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JobSeeker: Will the rate be raised? | The Canberra Times




Staring down the barrel of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the federal government did what many had been urging it to do for years – raise the rate of the unemployment payment. The old Newstart was effectively doubled, boosting income support to those already on the dole as well as helping to cushion the fall for the hundreds of thousands of people forced out of work by the coronavirus-induced lockdown. But with the temporary supplement due to end in little over a month, the Morrison government is again weighing up the future of support for unemployed Australians. Will JobSeeker be cut back to $40-per-day? Could Australia’s welfare payment system be set for a wider overhaul? On the eve of…

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