Anti-Poverty Week exec. director Toni Wren estimates that removing the $550 coronavirus supplement will increase child poverty from 780,000 to over a million. The supplement has reduced child poverty. It makes economic and moral sense to retain it.
Adj. Prof. Tony Pietropiccolo AM
"More than one million Australian children face living below the poverty line if the $550-a-month coronavirus supplement is cut off in September.
The unemployment spike caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed up the number of children living in benefit-dependent families to more than one in five 0-14 year-olds."