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People in poverty is "not a waste of time": Greens on Newstart increase

July 22, 2019. Greens Senator Rachel Siewert speaks to the media in Canberra after seeking support in the senate for an increase in the Newstart payment to $75 a week. The Government does not support the bill. "They keep running the same old myths that this is a transition payment," Ms Siewert says. The Labor Party says it was up to the government to support the bill and that the Greens were wasting time. "It is not a waste of time in our senate to be talking about people living in poverty," (AAP Video/Marc Tewksbury)
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