Morrison’s meagre jobseeker rise is a political fix that only tightens the screws on the unemployed | Rick Morton

Morrison’s meagre jobseeker rise is a political fix that only tightens the screws on the unemployed | Rick Morton

The Guardian

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The Morrison government will consider the political issue solved and brand as ungrateful anyone who dares question it

The strategy behind the federal government’s increase to the jobseeker payment is crystal clear: Scott Morrison will say he is the first leader in almost 30 years to increase the rate of welfare for unemployed people. Never mind that it is only by less than $3.60 per day. Damned if it keeps people in poverty; too bad that it won’t even recover lost ground since the payment was decoupled from (flat) wages growth in 1997.

Already, the new figure represents a $100 per fortnight cut in the rate, as the coronavirus supplement of $150 is due to end on 31 March.

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