Barnaby Joyce joins calls to increase Newstart allowance
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.
- 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.