The Australian Greens are extremely disappointed by reports that the Government has done a deal with the ALP that will mean newly arrived migrants will have to wait four years before they can access working aged payments like Newstart.

 

“The ALP have condemned newly arrived migrants who can’t find work to poverty, Senator Rachel Siewert said. 

 

“This is an outrageous attack on our multicultural community and I’m frankly surprised that members of the Labor party thinks it’s okay for people to come to our country and basically receive no support when they need it.

 

“Australia is a multicultural society, many people in the Parliament are migrants or the children of migrants.

 

 Senator Nick McKim said:

“The Australian people have comprehensively rejected the politics of fear and division.

 

“People who have decided to make their lives here deserve the support of the wider community.

 

“Migrants should be encouraged to take part in our society, not punished and forced into poverty because of political games.”