South Australian Senator Simon Birmingham will become Finance Minister in the Morrison Government within weeks, replacing the retiring Matthias Cormann who will be Australia’s nomination for secretary-general of the Paris-based OECD.
A federal Liberal MP has called for “heat and pressure” to be applied to the jobless to make them harvest farm crops during a pandemic-induced labour shortage, saying that while “we can’t probably go to conscription”, the unemployed should be mobilised as if on a war footing.
The Federal Government is under pressure to stop cuts to the JobKeeper subsidy taking effect from Monday, slashing hundreds of dollars from the payments just days after the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement was cut by $300 a fortnight.
A new case of community COVID-19 transmission was detected in Sydney yesterday, hours after South Australia opened its border to New South Wales to welcome entry without the need to self-isolate or quarantine.
JobSeeker payments for more than one million unemployed Australians will be slashed by $300 a fortnight from tomorrow as coronavirus supplements are wound back – with reduced payments for the next few months to be worth an average $58 a day compared with $40 before the pandemic.
The New South Wales Premier says “thousands” of people have booked flights to Adelaide after South Australia opened its border to NSW overnight and ruled out the need to quarantine – but admits COVID-19 is still likely active in her state.