Today is the National Day of Action to Raise the Rate for Good
PeakCare supports the call for action, and believes every family deserves to have enough money for food, rent and the basics of life.
Experts define the poverty line in Australia as $480 – $500 per week for a single person with no children, including housing costs. Before the COVID-19 crisis, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing, has gone through the roof.
You can support the Raise the Rate for Good campaign by adding your voice to the call for a permanent and adequate increase to income support payments.
How can you get involved?
Visit your MP’s electorate office to deliver a holiday card in person
Campaign Supporters will be hand-delivering holiday cards to their MP’s electorate office to tell them what impact the Christmas cut will have on millions, and why Australians need a permanent and adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and other income support payments.
Call your Member of Parliament’s (MP) electorate office
If you are unable to visit your MP, call your MP’s electorate office on or before the Day of Action. Our political leaders are discussing the fate of income support payments right now so the sooner the better.
Contact members of the Expenditure Review Committee
The members of the Expenditure Review Committee
(ERC) are the key decision-makers of income support policy. They will soon be receiving of cards from all over the country so flood them with phone calls and hand-delivered cards.
Organise your own actions!
Grassroots supporters are planning actions in their communities, from tables with holidays cards, to putting RTRFG flyers in letterboxes around their neighbourhood.
Take it to social media
Share your message or story on social media, ACOSS has social media tiles
for Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you tag ACOSS on Facebook @RaisetheRate
and Twitter @ACOSS
and use the hashtags #RaisetheRateforGood #S,topTheXmasCut and #auspol.
(Not sure who your MP is? Look it up on the AEC website
It’s time for Australia to step up and support struggling families by raising the rate for good!