Werriwa Matters with Anne Stanley: Cutting Jobkeeper puts people at risk

SUPPORT: Many businesses have stayed afloat and kept the relationship with their workers because of JobKeeper, a policy that Labor first suggested then supported. Picture: Simon Bennett

SUPPORT: Many businesses have stayed afloat and kept the relationship with their workers because of JobKeeper, a policy that Labor first suggested then supported. Picture: Simon Bennett

JobKeeper will end next week, withdrawing vital support for over 2,000 businesses in Werriwa. This will put almost 7,000 workers in our community at risk of losing their jobs.

The Government knows full well that taking this vital support away will leave thousands out of a job with no plan to get people into good, secure jobs. Services Australia is already running advertisements asking people to sign up to JobSeeker early, to avoid the long lines we saw this time last year.

It is estimated that up to 150,000 Australians will need the support of JobSeeker. Further unemployment and reduced support for struggling businesses and Australian families is not our way out of the Pandemic and to economy recovery.

Many businesses have stayed afloat and kept the relationship with their workers because of JobKeeper, a policy that Labor first suggested then supported.

Others like Crown, Harvey Norman and Accent Group have unfairly profited and paid large bonuses. This poorly targeted money could have seen the program extended for another 6 months.

Any support in the economy should be tailored and respond to the current circumstances. Parts of Australia, including our own region, are still struggling and can't be left behind.

Australian workers, industries and businesses need support and the Government needs to provide certainty now.