Barnaby Joyce is struggling to support two families for $ 210k a year – and is calling for an increase in payouts
Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says he is now watching every penny of his $ 211,000 salary a year because it is staggered & # 39; is about two families – and revealed that he regards a cup of coffee as a treat.
Mr. Joyce revealed that he kills his own sheep, rarely goes out to dinner with partner Vikki Campion and turns off his heating during the cold winter nights in the NSW countryside.
& # 39; I don't cry in my beer because there are thousands, thousands do it much harder than I do … It's not that I don't get any money, it's just that it is spread so thinly, & # 39; he said Courier Mail.
& # 39; I'm just saying that these circumstances have made me more attuned to each other … it's just a great exercise in humility, ranging from Deputy Prime Minister to watching every dollar you get.
& # 39; So the big sensation of the day to be honest is a cup of coffee. We (he and Vikki) seldom or never go out to dinner. & # 39;
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said he is now watching every penny of his $ 210k salary a year because it is thinly split between two families – Pictured with new partner Vikki Campion and their child
Joyce said the experience led him to break out of party lines and insist on an increase in Newstart benefit with a special focus on that in regional areas.
He said he agreed with Scott Morrison's assessment that the best form of well-being was a job, but it was not always that simple.
Morrison quickly concluded the idea of increasing unemployment benefits, despite increasing calls from the crossbank, economists and business groups.
& # 39; The latest job figures showed more than 20,000 extra full-time jobs, & # 39; said Morrison.
Joyce said the experience of being broke led him to break out of party lines and insist on an increase in Newstart benefit with a special focus on that in regional areas
& # 39; That's good news. That's great news! More jobs! How good are more jobs? & # 39;
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a net increase of just 500 jobs for the month of June.
Liberal MP Russell Broadbent announced that he supported Senate colleague Dean Smith's call to raise Newstart, which would put the pair at odds with the government.
Senator Smith said Governor of Reserve Bank Philip Lowe and former Prime Minister John Howard a & # 39; very powerful starting point & # 39; in the Newstart debate, which should weigh heavily on the coalition.
Joyce said he started buying cheaper groceries and turned off the heating on cold nights to pay for his two families since he left his wife Natalie (far left)
The Governor of the Central Bank said that raising Newstart would help stimulate the economy, while Mr. Howard stated that the payment should no longer be frozen.
& # 39; I am someone who believes that the amount of the Newstart benefit should be more than assessed – which was Labor's weak position – it should be increased, & # 39; said Senator Smith to the House of Lords.
Mr. Broadbent said the government could find the money to raise Newstart within existing resources.
& # 39; It is difficult at that level of income, especially in regional areas, to have enough money to get out and find a job & # 39 ;, he told ABC News.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has called for an increase in Newstart payment and notes that the recipients of welfare are leading a tough life – but Prime Minister Scott Morrison closed the idea and claimed that there were 20,000 new jobs
& # 39; I have to question the starting agencies about their effectiveness and it would be better if money was spent directly on the unemployed, so that they could get a job opportunity. & # 39;
A Nation leader Pauline Hanson finds the payment of $ 40 a day too low, while Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce agrees that the rate should be raised to help regional recipients of well-being.
National frontbencher Matt Canavan and liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos have also given their support to Newstart.
Joyce said the Newstart benefit was simply not enough and should be increased, especially for those in regional areas
The payment is $ 555.70 per two weeks for a single person without children.
The Greens and the top social services organization, ACOSS, have insisted on a $ 75 boost per week for Newstart.
Some Labor backbenchers have supported that amount, but the party does not have a fixed view of how much higher the benefit should be.
The government has always been against raising the rate, arguing that getting people into work is more important than improving social benefits.
The Nationals defy Scott Morrison and insist on Newstart boost
National MPs defied the Prime Minister by secretly incurring their own costs for raising the Newstart benefit.
The party's policy committee will model the economic impact of raising unemployment benefits, but place 80 percent of the payment in quarantine on a cashless welfare card, which can only be used for essential needs.
A conservative think tank will also be instructed to crack the figures for the party's national conference later this year, the Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly rejected calls to cancel the benefit, and last week warned coalition back seats to pursue their own policy agendas.
& # 39; It seems more and more that the only person in Australia who doesn't think there should be an increase in Newstart is Scott Morrison, & # 39; frontbencher Mark Butler told reporters in Adelaide.
& # 39; It is becoming increasingly clear that the current pace is untenable. & # 39;
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack also made calls to raise the Newstart rate from his Nationals banquet hall, instead encouraging job seekers to go to regional cities to find work.
Meanwhile, a senior cabinet minister has refused to say whether he personally intervened to prevent a parliamentary committee from recommending an increase in the Newstart rate.
On the eve of the federal election, former Social Security Minister Paul Fletcher allegedly intervenes in the investigation to erase a two-fold call to raise Newstart benefits.
Mr Fletcher repeatedly raised a series of questions about whether he was leaning against the committee.
& # 39; Look, I always talk to colleagues & # 39; s, but I don't comment on the conversations I have with colleagues & # 39; s, "he told the ABC & # 39; s Insiders program.
& # 39; The standard practice is that a committee report is signed by committee members, and that is exactly what happened here. & # 39;
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