Victory on Welfare Bill. Now For Newstart Increase!

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Our February Flood campaign worked! The Welfare Reform Bill did not pass.

Last week, Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) social services spokeswoman Rebekha Sharkie said her party was "not yet satisfied that our concerns in relation to a ­couple of the (measures) have been addressed". As a result, this week the Welfare Reform Bill has been taken off the Senate's agenda.

Thanks to all the work done by AUWU volunteers and supporters, we helped knock this part of the government's welfare crackdown on the head.

However, we still have a lot of work to do. We have been told that the Coalition government are going split up the Bill and try to pass it later in the year. We must keep resisting the government's welfare crackdown. We need to take the fight to the government.

The AUWU have started this fight by lobbying councils to publicly advocate increasing Newstart to the Henderson Poverty Line. The government want to cut Newstart, we should demand that they increase it!

Last Wednesday, the AUWU successfully put a motion up at Moreland City Council in Melbourne to adopt this proposal. Another great win.

We are asking all our members to join this struggle and ask their local council to adopt this proposal. Here's how:
  1. Find and contact a local councillor you believe would be sympathetic to raising Newstart
  2. Edit and send them the AUWU's draft motion, accompanied by these facts backing up your case for an increase to Newstart. Ask the councillor to put the motion up at the next council meeting.
  3. Set up a stall in your local area and ask people to sign a petition asking the council to pass the motion (see here for the AUWUs draft petition). Ask supporters to attend the council meeting where the motion will be discussed.
  4. Finally, the AUWU's goal is that every council in Australia adopt this motion. Sign and share this petition asking that the Australian Local Government Association, which represents all councils, adopt this motion.

Already we have 11 councils on board. By the end of the year, we want this to be 100.

Join the struggle!

Also the AUWU is working on setting up Public Action Forums around the country to build the struggle against the Welfare Crackdown. Contact us if you would like some support setting one up in your local area.

Look forward to working with you.

In solidarity,

Owen Bennett
President (Melbourne Branch)
Australian Unemployed Workers' Union

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