People commenting don't understand Australian living costs and wages. Australians earn more than Americans, but also pay more than Americans for everything. The median income is $72k per year currently (~$200 per day - so $35 is well below the poverty line), which is a lot over the American median income of ~$39k (those were the most recent statistics I could find someone feel free to correct me if you have more current ones). Our living costs are correspondingly higher, rent in particular (reference).
Absolute bare minimum worst of the worst living costs in Australia:
Rent: Average $200 p.w.+ per person
Power: $20 p.w.
Water: $15 p.w.
Internet: $15 p.w.
Phone $7.50 p.w.
Bank charges: $5 p.w. (you won't be eligible for the $35 a day unless you have a phone and a bank account so I'm including them)
Basic food: $90 p.w. (this is for one person, obv increases for more)
Total: $262.50 basic living costs per week, or $37.50 a day, increasing from there depending on the number of people. I haven't included public transport in this either as it varies, so this assumes you sit at home, which you can't do because you have to look for work to get your $35. Yes you could cut internet, but then you have to go out to use it (and you are expected to - which then adds public transport costs and so on).
You could 'live' for $35 a day theoretically, however the biggest issues is that you can barely, barely cover basic essentials, and that traps poor people in an effective cycle of poverty over the longer term.
This is acknowledged even by the Business Council of Australia (peak lobbying body of businesses here - and how often do you think they support things that inevitably raise business taxes?), who state the amount is so low it's preventing people from accessing employment as they cannot afford things like suitable work clothing, or phone credit to call back about interviews and so on (reference), and you can't afford to socialise because of travel costs and so on, which means you also lose valuable social supports. And of course you're fucked if the fridge breaks down (you simply can't replace it, so that also raises your food costs because you can't buy things and keep them), if you need dental care, and god help you if you need to move and find a house/bond/convince someone to rent to you over competition (which of course means you can't really move around much to look for work either).
It really is too low relative to our living costs and the basic requirements of actually getting a job.