'Hard to make ends meet' on $330k: Shorten

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Australia's richest and poorest postcodesOne pocket of Sydney's eastern suburbs earn close to nine times more than those who live in the country's poorest area.

Employment minister Bill Shorten has declared he finds it "hard to make ends meet" on his $330,000 salary while denying a rise to the $13,000 unemployment benefit.

Mr Shorten made the comment while facing questions over a potential rise to the $249-a-week Newstart allowance, the Daily Telegraph reports.

"I think it would be very difficult to live on $249 (a week)," Mr Shorten said.

"I've got a young family, I find it hard enough to make ends meet currently and I've got a job."

Lobby groups have this week called on a government inquiry into the Newstart allowance to have the wage set by a tribunal, like politicians' salaries.

The groups have argued it is impossible for Australians to survive on $35 a day and have argued for a rise to as much as $50 a day.

Mr Shorten has ruled out an immediate rise to the dole with the government arguing it would act as a disincentive to finding work.

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