The AUWU has joined with other anti-poverty groups to lobby councils to publicly advocate increasing Newstart to the Newstart Henderson Poverty Line.
Many of our members have already successfully lobbied their local council. Here’s how:
- Find and contact a local councillor you believe would be sympathetic to raising Newstart
- 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.
- 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.
- Finally, our 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 position.
19 councils, representing 1.5 million people are already on board. Let’s make it 100 councils!
Get together with your local AUWU branch and use the above process.
Please contact the AUWU if you would like further support in this campaign.
Local councils which have passed motions to raise the rate of Newstart are:
New South Wales
- Clare and Gilbert Valley
- Copper Coast
- Kangaroo Island
- Mount Gambier
- Port Adelaide Enfield
- Streaky Bay
- Tea Tree Gully