Newstart is #StuckIn1994

To highlight the fact that Newstart hasn’t been raised in real terms for 25 years, Vinnies Victoria has created a cracking Spotify playlist of 1994 songs that we are asking radio stations, workplaces, shops and anyone with headphones to play on 17 October – the national day of action to #RaiseTheRate of Newstart. Please help spread the word.

From D:Ream’s "Things Can Only Get Better" to "Parklife" by Blur and Kylie Minogue’s "Confide in Me" – 1994 sure was a great year for pop, but it is a world away from today in terms of the cost of living. We want to highlight that it is totally unrealistic to expect people to live today on the same amount of money as in 1994 – and it is placing them in dire poverty.

  • In 1994, the average weekly amount a single person on unemployment benefits spent on rent was $78. Today, the average weekly rent for one person is almost $200 pw in Melbourne.

  • In 1994, petrol cost 68 cents per litre – today the price is almost $1.50.

  • A leg of lamb cost $5.23 per kilo in 1994 – today it’s $14.

  • Tomatoes cost $2.00 per kilo – today they are $3.90

Help Australia get unstuck

1. Play, share, sing and boogie to our StuckIn1994 Spotify Playlist.

2. During Anti-Poverty Week (13–19 October), we're asking you to change their profile picture to our #StuckIn1994 album cover.

3. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #StuckIn1994 and #RaiseTheRate.

4. See what else Vinnies Victoria is doing during Anti-Poverty Week.