$2 extra for dole leaves people in poverty, say advocates

Darryn Smith

A $2-A-WEEK pay rise for Australians living on the dole is still not enough, and only highlights the "fault lines" in the welfare system, community advocates say.

Head of the National Welfare Rights Network Maree O'Halloran has called for the new Coalition government to give priority to lifting welfare entitlements.

She said a rise coming to the dole next week, in line with indexation, will only give the nation's poorest an extra $2 a week.

"This still leaves unemployed Australians languishing on poverty-rate payments of just $35 a day," she said.

While all welfare entitlements will rise marginally from the index arrangements, Ms O'Halloran said, the increase showed more work was needed to get people into work and provide an "adequate income" when looking for jobs.

Topics:  dole poverty unemployment welfare

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