p>Young people in Ballarat will now not have to fear poverty and hardship when looking for work, after Tony Abbott’s savage cuts to young jobseekers were defeated by Labor in the Senate yesterday.
Young people in Ballarat will now not have to fear poverty and hardship when looking for work, after Tony Abbott’s savage cuts to young jobseekers were defeated by Labor in the Senate yesterday.
This is a huge win for young people in Ballarat and a huge win for fairness.
“These cruel cuts would have seen young jobseekers with absolutely no support.” Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, said today.
“The whole point of Newstart is to provide support so that people can devote their energy to finding work.
“By cutting support when it would be most needed, the Abbott government would have made sure young people looking for work were plunged into financial hardship instead.”
Labor will never agree to force young people to have nothing to live on.
Changes to the eligibility age for Newstart were also defeated.
This would have seen young jobseekers between the ages of 22 and 24 pushed onto the lower Youth Allowance – a cut of around $48 a week or almost $2,500 a year.
Australians don’t want these cuts and Labor will continue to oppose them, every time the Abbott government tries to bring them back.
Scott Morrison has said he still wants to pursue these cuts. Instead, he should confirm that these measures will be taken out of the budget forever