A little bit of a issue with the tapering down thing. i have been on Newstart for nearly a year despite not looking for work because I am studying full time. If it was tapered down, I would be in an even worse position and unable to finish my studies with would keep me in the welfare cycle.
These things sound good but do not hold up when put into practical terms.
I think she was saying to up it from what it is now then taper down to what it is now.