The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia is marking International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) with a renewed call on the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to jointly support an increase to the Newstart Allowance.
Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said women are over-represented in national homelessness, domestic violence and poverty statistics.
“Pushing single parents onto the lower Newstart payment is an unforgivable kick in the teeth to so many women,” said Dr Falzon.
“The St Vincent de Paul Society urges the Prime Minister to respond to requests from the United Nations to account for the sole parents’ policy and to increase Newstart by $50 a week as a means of alleviating the poverty women face today.”
National President Anthony Thornton said: “The time for talking has long passed. There is no excuse for a wealthy country like ours to make life even harder for women who are already struggling.”