Let’s Raise the Rate for Good

Watch our short video which explains why we can’t let JobSeeker be cut back to around $40 a day

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1 million Australians are waking up without work. Any one of us could be next.

Watch our video, then take action by adding your name to our call to the federal government.

Video transcript

This content is an animated video.

A background melody plays throughout the video piece.

It opens on a full screen of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence logo.

It then transitions to full screen text that notes:

“1 million Australians are waking up without work."

Source is ABS, July 2020 data.

This is quickly followed by text that notes:

“You could be next.”

Again, with source data noted as “Allowance for a single adult and child as at 9 September 2020”

It then transitions to the next full screen of text that notes:

“How far does $83 a day get you?”

Then an animated line drawing piece of storytelling starts.

With the opening scene, an animated character appears, shaped like a bean with a face and arms and legs. The character is gender neutral and represents any adult with a child.

This animated adult is laying on their bed and they awake and get out of bed. At the top of the screen is noted ‘Allowance $83’ which refers to the current temporarily increased JobSeeker payment the Federal Government introduced because of the coronavirus. Also on the wall is a calendar noting that the rent is due.

In the next scene, the adult walks out of their bedroom into the family area of their house. They wall towards a computer on the bench, passing their child who is feeding the dog. The adult logs on to pay the rent. At the top of the screen, text appears noting that the cost of rent and household items for the day is $47 - and the remaining available daily allowance amount of $83 drops to $36.

The adult puts on their face mask, given the coronavirus rules, before they walk outside of the house with their child.

The adult and child walk into the next scene where they have walked to the shops to buy essentials like milk and bread. The child spots lollies and is happy and excited, and wants to buy them, but the adult motions ‘no’. The child is sad. At the top of the screen, text appears noting that the cost of food for the day is $17 - and the remaining available allowance amount drops again to $19.

The adult and child continue walking and as they do, they walk past stores that have ‘Closed due to COVID’ signs on them.

As they walk into the next scene, a bus pulls up and they get on the bus. At the top of the screen, text appears noting that the cost of transport for the day is $5 - and the remaining available daily allowance amount drops again to $14.

The adult and child travel a little on the bus and then stop and get off – they get off in front of a business that has a sign that notes ‘Closed until further notice”.

They continue walking and in the next scene, they arrive at the pharmacy, where the pharmacist gives the adult some medication they have purchased. At the top of the screen, text appears noting that the cost of health items for the day is $14 - and the remaining available daily allowance amount drops to zero. They have no money left.

They continue walking and in the next scene, they arrive at the employment centre to join the back of the employment queue. They are both sad when they get there - especially when they realise there are many, many others lined up before them for a job.

Then a full screen of text appears that notes:

“$83 a day is barely enough to live... now imagine about half“

This is then followed by another full screen of text that appears that notes:

“Australia’s unemployment line is long and growing”

Another full screen of text appears that notes:

“The unemployment line is hard enough….Living below the poverty line is even harder”

This is then followed by another full screen of text appearing that notes:

“This could be any one of us. We can’t let JobSeeker be cut back to around $40”

The video then closes with a full screen which shows the Brotherhood of St. Laurence logo and text that notes:

“hashtag Raise the Rate. Go to bsl.org.au/raisetherate