Following the Fair Work Commission’s decision to raise the minimum wage, welfare groups are calling on the Labor government to immediately lift welfare payments above the poverty line. Isaac Nellist reports.
Henderson Poverty Line
The grassroots campaign to increase welfare payments for the unemployed received a boost on June 12 from the national body that represents councils across Australia.
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) overwhelmingly voted in support of a motion calling on the federal government to increase the Newstart Allowance, the Centrelink payment for unemployed people.