With Centrelink now docking payments when recipients do the slightest thing wrong in their job applications, they are being pushed onto the streets. The number of homeless is going through the roof. It is rising at an alarming rate.
Buying a place to live will never be possible for low-income citizens. It is out of the question for all of them. Indeed, many families who successfully rent are having to make do with one and two bedroom residences. They need help now.
Rents have been increasing faster than the rise in property prices over the last 10 years. Furthermore, if the minimum wage had kept pace with this, wage earners would be getting $80 a week more now. Newstart has only risen 31 percent over the last decade as the CPI is falling behind real inflation. Since 2014 affordable housing for single people on Newstart has decreased by 50 percent.