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While the COVID-19 health regulations vacillate from state to state and the business sector rides the rollercoaster of openings and closures, the debate over JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments continues.

It is expected that sometime today Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce the extension of JobKeeper past its September cut off to March 2021.

Reports are also suggesting that the rate of $1,500 will change and so will the people eligible for the payment with cuts expected for part-time workers, casuals, and JobSeeker claimants.

Rumour has it that a new rate of $1,200 per fortnight will be the amount of the extended payment, which will stay at $1,500 until September 28.

The change in the amount comes after a report that a Treasury review of the JobKeeper scheme found almost $30 billion had been paid to workers and that the flat $1,500 wage subsidy dampened incentives to work.

The government says it’s closing what it called a ‘loophole’ under which the wages of some casual and part-time staff actually rose under JobKeeper.

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  1. How come,
    It was decided that it was too dangerous to put 3.5 million unemployed, on the unemployment payment ?
    This is because Scumo and his fellow fascists know too well, that is impossible to survive on that .
    so to prevent an immediate backlash, they distinguish between those already in this impossible position and those only recently and temporarily effected by government inaction. So if your employer is willing you will recieve jobkeeper $1500 per fortnight (sometimes with a share to the employer as in the case of the catholic church ) while jobseeker will be reduced to $1200 and will nodoubt be subjected to out-sourced harrasment from ‘service providers’, but ……pensioners have always recieved less than what has now been determined to be insufficient for survival, but obviously they are too silly and ineffectual, to be a threat at voting time.
    Oh Well , Cheers G”)

  2. Here he comes, the ScoNO, with his “Snap Back”…snap back to Coalition DNA. Time for the ‘dole bludgers’, ‘the leaners not lifters’ and ‘the not having a go so you not getting a go mob’ to be lined up for a kicking, again. No need to maintain the former level of support payments past September. Has ScoNO seen something we all haven’t – the Covid has been tamed? the economy going gang busters? jobs and working hours galore to be had for everyone?

  3. Sure ‘snap back’ is back. We will go on ducking
    & weaving & trying to look like “something is
    happening but no-one knows what it is – not
    even mister Jones.” Yeah… I say to myself
    “… It’s the vote; stupid.”


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