Half a million Australian Centrelink users have reduced their payments

The Greens and Labor have joined forces in an attempt to push through an increase in benefits.

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Newstart and related benefits will be examined in a broad Senate investigation amid political pressure to raise the rate.

The two parties are working together to send the matter to the First Committee Community Committee, which will report its findings in March next year.

Currently, some Australians without children can claim $ 555.70 for up to fourteen days at Newstart.

The Greens and Labor have joined forces in an attempt to push through an increase in benefits

The Greens and Labor have joined forces in an attempt to push through an increase in benefits

While the government – determined in its refusal to abolish Newstart – opposed the investigation, crossbench senators helped on Thursday with a win of 35-31.

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The Senate Committee will look at how the payments are determined and which expert decisions are taken into account.

The economic costs of the current Newstart rate and the benefits of canceling payments are within the scope of the investigation.

The effect of increasing the rate on the bottom line of the budget, together with the changing nature of the work, will also be considered.

Greens senator Rachel Siewert has campaigned extensively for raising social benefits for the unemployed.

& # 39; This week, people from all over politics came forward to support an increase to Newstart, which has not had a real increase since 1994, & # 39; said Senator Siewert.

Newstart and related benefits will be examined in a broad Senate investigation amid political pressure to raise the rate

Newstart and related benefits will be examined in a broad Senate investigation amid political pressure to raise the rate

Newstart and related benefits will be examined in a broad Senate investigation amid political pressure to raise the rate

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Meanwhile, Labor Senator Raff Ciccone has called for a new system to regularly assess social benefits, along with an immediate increase in benefits.

The Victorian gave his first speech in parliament on Wednesday, almost four months after entering the federal parliament to replace retired senator Jacinta Collins.

Senator Ciccone called for an increase in the Newstart benefit.

& # 39; A meaningful and immediate increase in Newstart is an important step that we must embrace, but it certainly cannot be our last & # 39 ;, he told parliament.

& # 39; To ensure that the hardships that are now there cannot return, we need to work together to create a framework in which changes in this and other elements of our social security system are regularly evaluated. & # 39;

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Before entering federal politics, Senator Ciccone was a civil servant at the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association in Melbourne and represented employees scammed during the 7/11 underpayment scandal.

He said that whistleblower protection should be extended to temporary protection for visa workers, while franchisers responsible for underpayment should be responsible if franchisees do not solve the problem.

The Labor Senator also wants increased fines for wage theft, and a simpler remedy for non-payment and underpayment of superannuation.

He said that workers in the so-called gig economy, which includes platforms such as Uber and apps for food delivery, should be protected by the same labor laws that other employees are.

& # 39; It is our responsibility in this place to offer them the same dignity and safety as the rest of our community. & # 39;

The two parties are working together to send the matter to the community committee of the House of Lords, which will report its findings in March next year
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The two parties are working together to send the matter to the community committee of the House of Lords, which will report its findings in March next year

The two parties are working together to send the matter to the community committee of the House of Lords, which will report its findings in March next year

Senator Ciccone broke down when he talked about his wife Dimity Paul's fight with breast cancer.

Mrs. Paul, who has the BRCA gene, was screened regularly, but it is estimated that the risk would increase later in her & # 39; 30 if the couple wanted to have a family.

& # 39; However, it was during one of her annual MRI & # 39; s that less than one inch of stage three cancer was found and it had already spread to her lymph nodes, & # 39; said Senator Ciccone.

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& # 39; It is not dramatic to say that without knowing her genetic status and being tested regularly, my wife may not be here today. & # 39;

He vowed to work to expand preventive health measures and screening, and said early diagnosis is the key to survival.

Senator Ciccone also mentioned tackling homelessness and pursuing a treaty with indigenous peoples as priorities.

Doctors have also considered the need to cancel the benefit and say that people on Newstart benefit & # 39; considerable stress & # 39; to experience.

& # 39; People on that benefit experience significant stress and problems and that must have health effects on their well-being & # 39 ;, Tony Bartone, president of the Australian Medical Association, told the National Press Club on Wednesday.

& # 39; It is clear that if they struggle, clearly, if it is insufficient to meet their needs, certainly from a health perspective, it makes sense to grow. & # 39;

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