Letter To The Editor

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is dismayed by the latest attacks on people on Newstart and other essential payments.

In recent weeks, we have seen Federal Government proposals to force people to submit to drug testing, have their payments quarantined on a cashless welfare card, and wait weeks to months before becoming eligible for payments.

By forcing people to wait longer before receiving social services support, the Government is all but ensuring that people doing it tough will fall into poverty. The inadequacy of Newstart payments ensures those on this payment will stay in that desperate situation, while navigating an employment market where applicants outnumber available jobs.

Raise the rate, cut the wait, and afford our fellow human beings the dignity we all deserve.

Jack de Groot

CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW