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Should the Jobseeker rate be permanently increased from $40/day when this amount is not enough to live on?

By Grace . Created on 10 Nov, 2020
Not all unemployed people drink, smoke or take drugs. Not all people can move to the country to take-up part time fruit picking or agricultural positions. Jobseeker payment has had the Covid payment extended until March making the payment $51/day. At present, there is 1 job for every 106 people. Cassandra Goldie from ACOSS and businesses have been talking with the Government to increase this payment for 2 million people and 1 million children who will be struggling. The millions of people who have found themselves out of work did not wish this upon themselves. It's a terrible sign that this Government will give a tax cut to high end earners of $1,100/year when the poorest in our community are lucky to pay rent, electrcity or put food on the table.
Current Affairs 80 votes | 11 Comments
YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER

YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER

NO - GET A JOB

NO - GET A JOB

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YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER
Tushfifi said 3 weeks ago
We need better support/strategies to develop the capacity for the cohort of older, school leavers, people with disabilities and people in regional areas to gain meaningful and secure employment. Casual, harvest and ‘gig’ jobs are okay when you are studying or as a stopgap but not enough to raise a family and provide for your old age. I believe the majority of people nationally on jobseeker would prefer a decent j...
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YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER
Capfantastic said 3 weeks ago
We should keep the higher jobseeker rate but also be providing training for the jobs of the future so that eventually it will be possible to enter the workforce.
YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER
akaaminah said 3 weeks ago
Genuinely using it to survive and care for my children and it's still isn't sufficient with the supplement with the price increases on basics matching what ever bonus we have enjoyed,. As it decreases, I I am certain that the absence of the extra money is going to leave me in a less stable financial position then before covid and the bonuses. PLEASE KEEP IT OR DECREASE THE PRICE OF LIVING FOR AVERAGE FAMIL...
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YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER
Yvette Morrison said 3 weeks ago
Should be a separate Jobseeker payment equal to the pension for people over 55, who have virtually no hope of getting a sustainable job.
YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER
West Swan said 3 weeks ago
While I do agree with Ian an Mrs (I usually do) I do not think Job Seeker should completely go back to the pre Covid rate. Just as an example I was on Newstart for 2 years following spinal fusions and other surgeries. Technically it was sickness benefits but it was exactly the same rate as Newstart. I could not work which was e...
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NO - GET A JOB
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
As usual you are making lots of sense my friend. Keep well.
Johnson said 3 weeks ago
not all jobs are equal...some people are suitable to work in the field while others are not and they get sick ...so i think looking for a job and getting a job is not all about forcing people to work on a job that is not suitable for them coz if that is so ...then it defeats the purpose of why we are looking for a job in the first place....to get on living and have a decent life and not dying .......The Jobseeker...
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NO - GET A JOB
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
Jobs that are suited to people abilities indeed. Some people should be picking fruit not sitting in an office and vice versa. Just as training people for jobs that don't exist, or they are not able to do is silly.
YES - INCREASE JOBSEEKER
Christina said 3 weeks ago
Not everyone is capable of getting a job for various reasons but those who can work and can get a job should.
NO - GET A JOB
Patricia said 3 weeks ago
Well said Ian, lots of seasonal jobs out there and if no one does these jobs then we all have to start paying high costs on fruit and vegetables