Barnaby Joyce joins calls to increase Newstart allowance

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Nationals MP and former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has argued there is a case for raising Newstart for people in country areas, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison refusing to budge on the issue.

Key points:

  • Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce says the Newstart allowance would be difficult to get by on, especially in regional areas
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison says getting people into jobs is more important than increasing support payments
  • Tracey Phillips, who is on Newstart, collects cans and bottles to help make ends meet

About 723,000 Australians receive the Newstart allowance. If they are single they live on about $40 a day.

The payment has not increased in real terms for 25 years.