Thursday, October 21, 2021

Australian treasurer to end support payments, puts pressure on states to open

The Australian federal government will pull back business and personal support payments once key vaccination milestones are reached, a move that allows state and territory leaders to ease their jurisdictions every time COVID-19 cases are reported. might be forced to do.

On September 29, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg outlined a plan that would eliminate billions of federal cash aid once 70 percent of the population over 16 and 80 were vaccinated.

“These COVID disaster payments, these business assistance payments are emergency payments and we cannot keep them going forever,” he said in a statement.

“Nor can we continue the lockdown forever. If you look abroad, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States—countries are starting to live with COVID. “

Currently, COVID-19 disaster payouts offer $750 per week to individuals who have lost more than 20 hours of work each week due to government-mandated restrictions.

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A woman walks on a quiet street in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia, on August 11, 2021. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

A $450 per week payout is available to those who lost between eight and 20 hours of work per week, while those on income support and those who lost eight hours of work per week can use a $200 weekly pay Huh.

These payments will be adjusted at each vaccination threshold.

Once a state or territory’s population reaches the 70 percent double-dose vaccination target, workers must reapply each week for pay and prove they are eligible.

At the 80 percent mark, payments will be “stepped down” over a two-week period before it expires.

In the first week, a flat pay of $450 will be available for those who have lost more than eight hours of work, while receiving $100 on income support.

In the second week, for those who lost more than eight hours of work, pay would be brought down to $320 a week, in line with Jobseeker.

Currently, 1.5 million Australians under lockdown in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory are receiving payments.

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Australian Council of Social Services CEO Cassandra Goldie said there was a huge hole in income support payments for those hardest hit by the pandemic.

“When the government is not ensuring safe vaccination rates, it is unconscionable to cut payments to people on low pay,” she told the AAP.

Senior Labor member Tanya Plibersek was concerned that support could be withdrawn from areas that are still under sanctions.

“We don’t want support from those areas to be withdrawn too quickly,” she told Sky News on September 29.

Federal trade assistance payments co-funded under agreements to be settled with states and territories will also be reduced.

The Treasurer also outlined possible ongoing support for selected industries most affected by the lockdown and border closures, including hospitality and tourism.

The latest announcement comes as New South Wales – which is grappling with the ongoing spread of the delta version of COVID-19 – toward 70 and 80 percent vaccination targets, which the state calls “freedom” for vaccinated individuals. “Will open.

It is also the first jurisdiction to set an official “independence” date on 1 December, in which all restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated Australians will be lifted.

In response, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has been reluctant to commit to an open date.

“I would say no to people, just wait five weeks and you’ll have all the freedoms. No, it’s not a guarantee here at all,” he told reporters on September 29.

States with low COVID-19 infection rates, Queensland, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia, in the meantime will continue to push for increasing vaccination rates.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison expects international borders to reopen around Christmas.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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