I believe you have the right to be heard by your politicians. That's why I want your advice on this issue.
What should we do about JobSeeker?
The Government’s planning to raise the rate of JobSeeker by $25 a week from 1 April 2021, at a cost of $9 billion over the next three years.
The Greens say this amount is not enough to support unemployed people to get back into work. The Greens say the amount of JobSeeker should be increased above the poverty line, and that they’ll move an amendment to increase it.
This would make the JobSeeker increase four times higher than what the Government is proposing, increasing the cost from $9 billion to $37 billion.
I’ve got to decide how to vote on the Greens’ amendment.
Do I vote yes on the Greens amendment calling on the Government to increase JobSeeker by $103 a week, costing $37 billion over the next three years?
Or do I vote against the Greens amendment and side with the Government's plan to increase JobSeeker by $25 a week, costing $9 billion over the next three years?
Jacqui's team is reviewing the responses.
- 1 “Prime Minister argues $25 per week increase to JobSeeker is 'appropriate'”, ABC News. 23 February 2021
- 2 “Greens welcome Senate support for increase to JobSeeker and referral of bill to inquiry”, Senator Rachel Siewert [Media Release]. 2 March 2021
- 3 “JobSeeker recipients will be left $80 a week below the poverty line, research shows”, The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2021