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Surge in over-55s on Newstart under Liberal Government



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HON LINDA BURNEY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

MEMBER FOR BARTON

SURGE IN OVER-55s ON NEWSTART UNDER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

The number of over-55s who receive Newstart has increased by over 45 per cent

under the Liberals and Nationals.

The number of over-55s on Newstart has surged by a staggering 58,313 over a

five year period, according to the latest figures from the Department of Social

Services.

OVER 55s ON NEWSTART December 2013 125,630 December 2018 183,943 Increase 58,313

Source: Dept. of Social Services

One in four Australians on Newstart are aged 55 or over - the single largest cohort

of recipients of the allowance.

Older Australians experience particular difficulty in re-entering the workforce due to

structural barriers and age discrimination.

The average person on Newstart has been on the payment for three years.

And many Australians are finding that they simply aren’t receiving enough hours at

work to get by.

In fact, almost one in five - or over 130,000 - Newstart recipients have a job, but

do not receive either enough hours or income to get them off the payment.

The reality is that it is not possible to live on Newstart. It’s making it more difficult to

re-enter the workforce. People are finding it difficult to meet transport costs or

afford clothes for job interviews.

Rather than stimulating our stagnating economy and easing the situation for older

Australians who have fallen on hard times, Scott Morrison is more interested in

subjecting them to humiliating urine tests.

How is it that Scott Morrison spends so much time obsessing over and devising

ways to humiliate and prod older Australians who are trying to re-enter the

workforce?

Yet, he has no plan for jobs and he has no plan to boost an economy that is getting

weaker every day that he is Prime Minister.

SUNDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2019

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