Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Morrison Government to keep the higher rate of JobSeeker and Youth Allowance.
From this week the $550 Coronavirus supplement is added to JobSeeker and Youth Allowance payments.
“The introduction of this fortnightly boost is a clear sign the government recognises the rate was previously too low,” Chesters said.
Before today, the maximum fortnightly rate was $567.70 for JobSeeker (Newstart) and $462.50 for Youth Allowance.
The new rate will only apply for up to six months.
After this point everyone on these payments, including people who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis, will drop back to the lower rate.
“This is just unfair,” Chesters said.