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

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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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.

18/09/2014 07:34Sydney, Australia. 18 September,2014
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