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Fight For $752019-05-01T01:48:26+00:00

Raise Newstart and Youth Allowance to an amount young people can live on.  

We’re calling for:
1. An emergency increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week
2. Plus $25 a week in rent assistance
3. An annual increase anchored to the Henderson Poverty Line

What you can do: 

1. Call Chris Bowen on (02) 9609 3873.
2. Send our politicians a letter to raise the rate.

Call Chris Bowen

Give Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer a call on (02) 9609 3873 and leave a message to raise the rate.

Script

So on the phone, you’ll want to…:

  • give your full name (& suburb, particularly if you live in Wills),
  • tell him you support raising Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week, and
  • that you think it’s really important that young people have enough to live on while studying or looking for a job. No young person never have to choose between paying for their rent, food or bills.
  • if you’ve been on Newstart/Youth Allowance, feel free to share a bit of your personal story

Ready? 

Sign the petition

Let our politicians know that living on $39 a day in Newstart and Youth Allowance is bullshit.

Why should we campaign to raise Newstart and Youth Allowance?

Our politicians should have our backs when we’re working hard to study and look for stable employment. But when we’re facing impossible choices like which meal to skip, and how to tell your housemate you can’t pay rent on time, it’s clear that they are completely out of touch with the reality of living on $39 a day.

We’re calling for:

  1. An emergency increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week
  2. Plus $25 a week in rent assistance
  3. An annual increase anchored to the Henderson Poverty Line

Newstart and Youth Allowance should be the safety net that young people can rely on while we’re studying or looking for work. But Newstart hasn’t increased in real terms in 24 years – while the cost of everything else has.

Raising these support payments will go a long way for thousands of young people, allowing us to focus on our studies, find work and contribute to our communities.

Rally our politicians to lift Newstart and Youth Allowance www.youngcampaigns.org/fightfor75

Our Demands

To Josh Frydenberg and Chris Bowen,

Re: Emergency increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week plus a $25 increase to Rent Assistance

Can you commit that if your party wins the next Federal election, that your government will increase the Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to a living wage?

For us this means:

  1. An emergency increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week
  2. Plus $25 a week in rent assistance
  3. An annual increase anchored to the Henderson Poverty Line

For most young people on Newstart or Youth Allowance, it isn’t enough to cover rent, food, transport and unexpected expenses like looking after our health.

Australia has the lowest rate of unemployment payment in the OECD. This is why unemployment is the biggest risk factor to living in poverty.

The University of NSW found that a single unemployed person needs $434 per week to cover the cost of the basics. This is $96 more than Newstart.

Every young person deserves to be able to show up to uni with food in their bellies and to survive unemployment without facing the isolating experience of not being able to afford to leave the house. Lifting the single rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 a week would be the most effective step to reducing poverty in Australia and would make a real difference to the lives of young people.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

Take Action

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Share Your Story

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