Polling numbers on Newstart don’t tell the whole story

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Newstart

Keith Thomas writes: Re. “Essential: hard-hearted public not convinced on dole boost” (yesterday). The questions put in the Essential poll on welfare payments were so complex that almost no conclusions can be drawn from the responses.

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2 thoughts on “Polling numbers on Newstart don’t tell the whole story

  1. klewso

    Of course you could live on $35 a day – you just couldn’t do it as long.

  2. Pamela Krause

    I for one wasn’t asked to participate in the poll as a person on welfare… PPS recently moved to Newstart (Note: I have always worked around 20 hours a week in casual positions to also enable me to meet my parental requirements). And Newstart is killing me, I’ve lost around $120 a week & it’s scary… but rather re hashing what it is like with Newstart I thought rather to direct people to these articles as they cover everything:

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4466340.html

    Rachel Siewert : http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3976916.html

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/newstart-payments-not-enough-for-unemployed-to-live-with-dignity/story-e6frfhqf-1226553886297

    My personal favorite: http://www.mamamia.com.au/social/newstart-could-you-live-on-35-dollars-a-day/

    http://clubtroppo.com.au/2013/01/06/you-can-survive-on-newstart-but-you-cant-live-on-it/

    Sure Newstart is suppose to be temporary, but the facts are there just aren’t the jobs to employ everyone. As a sole parent, I have lost part time casual jobs because of my obligations as a mother to care for my child and have been told by many Business people I know on a personal level, that they will not hire a single parent as they are unreliable, that the nature of having children is there are many unexpected events… Business’s say all the “politically” correct things, but at the end of the day they want people they can count on.

    Newstart needs to be able to sustain people as unfortunately the people who are on Newstart longterm are increasing, not from the lack of trying but from the vicious cycle many find themselves in…

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