A Labor MP has backed calls for an increase to Newstart.
A Labor MP has backed calls for an increase to Newstart. Kyle Zenchyson

Increase Newstart to $400 week: Labor MP

NEWSTART should be increased by more than $100 a week to stop people being pushed into poverty, a federal Labor MP has argued.

Western Sydney Labor MP Mike Freelander is urging colleagues to "show a bit of guts" and campaign for the significant increase to $400 a week, up from $275.

Dr Freelander says the Morrison government is consigning people to the far outreaches of society with little prospect of improving their lives.

"I have discussed it with some of the welfare groups in my electorate and if they (people on Newstart) are going to be able to rent a room in a boarding house and provide for food and transport costs, that is the figure that we need to be looking at," he told The Guardian on Wednesday.

Another Labor MP, Nick Champion, told the publication a $75 a week boost is necessary, mirroring the rate advocated by the Australian Council of Social Service.

The government's changes to the pension income test has revived calls for an increase to its unemployment support.

But the coalition has flatly rejected the suggestion, repeating its long-held argument that the best form of welfare is a job.



Engagement ring found among ash of burned family home

premium_icon Engagement ring found among ash of burned family home

WARWICK couple mourn the loss of their first home to freak accident.

Warwick enthusiasts gutted after Holden burn out

premium_icon Warwick enthusiasts gutted after Holden burn out

More Aussie than football, meat pies and kangaroos, the iconic car brand was...

RESTRICTION RELIEF: Council to reconsider emergency status

premium_icon RESTRICTION RELIEF: Council to reconsider emergency status

LOCAL business saved from brink of closure thanks to summer rain.