FEDERAL shadow family and social services minister Linda Burney was in Fremantle this week to help launch a new petition calling for a rise in the dole.
Launching the petition at St Pat’s Community Support Centre, Ms Burney said increasing Newstart payments would help lift people out of poverty while boosting the economy.
The Morrison government is currently holding an inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart, with submissions closing on Monday.
Federal Fremantle Labor MP Josh Wilson said Newstart was so low it worked against getting people back into a job.
He said when unemployed people were struggling just to get food on the table, getting some new clothes or even the train fair to a job interview was virtually impossible.
The petition can be found at http://www.alp.org.au/increasenewstart or a hard copy is at Mr Wilson’s Wray Avenue office.
This week St Pat’s also launched the all-new menu for its Long Table Dinner.
Having already scored a marketing coup by securing local rock legend John Butler to perform at the November 28 event, the event is expected even further down High Street this year.
National Hotel head chef Kestrel Urban has designed this year’s meal.
“I wanted to create something that people weren’t expecting; to impress returning and new guests with a feasting menu,” Mr Urban said.
His menu features treats such as a fennel, thyme and garlic roast chicken with red grapes and pancetta, glazed ham with coriander, or for vegetarians there’s a beans and baby carrots with pomegranate and sesame.
Money raised on the night goes to St Pat’s, which provides 130 emergency accommodation beds as well as support services for people facing homelessness.
Tickets are $185 for the three-course meal, $49 for a picnic table and meal from one of the food stalls, or $35 if you just want to hire a picnic table to catch JB play and eat your own tucker.