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Govt defends ‘miserable’ $3.57 a day JobSeeker rise



The Morrison Government has come under fire for its “really miserable” $25 a week increase to the JobSeeker unemployment payment, which it defends as “comprehensive” and “targeted” towards getting people into paid work.

SA senator and Social Services minister Anne Ruston. Photo: AAP/Lukas Coch

The government yesterday announced the base rate JobSeeker payment would be permanently lifted by $50 a fortnight from April 1 – the first increase in real terms for 25 years.

A single JobSeeker with no children currently receives a fortnightly payment of $715.70, which includes the $150 coronavirus supplement, and was set to return to $565.70.


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