UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

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The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance, writes Peter Saunders.

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The Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living, UNSW research has found. 

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As a migrant herself, Associate Professor Bingqin Li is no stranger to the difficulties of living and working away from home. But it was the disappearance of her mother’s housekeeper in Beijing that gave her the impetus for her research in social policy.