Minister challenged to live on $35 a day

Jenny Macklin
Jenny Macklin
Families Minister Jenny Macklin has been challenged to back up her claim she could live on $35 a day, after defending cuts to single parents' benefits.

At a press conference held to explain the federal government's changes to the Newstart allowance on Monday, Ms Macklin was asked if she could survive on $35 a day - the new rate of the benefit.

Ms Macklin responded, "I could", but the question and answer were described as "inaudible" when her office released a transcript of the press conference.

A tweet from Melbourne writer Marian Dalton challenged Ms Macklin to back up the claim.

"A proposal - let Jenny Macklin commit to living on $35 a day for a month, with no support or access to her assets," Ms Dalton said.

A spokeswoman from Ms Macklin's office said the controversial claim had not been intentionally omitted.

"The Minister's comments are a matter of public record. We provide the best quality transcripts available to us to help inform the media," the spokeswoman told Fairfax.

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