Minister rules out budget welfare decision

Tuesday’s federal budget will not provide any relief for people anxious about the future of JobSeeker payments.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said unemployed Australians would need to wait a little longer for the government to make a decision about the rate of the dole.

“We have already said that the ongoing arrangements in relation to JobSeeker payments will be announced later this year,” Senator Cormann told ABC radio on Monday.

“We will be making those decisions after we have had the opportunity to further assess how the economy recovers and how many people and to what extent people are able to get back into work.”

The coronavirus supplement paid to people on JobSeeker is due to end on December 31.

Unless the government intervenes, the dole will then return to its pre-pandemic rate of just $40 a day.

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