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It's Newstart pay rise day. You're in line for 24 cents, which is peanuts

  • Written by Peter Martin., Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
It's Newstart pay rise day. You're in line for 24 cents, which is peanutsThe extra 24 cents per day can buy an extra 36 peanuts per day, more if you buy in bulk.Shutterstock

Newstart recipients and other Australians on benefits get their half-yearly pay rise today (and also on March 20). This one is vanishingly small.

Announced very quietly by Social Services Minister Anne Ruston earlier this week, it amounts to just A$...

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