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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.
As COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift and borders begin to reopen, emergency payments and increased benefits introduced to mitigate economic and social damage are about to be wound back. Besides the economic impact, a return to pre-pandemic welfare income will plunge many back into poverty, argues Catherine Earl.
People anxious about having JobKeeper payments reduced or withdrawn are being urged to check their eligibility for the JobSeeker unemployment benefit.