Left In The Dark As Canberra Flounders Over Support For Victorians Out Of Work
Hour of need for workers out of work
As Victoria records three new locally acquired Covid cases on Thursday, the Federal Government look to softening their position on support for Victorians out of work during the extended two-week lockdown.
A change of pace from earlier in the week, Josh Frydenberg declared on Thursday morning that there was “a need in Victoria for continued support” to families and businesses in their “hour of need”.
The Treasurer confirmed they are investigating an option to tweak a $1000 payment currently delivered to those affected by natural disasters, be extended to provide extra help to the Covid-hit state.
But the Victorian State Government are firmly opposed to this option they would be required to contribute up to half of the cost of the payment.
In the first phase of Victoria’s fourth lockdown the Andrew's government committed $460 million to a business’s support fund, but calls for income support for thousands of casual workers form the commonwealth, fell on deaf ears.
However, on Thursday Mr Frydenberg, indicated that the extension would change the government’s approach.
“We do recognise the pain the Victorians are now experiencing,”
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on ABC
Just three new covid infections for Victoria
Acting Premier James Merlino announced on Wednesday an almost doubling of the state government’s initial $250 million business-support package to help up to 90,000 businesses.
Mr Merlino said the state government would continue to lobby Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Mr Frydenberg for assistance.
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