Cruel Frydenberg rules out JobSeeker lift

Yesterday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the ABC that his government would not lift the permanent rate of the JobSeeker unemployment benefit when the Coronavirus supplement expires in late March:

Frydenberg said the government had made a point during the pandemic of not baking in structural spending – spending that carries on in perpetuity.

Asked about the outlook for jobseeker after March, the treasurer said “every dollar we’ve spent through this crisis is a borrowed dollar” and he noted that thus far, “we haven’t built in structural spending for the longer term”…

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