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21    Newstart and Youth Allowance

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Dodson, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 170—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that it is Anti-Poverty Week from 13 to 19 October 2019, and 17 October 2019 is the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty;

               (b)       recognises the dedication and enthusiasm of the Newstart Nannas who are in Canberra today asking federal politicians to immediately raise the rate of Newstart;

                (c)       notes that over a quarter of Newstart recipients are over the age of 55;

               (d)       acknowledges that many older women are increasingly facing financial insecurity, retiring into poverty and experiencing homelessness; and

                (e)       calls on the Federal Government to listen to the pleas of the Newstart Nannas for an immediate increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam) and Senator Roberts, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.