Morrison refuses to consider Newstart lift

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists better-than-expected budget figures have not shifted his thinking on leaving the Newstart payment at its existing rate.

The jobless allowance has been going backwards in real terms for 25 years and has been described by critics as “unnecessarily cruel”, but Mr Morrison argues his focus is on getting people into work.

“It is a very expensive undertaking and there is not the room in the budget at this point to do that,” he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

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