An estimated 540,000 Australians didn’t have paid work ahead of lockdown, so missed out on COVID-19 support this year. They’ve been left to live on $44 a day — well below the poverty line.
The business support package to save the NSW economy gets it right on most counts.
The most stressed are Australians on JobSeeker and single parents.
JobKeeper, the COVID boost to JobSeeker, and moratoriums on rent increases and evictions all ended this month. Only smarter policies will prevent homelessness, as a landmark Victorian report explains.
With cuts to JobKeeper and JobSeeker set to bite, Social Services Minister Anne Ruston has cast doubt over the idea of a poverty line.
JobKeeper and the COVID Supplement to JobSeeker benefits will be gone in a week. The combined effect will be to halve some recipients’ incomes and the rent they can afford.
Any permanent increase is welcome, but there’s a long way to go.
The inadequacy of the Newstart payment was recognised long before the pandemic. We shouldn’t go back to it.
A new study highlights significant misunderstandings about the scale and scope of Australians who receive unemployment payments.
Most Australians get enough to live on in retirement. Some get more they get while working, but 30% get less, and boosting super won’t help them.
It isn’t available to the bulk of the unemployed, it isn’t available to people who’ve been on JobKeeper rather than JobSeeker, and employers can overclaim.
The impacts of the pandemic on jobs and incomes have been so widespread and severe that low-income households can afford very few properties despite rents falling in some parts of our capital cities.
Borrowing to reduce unemployment and increase growth will pay for itself.
Exploitation and underpayment is rife in fruit picking. The Coronavirus Supplement appears not to have dented the will to work.
New analysis shows there is considerable scope to increase JobSeeker payments before they might hinder people’s motivation to find paid work.
Pensions are indexed twice a year. But COVID-19 has put a spanner in the works of what should be a regular increase next month.
Unemployed Australians were characterised as ‘lazy’ and ‘underserving’ of government support in the 1930s. Sound familiar?
The federal government must provide more support if Victorian businesses and households are to survive the state’s Stage 4 lockdown.
The Australian government’s JobTrainer programs provides A$1.5 billion in wage support for apprentices and trainees.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the production side of the economy, So how will tax cuts for those on high incomes help?