The Labor party has sided with the Government to vote down a motion that calls for an increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance.
“Despite the broad group of economists, business and social service organisations saying that the payment definitely needs to be increased, both major parties are showing cowardice.
“The rate of Newstart does not need to be ‘reviewed’ it needs to increase urgently, and the ALP knows this.
"It has been well established that it is dangerously low and causing harm to jobseekers. It’s time for Bill Shorten to come off the fence”.