Axing coronavirus welfare payment forecast to plunge 155,000 Australians into poverty

Axing coronavirus welfare payment forecast to plunge 155,000 Australians into poverty

The Guardian

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Modelling estimates reduction will push 18,000 children below the poverty line

An estimated 155,000 people in Australia will be plunged into poverty this week when the pandemic boost to welfare payments expires, according to new modelling.

While the government will introduce a $50 a fortnight permanent increase to the base rate of jobseeker, student and parenting payments from 1 April, it is scrapping the $150 a fortnight coronavirus supplement at the same time.

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