Industry calls for ‘HospoKeeper’ to replace JobKeeper


Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert has urged the federal government to continue to provide financial support for the hospitality industry after the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme ends in March.

Lambert has written to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan arguing the case for additional sector-specific support for hospitality workers.

Dubbed ‘HospoKeeper’, the wage subsidy would be available to accommodation and food services businesses that are ‘substantially affected’ by government-imposed coronavirus restriction, and would run for six months.

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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.