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Older Australians pushed into poverty by Newstart

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National Seniors is partnering other leading community advocacy organisations calling on the major parties this election to fix pensioner poverty and boost the Newstart allowance for jobless older workers.

National Seniors Australia, COTA Australia and The Benevolent Society are supporting the Raise the Rate campaign to stop older unemployed people being pushed into poverty by a Newstart Allowance that for decades has lagged costs of living.

The campaign calls for the allowance to be immediately increased and for a commitment to the wellbeing of older Australians.

Also, it is critical of the major parties for ignoring the plight of Newstart recipients who are already too often excluded from the workforce simply because of their age.

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Unknown Author, 2019, National Seniors (https://nationalseniors.com.au/)

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