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21    Newstart payments

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Marielle Smith, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 192—That the Senate—

               (a)       acknowledges that this is Anti-Poverty Week 2019;

               (b)       recognises that many single parent families are living in poverty;

                (c)       notes that:

                                     (i)       according to the Foodbank Hunger Report 2019, single parent households are most likely to experience food insecurity at a rate of 47%,

                                    (ii)       since 2013, the rate of poverty among unemployed single parents has risen from 35% to 59%, and

                                  (iii)       single parent families have a poverty rate of 32% which is a major source of child poverty;

               (d)       acknowledges that one of the keys to ending child poverty and helping single parents out of poverty is by raising the rate of Newstart; and

                (e)       calls on the Federal Government to help reduce the poverty rate of single parent families by immediately increasing Newstart and related payments.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.