Earlier this year Women’s Health West (WHW) wrote to members of parliament about the inadequate rate of Newstart and related payments. Since that time, the Commonwealth Government has introduced JobSeeker and JobKeeper as vital measures to mitigate the financial impact of Covid-19. We wrote again in August to urge the Government to maintain an adequate permanent increase to JobSeeker beyond the current crisis, and to make both wage subsidies available to people on temporary visas.
WHW urges the government to maintain JobSeeker at an adequate permanent increased rate, and to extend it and JobKeeper to people on temporary visas for the six reasons outlined below.
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