Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria records 70 new cases and five deaths while Senate passes jobkeeper 2.0

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So there you go.

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The Labor MP Ed Husic is appearing on the ABC, asking his party to start drawing a firmer line on what can and can’t be done on jobkeeper.

I think we need to get these decisions made right in an environment where the economy is still – I mean, clearly, the most obvious statement I can make is that it is not in great shape, given it is in one of the worst recessions or the first recession for 30 years, deepest one for quite some time, and you would want to be careful about pulling out support for people at that point in time.

I listened to question time where the government waxed lyrical about jobkeeper, like they’ve got to convince us.

I think we’ve got to draw a line at some point and say, “No!” We tried to do the right thing, when the pandemic was at its worst, for example, early on, and the government lumped in all these things, including the super changes, and we said at the time, “We are not going to stop this but we are very worried about the way it is all going.”

Now we’ve seen 600,000 Australians – 600,000 Australians have completely drained their super accounts because of the way that this scheme has been set up. The fraud that we’ve seen occur, the criminal activity that we’ve seen occur with superannuation, because all of this legislation is jammed in together on a “take it or leave it” basis, and Labor will have to start digging its heels in and say, “No, go back to the drawing board.”

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