2. More generous payments for the unemployed.
Because of coronavirus, unemployed Australians now have more than $39 a day to live on.
It’s the first real increase we’ve seen to the Newstart allowance since 1994, “a staggering approach from a Government with a long, tough history on welfare,” Aly said.
As it stands, both JobKeeper and JobSeeker (the new-and-improved Newstart) will be reevaluated in six months, but The Project showed what a future with more generous welfare payments could look like.
“One of the gifts of COVID is the fact that we have government talking about how every job is important, how every individual is important, especially our vulnerable. That’s such a shift in the way we think,” Violete Roumeliotis, Settlement Services International CEO, told the program.
In other words, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s infamous catchphrase “you’ve got to have a…