Liberal MR " I can live on $40

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  1. butchmcdick

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    Liberal MP Julia Banks says she could live on $40 a day
    Jennifer JenningsAAP
    Thursday, 3 May 2018 11:24AM
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    Camera IconFederal Liberal MP Julia Banks.Picture: AAP
    A federal Liberal backbencher thinks she could live on $40 a day.

    Julia Banks has been labelled out-of-touch by talkback callers after saying she could live on Newstart, which leading economist Chris Richardson believes should be increased by $50 a week.

    "I could live on 40 bucks a day knowing that the government is supporting me with Newstart looking for employment," Ms Banks told ABC radio.


    She denied she was out-of-touch.

    "I speak to constituents every day and all I can say is the dignity of having a job and finding work is what our policy is about," Ms Banks said.

    Like Mr Richardson and the Greens, the Business Council of Australia also backs a rise in the allowance.

    "I've been talking about this for years - you cannot live on $39 a day," chief executive Jennifer Westacott told ABC radio on Thursday.

    She also wants to see more literacy and numeracy programs.

    "A lot of these people are shockingly disadvantaged," she said.

    Labor has committed to a "root and branch" review of welfare payments if elected.


    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has questioned how anyone in parliament could live on the dole allowance.

    Asked whether the existing rate of Newstart was "cruel", Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash said the government's priority was to get people off welfare.

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Newstart is not designing to provide ongoing income.

    "Many people on the Newstart of course also receive income from other sources," he told reporters in Canberra.

    https://thewest.com.au/politics/fed...says-she-could-live-on-40-a-day-ng-b88824751z

    I call bullshit on this
     
  2. RockWheel

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    of course it's an easy thing to say you can do a thing when you'll never be in a situation where you will ever have to do that thing
     
  3. Surely

    Surely Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah I don't know, and it doesn't look like she could hawk her fork for some additional income.

    However it's a good reason to get a job.
     
  4. gUt

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    I'd need to see her in some other wigs before I get my wallet out.
     
  5. gUt

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    f**k me John English didn't die, he transitioned... into politics
     
  6. cerberus

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    dream your dream - seven bucks a night
     
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    With the right amount of strategically placed mascara, I reckon she'd be a dead-ringer for Alice Cooper
     
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    Alice Cooper never looked that angry
     
  9. Jimbo

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    Only when he ran out of chickens
     
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    Newstart is not designed for someone to live on full time. It’s designed to tide someone over unythey find new employment.

    Only lefties cam to see or understand this.
     
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    These politicians that have had a silver spoon life have no relevance to the general public and the people they represent. Lowering welfare payments don't automatically help somebody find a job there are factors to consider with the costs of groceries, fuel, bills etc you end up with barely nothing as a result.

    I would like this woman to take up this challenge and see how she goes.
     
  12. I Bleed Maroon

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    Do it, bitch.
     
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  13. sensesmaybenumbed

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    But the left....
     
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  14. Danish

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    I don’t think Newstart was ever meant to be something you could pay your rent, bills, and all that jazz with. It’s to tide you over with basic costs involved in finding a job (food, travel, etc). In that regard, $40 a day is plenty.

    People that are in longer term trouble can access rent assistance and various other benefits to help them with more major costs.
     
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    Why stop at $50? Why not $500? We owe these people a living apparently.
     
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    Mate, rent assistance is a max of about 135 / fortnight, to get that you have to be paying minimum 150 / week.

    Newstart is 546 / fortnight, so 273 / week, if you're getting max rent assistance on the minimum eligible amount of rent paid, you're paying 150 / week and receiving 67 / week,( these are all for single no dependants )

    So you get 273 - 150 + 67 = 190 / week , divide by 7 and you've got around 27 dollars a day after paying rent.

    Geez, talk about living high on the hog, 27 whole f**king dollars! Woo - who!
     
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    I take it none of you people have ever been poor. That is plenty to live off. $10 a day on food is enough, so $17 left. Train concession is half price, so you can get to work.
     
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    neither have you apparently.
     
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  19. Smack

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    What would you know
     
  20. RockWheel

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    enough to know that someone who says this has never been poor

     
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