Article by Luke Henriques-Gomes
Excerpts about Zoe
Zoe Daniel, the former ABC journalist taking on Liberal MP Tim Wilson in the Melbourne seat of Goldstein, said she backed an initial call from welfare groups for a $150-a-fortnight increase to the payment.
“If elected I will take further expert advice on the dollar amount, but on the face of it I believe an increase of $75 per week in jobseeker to be overdue and justified on both equity and economic grounds,” Daniel said.
Daniel said top economist Chris Richardson had found an increase would “not only lift jobseeker recipients out of dire poverty, but would grow the economy and create additional jobs”.
“Should the parliament be in a state of minority government after the election, the men vying to be prime minister would be well aware of my position on this issue,” she said.