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Unemployed Australians could be receiving a permanent $100 a week boost to their dole payments to encourage people to spend more, if a think tank has its way

by Zella Daluz (2020-07-19)


Unemployed Australians could be receiving a permanent $100 a week boost to their dole payments to encourage people to spend more, if a think tank has its way.

Since April 27, the JobSeeker benefit has been temporarily doubled from the old Newstart rate of $565.70 a fortnight to $1,115.70, with a $550 coronavirus supplement.

With that short-term boost ending in September, the Grattan Institute is calling for a permanent $100 a week increase.

This would take JobSeeker payments to $765.70 a fortnight.

It estimated this policy would cost $2billion in 2021-21 and Tour Quế Lâm từ Hà Nội $8billion in 2021-22, marking the first permanent increase in the dole beyond inflation since 1994.

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Unemployed Australians could be receiving a permanent $100 a week boost to their dole payments to encourage people to spend more, if the Grattan Institute think tank had its way.

Since April 27, the JobSeeker benefit has been temporarily doubled from the old Newstart rate of $565.70 a fortnight to $1,115.70, with a $550 coronavirus supplement. Pictured is a March Centrelink queue in March

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Social Services Minister Anne Ruston, Tour Quế Lâm từ Hà Nội who is in charge of Centrelink, on Sunday ruled out a less generous $75 a week increase.