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Disadvantaged deserve more respect

Posted by: 2UE | 2 January, 2013 - 12:00 PM
Our disadvantage deserve more respect from Labor government

Welfare groups say Families Minister Jenny Macklin is out of touch as she continues to maintain she could survive on the dole. Tim Webster on government waste, and treating disadvantaged with a little more respect.

Welfare groups are confident they can still force the Gillard Government to reverse its decision to reduce parenting payments

About 80,000 single parents will be moved from the Newstart allowance and on to the dole in a bid to save $700-million.

The Government has defended the move, with Families Minister Jenny Macklin declaring she could survive on $35 a day.

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Greens MP Adam Bandt has defended a stunt to live on the dole for a week in protest at a Federal Government changes to parenting payments

About 80,000 single parents will be switched to the Newstart allowance in a bid to save a little over $700-million.

Families Minister Jenny Macklin, who earns almost $1000 a week, says she could live on $35 a day.

Adam Bandt has told Tim and Tracey that's clearly not the case and dole payment needs to be higher.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • Let them do it for 3 months and pay their bills without using existing savings.It is nothing but more spin from Bandt

    Craig Thursday 3 January, 2013 - 8:36 PM

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