All Victorians must have access to JobSeeker if they need it during lockdown

first_imgAll Victorians must have access to JobSeeker if they need it during lockdown The Australian Greens MPsThe Greens are calling on the Government to ensure all workers impacted by the snap Victoria lock down have urgent access to the JobSeeker payment.The Government ended JobKeeper much too early despite warnings of second and third waves,” Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.We know that casual workers, those in hospitality and services roles are the ones that will lose a week’s wage going into lockdown.Many people on low incomes in highly casualised sectors are already living from week to week and missing a week’s pay has a huge impact.The Government needs to take responsibility and ensure that people who won’t be able to go to work this week and who won’t get their pay can call up Centrelink and be granted an emergency JobSeeker payment, with the waiting period waived, for the period of the lockdown.There also needs to be support provided to small businesses.It’s outrageous that those who can least afford it have to bear the brunt of the costs because the Federal Government has fundamentally messed up the vaccine rollout and failed to get quarantine facilities up to standard. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, community, community services, Emergency, Family, Federal, federal government, Government, Impact, JobKeeper, JobSeeker, lockdown, missing, quarantine, Small Business, vaccine, Victorialast_img read more