Greens seek Newstart rise
Greens candidate for Brand Jody Freeman has called on the major parties to commit to increasing the rate of Newstart as a starting point to addressing homelessness unfolding in Rockingham.
Ms Freeman said she was saddened to read about 17 homeless people living on industrial bushland in East Rockingham, as reported in the Sound Telegraph, and it was “absolutely unacceptable” people were forced to live in camps.
“As a local and someone who is seeking to represent the people of Brand, I find it absolutely unacceptable that people in our community are living in camps in Rockingham because they can’t find suitable housing in their own community,” she said. “The fact is, if you are on an income support payment you are very likely to be living in poverty, close to poverty and in housing stress.
“About 75 per cent of all students receiving youth allowance and rent assistance face housing stress and for those getting Newstart and rent assistance, the figure is about 60 per cent.
Ms Freeman said the Greens had developed a fully costed plan to invest in 500,000 new public and community homes through a Federal Housing Trustand would establish a National Standard for Renters’ Rights.
“Raising Newstart is now an election issue and the Greens are the only party who have committed to increasing the payment,” she said.