The Brotherhood of St Laurence has underway a campaign with the slogan “Share the Pie” highlighting the inadequacy of the Newstart allowance. The brotherhood is also arguing the social safety net more generally is fraying.
Executive Director of The Brotherhood Conny Lenneberg spoke to The Conversation about the inequality created by the low level of Newstart, which hasn’t been boosted for many years.
She also pointed to the systemic barriers – disinvestment in the TAFE system and a scarcity of entry level jobs – which create youth unemployment.
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