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This isn’t a raise in the jobseeker rate – it’s a half-arsed PR exercise that will entrench poverty and disadvantage for more than 1.2 million Australians who depend on jobseeker to survive. The Morrison government has thrown people on jobseeker some crumbs and called it a raise. What it really is is an insult.

Instead of a jobseeker rate that would give people the means to live a decent and dignified life, Morrison has signalled to 1.2 million Australians that his government doesn’t care about their basic welfare or survival.

The fact that the government is planning to tighten mutual obligation requirements is a sick joke. There are roughly 2.3 million people applying for jobs, and only 250,000 jobs available – punishing people for being out of work is cruelty for cruelty’s sake.

Any half-decent government would scrap the whole rotten mutual obligations system all together. Instead, the Morrison government is doubling down on an industry that profits off unemployed peoples’ suffering.

If the Morrison government thinks that this joke of a rate raise will make this issue go away, they’ve got another thing coming. Parliament must act to raise the jobseeker rate to $80 a day, in line with Australia’s current poverty line. Anything less is a despicable sham.

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