1 October 2020
The Tasmanian Division of the AUWU calls upon the Australian Federal Government to immediately raise the base rate of all social security payments to at least the Henderson Poverty Line. Please click the following link to access our Tasmanian based survey (which should only take five minutes of your time to complete) or read on for more information.
According to ABS statistics, as of December 2019 Tasmania’s total population was 537,000 people — as of July 2020, 162,758 are in receipt of a social security payment (72,027 age pensioners; 39,514 unemployed; 36,524 disabled people and carers; 8,957 parents; 5,736 students and trainees). As of 2020 the base rates of all social security payments are below the poverty line, leading to personal hardship, deprivation and homelessness, as well as having a negative impact upon the economy. Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties, including article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), yet is failing to ensure its citizens have the means to access essential health care, housing and food.
Please join us by completing our survey and taking this opportunity to have your voice heard. The results of this survey will be hand-delivered to Tasmanian federal members of parliament, urging them to remember that your voice matters and your vote counts. No Tasmanian (or indeed, any Australian) should be living in government-mandated poverty.