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Omnicuts short change ARENA and Australia’s most vulnerable

Australian Greens Leader Senator Di Natale, Spokesperson for Community Services Senator Siewert and Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Adam Bandt have spoken about the Omnibus bill outcome.

“Looks like the stitch up has well and truly been done, the dirty deal between the Labor Party and the Liberal Party to slash renewable energy funding and continue the attack on some of the most vulnerable people in the community,” Senator Di Natale said.

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DAY 1 - Evening Monday 28 JAN - Adam's Newstart Challenge

So, the $42.24 I had at the start of my first day is now down to $27.24. From this, I'm meant to find enough for phone, internet, utilities, clothes, transport & car costs plus other regular costs, as well as get myself ready for a job.

How is someone meant to survive on this? It's no wonder I've been receiving messages like this from people who are really struggling:

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Greens to reverse Labor’s single parent cuts

The Greens will introduce a bill to Parliament to boost payments to single parents on Newstart, increase the amount of work they are able to do without losing their benefits and give carers an enforceable right to flexible work hours.

The bill effectively reverses cuts to single parents payments made by the Gillard and Howard governments, who pushed over 100,000 single parents on to the dole and into poverty.

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Federal Greens join protest against parenting payment cuts

 

Greens MPs have spoken at a Parliament House rally in Canberra today, taking a stand against cuts to parenting payments that have forced single parents to move to the inadequate Newstart Allowance and lose between $60 and $100 per week.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson for Families and Community Services and Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today that the Government was failing in its primary responsibility of caring for vulnerable people.

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Day 6 - Saturday - Adam's Newstart Challenge

 

First, a good news story. After people heard about Kathryn’s plight - she had to hock the 'tools of her trade' computer to pay for schoolbooks - many of you immediately offered to assist her.  She has been overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. We are pleased to say that through the kindness of two wonderful people, Kathryn will have her computer back.

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DAY 2 - Tuesday Morning 29 January - Adam's Newstart Challenge

 

It is only day 2 and it is clear that, with a rent of $180 (after rent assistance), it is almost impossible to eat properly each day and pay for water, gas, electricity, phone, internet, public transport/car costs, clothes, let alone things like hair-cuts and anything else that may arise.

If I were doing this for any longer, I'd have to find cheaper housing.

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