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Labor pushing to scrap JobKeeper changes

Monday, August 24th, 2020 7:00am

Labor has ramped up calls to extend the current rate of wage subsidies and the boosted dole payment as the coalition pushes for workplace flexibility.

The Morrison government has unveiled plans to continue pandemic-inspired emergency powers for employers to change workers’ hours, duties and location.

Under the bill due to go to parliament on Wednesday, businesses no longer accessing JobKeeper would retain the industrial relations flexibility measures provided a 10 per cent hit to revenue is shown.

The federal opposition has welcomed the revenue test after the government originally floated extending the provisions for all former JobKeeper recipients.

Labor is also arguing for the $1500 fortnightly payment to remain at that rate for another six months with Victoria’s lockdown smashing the national economy.

But the government is holding firm against the suggestion, along with calls to keep the unemployment benefit at around $1100 a fortnight beyond September.

The government’s bill would cut JobKeeper payments from $1500 to $1200 at the end of September, and then down to $1000 from December to March.

The government wants to reduce the $1100 JobSeeker rate to $800 until the end of the year before developing a longer-term plan.

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