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Christine Milne Question without Notice on Newstart and payments for single parents

Question
Christine Milne 13 Mar 2013

Christine Milne asked Finance Minister Wong to confirm whether the Government has ruled out increasing Newstart by $50 a week; and how the Labor Party's decision to cut payments to single parents represents the Labor values that Senator Doug Cameron spoke about earlier today.

"Noting the comments of Senator Cameron this morning agreeing with the Greens that Australian children are being forced into poverty because of the Government's decision to move single parents from the single parent payment to Newstart, can the Minister confirm reports that the government has ruled out increasing Newstart by $50 a week and reversing the cuts to single parents in this year's budget? And if so can the Minister explain how this decision represents the Labor values so eloquently described by Senator Cameron?" 

 

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