Submission to Newstart Inquiry

Submitted by Tom Thorp on Monday, December 2, 2019 - 16:23
Modified on Friday, May 1, 2020 - 18:19
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On 30th April 2020, the Community Affairs Reference Committee tabled its report to the Australian Senate into the "Adequacy of Newstart and Related Payments". In total, 471 submissions were made to the inquiry. In drafting the report, my submission was referenced directly on a couple of occasions. So in part my voice has been heard and noted. It remains to be seen whether the Morrison Government will action any of the recommendations in this report.


On 25th July 2019 the Australian Senate announced an inquiry into the "Adequacy of Newstart and Related Payments". This inquiry was garnering much media attention at the time, with Newstart not been substantially increased in 25 years. As I too was living on this meager income, this struck more than a chord with me. 
It was time politicians heard from one of their constituents. 
In my submission to the committee, I raise several areas of contention :
  • Job Service Providers and the Job Service Network ;
  • the changing nature of work ;
  • the bias towards younger age workers ; 
  • the impact of living on a meager wage
Below you will find a link to my submission to the inquiry. The ideas expressed within my submission are mine alone. As my submission forms part of a parliamentary inquiry, it is protected under parliamentary privilege - meaning I personally cannot be sued, nor can someone be sued for what I said, by tendering my submission in a court of law.
I'd like to hear from you your thoughts after reading my submission. Either leave a comment below, or if your prefer, contact me directly on my Contact page . 

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