Welfare Reform Bill will push more people into poverty during Anti-Poverty Week

18 October 2017

Today Senators are debating the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. If passed it will further reduce payments to many people receiving pensions and allowances.

Dr John Falzon, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council said that it was incredible that during antipoverty week, some Senators were considering passing a Bill that would increase poverty and inequality.

“The Poverty in Australia report of 2016 revealed that already 36% of people receiving social security payments were living in poverty and this rose to 55% for those receiving Newstart. Changes in the proposed Bill will only drive more people into poverty,” said Dr Falzon.

“Anti-Poverty Week is a time to address structural causes of poverty and inequality, not to invent new forms of cruelty to people,” Dr Falzon said.

“Policy frameworks must be reconfigured. We need social security, not social insecurity; income adequacy, not income management or drug testing.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Len Baglow - 0400 845 492 or media@svdp.org.au