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Local MP Justine Elliot has optimistically called on local National Party branch members to resign in disgust over the party’s cuts to JobKeeper payments, and their ‘chaotic NSW government infighting and koala killer agenda’.

JobKeeper payments will be cut from the end of September, and be reduced from $1,500 to $1,200 a fortnight.

They will continue until March 2021. The ABC reports however that, ‘Unemployed Australians and workers on the federal government’s coronavirus wage subsidy program will continue to receive support beyond the planned JobSeeker and JobKeeper end date’.

Mrs Elliot says NSW Treasury figures obtained from Shadow Treasurer, Dr Jim Chalmers, show more than 33,000 local workers across the Richmond electorate will be worse off, and more than $30 million will be ripped out of the North Coast economy every fortnight with the federal government cuts to JobKeeper at the end of September.

The Echo sought comment from local NSW MLC Ben Franklin, but his office referred the issue to the office of federal MP for Page, Kevin Hogan (Nationals).

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  1. JobKeeper cuts to the fortunate ones that managed to get the JobKeeper. The less fortunate went onto JobSeeker or like casuals, foreign students, Uni workers they got the Royal Shaft treatment from ScamMO. But Joshua and ScamMO now need to deliver that promise of…… “Back in Black” and sip from those $25.00 collector item coffee mugs in celebration!


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