and still can't afford everyday staples then what do you think an unemployed persons day looks like for groceries and bills etc.

    Posted by Dash on 26 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Kerry

    Hi Dash, I agree with what you wrote. Do you also think people should contribute to their community while unemployed? I cannot think of any reason for not. There are so many ways people can do this. Working for voluntary organisations, hospitals, etc for 3/4 of day if they have work interviews. This should also be the same for new Australians. What do you think?

    Posted by Kerry on 28 Apr 2019

  • [9] [0]
    Laura

    It is a deliberately cruel payment designed to force you into work asap. It barely covers rent, let alone anything else. It really needs to be increased to keep up with the cost of living but even then it will still be a payment that is woefully under supported

    Posted by Laura on 26 Apr 2019

  • [3] [7]
    The Welsh Wizard

    No do increase the amount, there is work out there if they are prepared not to be so choosy

    Posted by The Welsh Wizard on 26 Apr 2019

  • [9] [0]
    Selina

    Yes. Because it never helps those who have had a job for years then lose it overnight. Financially it doesn't help keep a roof over your head, food on the table, bills kept up to date, it's too little.

    Posted by Selina on 26 Apr 2019

  • [4] [6]
    Bombthrower

    A lot of these people have never worked volunteered or paid taxes but want more money. They go surfing which the equipment is not cheap, they smoke, drink, gamble to name a few. I say increase the age pension first as the so called baby boomers worked hard saved paid super which the government changed the rules leaving them worse off. I remember paying 20% interest on a home loan worked two jobs & had a wife & two children at home, yes it was my choice but now the banks pay me 1% interest. My wife passed away 8 years ago & I'm disabled but look after myself & a couple of pets. Bring back trade schools and other training centers instead of skilled migrants. I may have offended some but these are my thoughts.

    Posted by Bombthrower on 26 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    June

    I have a log term injury and unable to work and I get New start payments and I barely get through I think they should be increased. I am Australian and so was my parents and their parents before them.

    Posted by June on 26 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Helen

    For a person with long term injuries should be assessed by centelink for disability payments. I don't know how assessments are done or what the payment amount of a disabilty payment would be, but try asking centrelink about that option - if you haven't already.

    Posted by Helen on 27 Apr 2019

  • [2] [2]
    WOZZAROO

    I THINK IT SHOULD BE INCREASED FOR THOSE THAT ARE GENIUNE ABOUT OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT, BUT IF YOU HAVE BEEN ON NEWSTART FOR 5 YEARS PLUS THEN NO INCREASE AS THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR WORK, AND DONT DESERVE TO BE HELPED, ALSO IF YOU ARE NOT AUSTRALIAN OR NEW ZEALANDER NO BENIFITS PAID AT ALL BUT THATS JUST MY OPINION. WARREN

    Posted by WOZZAROO on 26 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    8181

    What if you have only been able to find casual work and required Newstart as a top up to keep the roof over your head? I don't think that would be fair? Life isn't as simple as many here are making it out to be.

    Posted by 8181 on 27 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Ross

    What about the aged pension, if they increase Newstart then the pension must also go up...but where is this money coming from?

    Posted by Ross on 26 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    musicveg

    From the Cayman island fund.

    Posted by musicveg on 26 Apr 2019

  • [7] [0]
    cussy

    your going to increase newstart then you need to increase disability and old age pensions aswell

    Posted by cussy on 26 Apr 2019

  • [2] [1]
    keith

    yes by all means

    Posted by keith on 26 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Garry

    Some people through no fault of their own just get stuck in that whole & can't get themselves out no matter what happens maybe they should try doing it rock for a while & then they might realise just how hard it really is .

    Posted by Garry on 26 Apr 2019

  • [9] [1]
    Fourskin.

    As a RN forced on to Newstart I can say with qualifications that not only does it need to be increased but more affordable housing should be available and 457 visas shouldn't be issued where unemployed people can take them uip. The dole causes malnutrition and depression over the long term at the current rate, so it is not social security and is not benefitting Australian society as a whole. The LNP are heartless and should be sacked.

    Posted by Fourskin. on 25 Apr 2019

  • [3] [7]
    shrott

    now at nearly 72, even surviving on the pension is traumatic, I remember 1986 when the ALP and PM Paul Keating gaves us "the recession we had to have" and mortgage rates of 17.5%. Why was he not instantly assassinated. Moreso the ALP must never be allowed to have another seat in Parliament. Also remember Whitlam stole our superannuation are transferred them into consolidated revenue. Do yourself a favour and never give them another vote for their past attrocities. I treat the ALP like dogs with rabies.

    Posted by shrott on 25 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    8181

    Meanwhile the Libs treat the poor the same way you treat the ALP because of things that happened decades ago. Short sighted.

    Posted by 8181 on 27 Apr 2019

  • [8] [2]
    Fourskin.

    The current LNP are far worse

    Posted by Fourskin. on 25 Apr 2019

  • [9] [0]
    misterykeeper

    They are not paid enough for new start

    Posted by misterykeeper on 25 Apr 2019

  • [13] [0]
    stormbringer1

    YES I am 49 and have worked my guts out in a factory, in vineyards, as a builders labourer, freeway rest area & truck stop toilet cleaner, personal carer & odd jobs. l had life saving heart surgury 2 months after my father died. Apart from the physical pain there was also the mental problems l now have. I am on Newstart and have been homeless since Febuary last year. According to people like the federal government, real estate agents and Anthony, being umemployed makes me just a bludger who does not deserve a chance .

    Posted by stormbringer1 on 25 Apr 2019

  • [6] [8]
    8181

    There are some extremely ignorant comments by what I assume are "baby boomers" here. Just saying. The most selfish generation of wingers of all time.

    Posted by 8181 on 25 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Stella del Mattino

    As an immigrant, it scares me this hatred towards older people. I see comments like this every day in Australia. (Generalization I mean, not blaming someone that really did something wrong, that's another story). Ageism is rampant. (btw I'm not old, nor baby boomer)

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 26 Apr 2019

  • [0] [1]
    8181

    It's mostly baby boomers that adopt the mentality I mentioned though. Survival of the fittest, the type of people who complain about having to invest into society to improve the lives of the whole rather than just their own. I mainly see old people complaining about younger people. It happens with every generation and it's now breeding resentment.

    Posted by 8181 on 27 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Fourskin.

    Whingers, wingers are footballers

    Posted by Fourskin. on 25 Apr 2019

  • [6] [1]
    jason

    Yes it should be raised, if your a sole parent you get two payments which averages about $900- and if you are unfit to work you vet a pension and about $900- a fortnight so why are people who are trying to get a job being punished for looking for work, shouldn't they get the same......thats just my opinion : jase

    Posted by jason on 25 Apr 2019

  • [5] [12]
    Anthony

    GIVE THEM NOTHING. The government should be reducing the benefits for the younger generation ( between 17-28 year olds). My reasoning is based on the fact that the majority of employers are seeking this demographic group predominantly with experience, leaving the older generation like the baby boomers high and dry and out of work. Unfortunately, there are a large percentage of young people whom are on newstart and don’t want to work despite the large amount of jobs available to them. Therefore, these people should receive less benefits and entitlements to encourage them to get off their backside and get a job. The older population are wanting a job. They’ve worked all their lives and want to work but employers don’t seem to care about them. Increase their entitlement and benefits because their likely to get on the age pension anyway. Can I add that qQLD has brought in working for the dole. This is not working as a lot of the unemployed are electing to get their GP’s approval for having a medical condition that would restrict them from working for the dole though still receive entitlements. They continue to see their GP once their medical certificates have experienced to get another one.

    Posted by Anthony on 25 Apr 2019

  • [9] [3]
    Fourskin.

    Working for the dole is tantamount to slavery. We have a legislated minimum wage, work should be paid at that rate, not $5 an hour, get real!

    Posted by Fourskin. on 25 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    musicveg

    I agree they want Newstart people to do voluntary work etc, if the work was there pay them proper minimum wages!

    Posted by musicveg on 26 Apr 2019

  • [10] [0]
    Valentino

    If your an Australian citizen for the last 10 years then yes. The government all ready has under paid welfare for the last decade, cost of living has gone up in 10 years. Transportation, food, health, medication, specialist, education and so on, we need to find money, the government do not seem to recognise the lower class of people, that are struggling week by week. It is easy to say go and get a job but how to you fill a job if there is 100 applicants applying for the 1 vacancies. The government has taken our jobs by introducing more and more migrants.

    Posted by Valentino on 25 Apr 2019

  • [5] [5]
    Lolita

    Having been on Newstart, and having to apply for 20 jobs a week. I can honestly say that I found it extremely hard to get to the meetings and meet the obligations of finding 20 jobs in my chosen field. I feel it would be more beneficial to send people out for on the job training. This gives them more confidence in the work place, allows them to get a feel for different occupations and ease them into full time employment. Increasing the Newstart rate, while I found it hard to afford to live, I also feel that increasing it, makes it too easy for people to not work, as why go out to work, when you can get a decent amount not to work!?

    Posted by Lolita on 25 Apr 2019

  • [4] [1]
    peteqbn

    Absolutely, but only on the proviso that there are no jobs available for the applicant. 40 years ago, I lived in an area where a number of young people were on the dole while farmers were begging for fruit pickers. In cases like this the applicant should need to prove they are physically unable to do this work or not be paid the dole.

    Posted by peteqbn on 25 Apr 2019

  • [2] [12]
    Tracey

    Do not increase. Australians have a self entitlement attitude. There are jobs out there. Just too proud to take them.

    Posted by Tracey on 25 Apr 2019

  • [6] [1]
    Emmanuel

    Yeap definitely

    Posted by Emmanuel on 25 Apr 2019

  • [5] [2]
    Yoshi boi

    Yes you barely get by with wat we receive put Australians first not people who illegally come and receive more money on benefits from centrelink than the Australian citizen

    Posted by Yoshi boi on 25 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    David

    I believe that with the cost of living and being unemployed myself at The moment. I would include habits like cigarettes and Entertainment let alone if you have children is what is causing a lot of divorced singles and also pressure in domestic violence.

    Posted by David on 25 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Ralph

    Yes slightly, with more incentives to get work and a lot more help from Centrelink as they do not do anything for anyone.

    Posted by Ralph on 25 Apr 2019

  • [7] [0]
    Vivian

    Newstart should be increased but education should be made more accessible to allow people to have access to work in areas like Aged care. Childcare. Environmental protection. Farming etc

    Posted by Vivian on 25 Apr 2019

  • [2] [7]
    liaruso

    No, there will be no incentive to find work

    Posted by liaruso on 25 Apr 2019

  • [9] [0]
    William

    Yes people are struggling every day.

    Posted by William on 25 Apr 2019

  • [2] [5]
    johnmfromoz

    Depending upon age I believe that they should work for the dole and if show enthusiasm and willingness to work then reward with a little extra benefits

    Posted by johnmfromoz on 25 Apr 2019

  • [8] [0]
    Priscilla

    Newstart should definitely be increased.

    Posted by Priscilla on 25 Apr 2019

  • [9] [1]
    David

    Yes it should...... Matching the average min wage would be appropriatel.....

    Posted by David on 25 Apr 2019

  • [12] [0]
    Robyn

    You know why people are stuck on unemployment , I will tell you why . I lost my job was given one week notice I was only casual so no severance package. My last pay was about 1100 dollars , I went to centre link and apply for unemployment was told I could not until I had my separt certificate . So I start looking for work ,I want to work . 3 weeks no separate cert I am out of money down to my last 100 dollars no we can't give it to you unless you have cert . In mean Time I get a job to start work but have no fuel to get there go to max employment no we can't help you you have to be on unemployment benefits ,I say I can get this job if you help me , no we can't help you you have to be on unemployment for 18 weeks before we can help you out . I am like wtf I have a job I just need fuel money . No can't help you but come back in 3 months we can help then I am like wtf seriously get a cl.ue you stuipd fat over paid under thinking policy making idiots .if you have me 40$ fuel money back then I would not of even been on unemployed . I would of had another job three weeks after I lost mine . How do you make dumb ass rules like this one , help people find work as soon as they become unemployed that is when they are most likely to get another one ,not 26 weeks later

    Posted by Robyn on 25 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    EroView

    Could not agree more, help those who can and want to work, to find suitable stable employment. :) Long term Unemployment comes with its own health issues and the longer you are out of work the harder it is to find your way back.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

  • [1] [0]
    musicveg

    You should have gone to Salvos or St vincents for a petrol voucher. They will also help with free clothing for interviews.

    Posted by musicveg on 26 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    8181

    It doesn't work like that. Max are not like Centrelink or anything similar. Max Employment is just an American private company that siphons money from the Australian government while pretending to help people. The fact most Australians have no idea what the system is actually like in that regard is truly disturbing. You should have asked a charity organization such as Anglicare ect if they can help.

    Posted by 8181 on 25 Apr 2019

  • [12] [0]
    Four

    Bring back Import tax & start Manufacturing Products in Australia again which will Create Jobs like it was after the War & only Import what we can't manufacture in Australia.

    Posted by Four on 24 Apr 2019

  • [7] [7]
    Who? Me?

    No, get the unemployed off their butt and out there doing the jobs the unskilled 457 visa holders are doing.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 24 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Karen

    Where are these so called jobs why employ a Australian when these oversea visa holders work for less ????

    Posted by Karen on 26 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    jonesee

    I partly agree with your comment and that is that people from overseas are getting our jobs so maybe the government needs to look as usual at what they are doing wrong But having said that everyone should be entitled to have a roof over their heads. And im afraid that most people that are on newstart and stay on it for years is for a very good reason, some NO, but a lot yes Mental health problems lack of education because if they didn't have any of these issues they would want to be off newstart and out working so maybe there needs to be a better assessment process for these people that have been on newstart for a very long time and then you have the young people on newstart who are NOT being given the chance and THEN you have the GOVERNMENT getting rid of jobs being made casual or automated I love to know hoew they think everyone will have jobs in the future and then there will be major issues of unemploymeny

    Posted by jonesee on 24 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Craig

    Raise the amount for neestart

    Posted by Craig on 24 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Craig

    Newstart recipients are well over due for a rise in benefit

    Posted by Craig on 24 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    awilson19

    it's should be raised a little just to make life a smidge easier but not much that they don't have incentive to just sit around and get money handed to them

    Posted by awilson19 on 24 Apr 2019

  • [11] [0]
    jonesee

    Defiantly everyone deserves a roof over their heads and food to eat, what a bloody joke the ideas of some people saying make them get jobs I have 2 adult kids one has only had fulltime work for the last 2 years she is 30 my other has only casual work IS NOT ON CENTRELINK money but is struggling so much they are both extremely hard workers and both go above and beyond their work loads and get shit on all of the time I have suggested to my son to ask centrelink for help but he refuses because the only time he did get help he was over paid and had to give up all of his tax to centrelink and he was only on a small benefit because he was trying to get into Uni trying to better himself so he was working even less hours so he needed government help. I myself am on a disability pension because of a workplace injury and DO NOT GET ME wrong I am grateful for anything I get but the way it works is, because Im married I only get part pension because when my husband works a lot it goes on his wage BUT I have worked since I was 14 yrs old in heavy labouring jobs and now I am NOT entitled to my own money or income as such, because Im married? I get money only when my husband does not get work and it goes to the bills. I can tell you I got a very very small payout of $38,000 for my workplace injury I can never work again and all I got was $4000, $34,000 went to centrelink and I am sure they get a hell of a lot of these payments from people so I think with all the taxes MOST people pay all of their lives there should be enough to go around. Noone knows what their future holds so all of those people sitting out there judging people on newstart How about you try and live on that money it isn't even enough to pay rent let alone travel to look for a job, Clothes for interviews, study costs. So all you judging people wake up to yourselves you never know when you might end up in the same position as them, anyones world can come crashing down at any time and you will be the ones who will be knocking on centrelinks doorstep. The whole system needs an overhaul. If I wanted to leave my husband I would be out on the streets as a single person even if I got a full pension it is not enough to pay rent and if it was you would be living in an absolute dump and after working your entire life until something happens why should you have to live in such bad conditions.People need to have empathy as someone said further down the page NOT EVERYONE RORTS the system so give them a break you never ever know when you might need one

    Posted by jonesee on 24 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    musicveg

    Why did Centrelink take most of your money? Does not seem right to me.

    Posted by musicveg on 26 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    Anthony

    This is so true I am a pensioner and I FEEL for school leavers who have to start looking for Jobs as two of my Nieces had to one for three months and still no job and no help from Centerlink her parents helped to take to industrial areas shopping centers etc after approx 6 months she managed to get a job by word of mouth by a relation who was looking for someone, and has never looked back. The other Niece spent 9 months doing the same thing even trying do a university.course as well her parents and relations helping then still struggled to find a job so all you people saying no put yourselves in their shoes it was tough on all our families but through hardships we are proud of our young girls.

    Posted by Anthony on 25 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    awilson19

    couldn't have said it better myself

    Posted by awilson19 on 24 Apr 2019

  • [3] [12]
    Dynamo

    No not at all. The unemployment benefit is paid to assist the person until they find a job. It isn't paid so that they can have an alternative lifestyle. These people need to have discipline and not be handed money just so they can have their smokes, alcohol, extravagances (whatever that looks like). And if it is increased it can make them slack in looking for work. There is work out there if they're prepared to work. Have people be accountable rather than them expecting to get something for nothing. Don't increase Newstart...increase the minimum wage so that you can get people in those jobs and that it's worth doing those jobs because they're able to live on that wage and should be reasonable and it would be better to have than being on the Newstart allowance. Encouragement should be to work rather than not to work.

    Posted by Dynamo on 24 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    EroView

    Spoken like a person who has never suffered.

    Posted by EroView on 18 Jun 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Karen

    Obviously u have never been in this position once u pay your rent u struggle buying food and then we have people like u assuming we live it up with out alcohol and cigarettes , I’ve worked hard all my life and no there is not hundreds of jobs out there I would do any job tomorrow if given the chance I don’t where u get your ideas from but no people on Newstart can’t afford to have a life of luxury as u suggest , let’s hope your world is never shaken up you may have to face reality until you live onnewstart u have no idea , I had a great lifestyle working hard for years but it taken away in a blink through no fault of your own we aren’t living the dream lifeby not working we are trying to keep a roof over our head and eat not to mention scraping money to get to job interviews and your 5 min meeting with employment agencies who do bugger all , not to mention u go for a job interview and u are competing with a lot of others for one position so please get your facts straight a lot of us don’t enjoy living like this especially when u have worked hard all your life after I pay rent I have $70 a fortnight to live on I hardly call that a life with luxury’s

    Posted by Karen on 26 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Grandma Pink

    Just wondering if you have ever had the misfortune of being unemployed and having to rely on Newstart ….

    Posted by Grandma Pink on 25 Apr 2019

  • [5] [4]
    Who? Me?

    Well said Dynamo. I was just in a small town where there are two crews building solar farms. The majority of these workers are unskilled 457 visa holders and I was told by one of these workers, a young bloke from Chile they are being paid $2000 a week. You can't tell me that there aren't young ones on the dole who couldn't be doing that work. OK, it would mean living in a camp in a small remote town for a while but it would give them a good nest egg and experience, something they aren't getting while relying on welfare.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 24 Apr 2019

  • [9] [0]
    maz5

    Ok Dynamo, can you find a job for me and my partner because we can't. I'm 65, my partner is 60, we worked together for a number of years and through no fault of our own we lost our jobs at the end of last year (Company went bankrupt, owing us in excess of $20,000 in wages and super), to add to that my partner had a heart attack and is not fit for work until at least June. I'm doing voluntary work atm, but we are really struggling on the pittance the unemployment benefit is paying us. Our rent is $245/week and we live in a bus. Try living on that, oh, our car rego is due soon - can you lent us $900 to pay it. Do not presume everyone on Centrelink are slacking off. You do not know their stories.

    Posted by maz5 on 24 Apr 2019

  • [10] [0]
    Tamara

    So, every person on Newstart wastes their money on smokes and alcohol? I know of female Newstart recipients that cannot even afford personal sanitary items once they have paid their bills and rent.. This is a VERY ignorant statement.

    Posted by Tamara on 24 Apr 2019

  • [4] [1]
    L.M.P.

    Give Newstart people insensitive and real job placement chances before they receive payments, and give pensioners and disabled people enough money to survive because at the moment they can’t!

    Posted by L.M.P. on 24 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    L.M.P.

    New start should be the same to encourage them to get a job but for pensioners and disability people, they should at least be able to afford to live and rent a house, and at the moment they can’t!

    Posted by L.M.P. on 24 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    8181

    yet either can a lot of people on Newstart...

    Posted by 8181 on 25 Apr 2019

  • [6] [2]
    Ben

    Instead of giving more money, how about the government subsidise more housing and help with rent.

    Posted by Ben on 24 Apr 2019

  • [7] [1]
    Kevin

    Yes definitely.

    Posted by Kevin on 24 Apr 2019

  • [10] [1]
    Kerry

    It should be increased. They can barely afford rent, food and bills. No money for nice clothes for an interview, so much harder to make a good first impression

    Posted by Kerry on 24 Apr 2019

  • [2] [11]
    MelV

    I think it will make it worse. It’s not the solution to give more money. Work is available.

    Posted by MelV on 24 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    jonesee

    Sorry but if you are not qualified in a huge range of areas there are not Jobs out there my son has been trying to get out of retails for a number of years now he applies for jobs so often it drives me insane he doesn't even get a response, And may I ask have you ever had to live on that kind of money? Everyone needs money to survive and this amount of money as I said in my response to this is not enough money to even pay rent No offense but unless you have tried to live on this kind of money I don't think you can judge more poverty encourages more crime more home invasions more muggings and such I raised 2 children on my own for 20 years and it was bloody hard I did have part pension very little but worked fulltime. At least then there were fulltime jobs as I said no offense but I think you need to look at the bigger picture and think about the consequences of low income, its a snowball affect and im sure you want to be safe in our communities and not have to think about being robbed or being mugged because someone cant afford food

    Posted by jonesee on 24 Apr 2019