Lifting the rate of unemployment benefits would bring down poverty levels and reduce inequality in Australia, according to new modelling by the University of Canberra.
New figures from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) show a $75 weekly increase in the Newstart allowance would have the greatest impact on people between the ages of 25 and 36, who stand to gain $304 a year.
Modelling the effects across the country, NATSEM found the top five electorates to benefit from a lift in Newstart are all safe Labor seats mostly in western and south-western Sydney, including those of frontbenchers Tony Burke and Jason Clare.
SOURCE: Emma Alberici. “Increasing Newstart benefits would reduce Inequality across the Country. See how any changes could affect you.” ABC NEWS, 31 Mar 2019.
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