23 Mar 2017

Welfare isn't a choice for some. "It's shameful and it's embarrassing.

Independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie does now what it's like and she spoke of her fears of what life would be like for people forced to do with even less in the Senate last night.
"It's not a choice for us to be on welfare," Senator Lambie said.
"It's shameful and it's embarrassing. We do it, not because we want to, but because circumstances put us there."
"For you to take more money off those people, you have no idea how bloody tough it is."
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie.
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie. Photo: Andrew Meares
There has been much talk of the decoupling of the government's welfare cuts from its childcare changes.
Most of the cuts are now housed in a third piece of legislation being debated by the Senate.
Most of the people in Parliament have no direct experience of what it is like to receive a welfare payment.

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