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Monday, 8 February 2010
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To the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the following facts and considerations:

  • the Newstart and sole-parent pension rates were not increased in the 2009 federal budget along with the disability support, single age and carer pension rates;
  • with the Newstart base rate at $456 per fortnight ($228 per week), it will be hard for unemployed persons to maintain morale and dignity while they search for new employment;
  • with the sole-parent base rate at $574.50 per fortnight ($287.25 per week), many sole parents will struggle to make ends meet and provide adequate material conditions for their children’s well-being;
  • the twice-yearly indexation makes a minimal difference to the amount actually received by unemployed persons and sole parents.

We therefore ask the House to ensure that the Newstart and sole-parent pension rates are reconsidered at the earliest possible opportunity, with a view to their being raised to realistic levels before the 2010 budget.

Mrs Irwinby (from 71 citizens)