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Today, readers comment on SA’s testing rules, and cutting JobSeeker.

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Commenting on the story: Tougher SA restrictions after two new cases

I do not understand why we are letting people in to SA and then testing them.

Surely they should be tested prior to entering SA, as well as on arrival. – Diana Genders

Commenting on the story: Slashing Centrelink payment will increase poverty, hurt economy: SACOSS

I am on carers allowance for my daughter. My son is on youth allowance and he is a severe asthmatic.

We have had a rough year living in emergency housing, now in community housing. I’m grateful that my son gets the extra $550 a fortnight. He is able to pay for his medication some of which is not on PBS.

He is able to help me with the cost of living otherwise I would still be on struggle street, especially after losing my job late last year. – Wendy Turner

What about carers, pensioners, dsp and single mums? They’re all doing it hard, too. – Marisa Logozzo  

I am over 50 and since 2010 I have managed only two casual jobs, paying me between $150 to $300 per fortnight.

The only thing the second stimulus package has done right is raise casual earning from $100 free or four hours a fortnight, to $300 a fortnight or 12 hours for free until 50 cents in the dollar comes off JobSeeker payment for the next $250. 

This way we are nearly up with the pension, which is 15 hours for free until we all get penalised.

Please, government, raise casual earning to the same level as disability pension; 15 hours for free, and keep it that way. – Trevor Johnson

I’m glad JobSeeker is helping so many people feel more worthwhile and stressed free. But I’ve been on the Aged pension for the last five years and get $880 per fortnight.

How I wish I could be one of the lucky JobKeeper recipients. On checking Australian Govt/ Services Aust it states that single aged 60 or over who have been receiving payment for nine months or more can get $1175.17.

Please someone out there help us to have a better quality of life. – Laura Warren

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