JobKeeper and JobSeeker “come at a very significant cost” says PM
The federal government’s economic stimulus was always a short term arrangement which the government seeks to end as soon as easing restrictions mean people are back at work or reemployed.
“I want them to be back in their jobs, where they don’t need it,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said responding to a question about whether the payments will extend for another six months.
“That’s what we want. I mean, people don’t want to be on JobKeeper and JobSeeker. They want to be in a job that’s paying them. And that’s what this plan is about.
“Not to keep people on income support from the taxpayer, but to have a wage that’s provided by a business that’s successful and earning again and going forward and creating a strong economy. That’s what the lifeline is for, to get people to that point. That’s what we’re aiming towards.”
The PM stressed that the stimulus was always meant to be temporary. “There’s another payment to be made in July, a repeat of the $750 made a few weeks ago. That’s factored in as a stimulus.
“The JobKeeper and the JobSeeker program have a legislative life. I say it was our objective to grow the economy and get people back into jobs, making sure that people are supported by the economy, and not the taxpayer, as quickly as possible. There’s a review into JobKeeper to be done at the end of June. We’ll take that one step at a time.
“I need to stress again that was a temporary lifeline put in place to help Australians through the worst of this crisis, it comes at a very significant cost. Not just to current but to future generations as well. And it will be there to get us, to meet that objective, but it’s not envisaged to be a longer term arrangement.”