A coalition MP has opposed any raise in the Newstart Allowance saying that if she had to she was well and truly capable of living on a mere $40 an hour.
“I’d have to make a few sacrifices such as having the pool boy only come in twice a week and I’d have to use my parliamentary meal allowance to actually buy food,” said Julia Banks. “I’d take a skiing holiday locally rather than flying all the way to Whistler. As long as I knew there was a directorship of a few companies awaiting me or the odd job as a lobbying consultant at the end of it all I think I’d get by.”
However even the head of the Business Council Of Australia has stated that it would be good for the country to raise the allowance by $10 a day.
“Australia would benefit from a having a better quality of person selling their kidneys and other vital organs on the black market,” said Jennifer Westacott. “If I ever needed a new liver I’d want it to come from someone who hasn’t been scrabbling around in the muck to make a living.”
The (un)Australian attempted to talk to an unemployed person for this article but their phone ran out of credit before we could get some kind of fake quote from them.
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