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As the Newstart debate rages, it's time to give all our kids a fair start

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Our kids do better now, and are more likely to do better in the future, when they have their needs met, and when their families are supported to nurture them. But families trying to nurture their kids are sometimes rocked by events they can't control, such as unemployment or illness. When this happens it's down to all of us, and it benefits all of us, to do what we can to help families and kids.

But as we mark Anti-Poverty Week, and the Senate reviews the adequacy of Newstart and related payments, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) is increasingly concerned that the damage Newstart-driven poverty is doing to young Australians today, and potentially for the rest of their lives, is not being taken into account, least of all by our political leaders.

Research shows adversity experienced by children in their earliest years can have a negative impact throughout their lifetime. Picture: Vince Caligiuri

ARACY exists to ensure the maximum benefit to Australia's children and taxpayers. We do so by working to ensure policies and programs, designed to help young Australians reach their potential, are based on solid evidence of what works.

ARACY only fairly recently came to the view that Newstart and other benefits........

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