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Increased JobSeeker payment announcement expected

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The Morrison Government is tipped to announce a modest boost to fortnightly JobSeeker payments once coronavirus supplements are scrapped – but the increase is expected to be paired with stricter mutual obligation requirements.

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The current supplement, worth $150 a fortnight, is due to end on March 31.

Without government intervention the unemployment benefit would return to its pre-pandemic rate of $565 a fortnight, or just $40 a day.

Senior ministers have held a series of meetings to determine a new permanent JobSeeker rate.

The new welfare rate is expected to be taken to the coalition partyroom in Canberra on Tuesday and announced…



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