Church leaders join environment groups to call for increase to JobSeeker payments

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated April 14 2021 - 2:29pm, first published July 9 2020 - 9:30am
Left-to-Right: Teresa Brierley of Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Kath Teagle, of Newcastle Climate Change Response, Callan Lawrence of Hunter Community Alliance, Elle Lawless of The Wilderness Society Newcastle, Garry Derkenne of Uniting Church Adamstown, Tom Stuart of Uniting Church Charlestown, James Whelan of Climate Action Newcastle, and front, David Belcher of Community Disability Alliance Hunter.

More than 20 leaders of Hunter-based religious, welfare and environment organisations have joined a campaign calling for a permanent increase to JobSeeker and related payments.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Journalist

Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.

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