‘Pulling the rug out’: 27,000 Brisbane businesses face snap lockdown without jobkeeper

‘Pulling the rug out’: 27,000 Brisbane businesses face snap lockdown without jobkeeper

The Guardian

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Wage subsidy’s withdrawal before latest Covid shutdown could be ‘final blow’ for businesses that struggled to survive past year, industry says

Brisbane’s snap three-day lockdown could have crushing consequences for the area’s tourism and hospitality sectors, which face it without jobkeeper payments to fall back on.

The $90bn wage subsidy scheme came to an end on Sunday. Based on Treasury postcode data, about 27,636 businesses and not-for-profits in the greater Brisbane area were receiving payments in January 2021. Brisbane’s lockdown, which curtailed all non-essential activity outside the home from 5pm Monday, was announced just a day after the scheme ended.

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