Greens welcome Senate support for increase to JobSeeker and referral of bill to inquiry

The Australian Greens MPs

“Yesterday the Senate supported my motion calling on the Government to immediately revise its JobSeeker announcement and urgently increase the Jobseeker Payment to be above the poverty line”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“In supporting my motion the Senate has agreed that the Government’s proposed $3.57 a day increase to JobSeeker is not enough.

“I strongly urge Senators to support amendments to the bill in the Senate to increase the rate.

“Today the Government’s JobSeeker bill has been referred to a Senate inquiry which will report on March 12.

“We need to hear from the people who will be impacted by this Government’s shocking cruelty.

“$44 a day is bad for our community and bad for our economy.”

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