Bruce Bradbury

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You might be surprised to know that many unemployed Australians are not on unemployment benefits. And then came COVID – which saw a big shift in how many people were able and willing to claim.

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Even with the latest small increase, JobSeeker remains low by overseas standards – and, on one measure, it’s the lowest in the OECD.

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Any permanent increase is welcome, but there's a long way to go.

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New analysis shows there is considerable scope to increase JobSeeker payments before they might hinder people's motivation to find paid work.

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A new report by UNSW Sydney and ACOSS provides a baseline to measure the pandemic’s impact on an already widening income and wealth gap.

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UNSW and ACOSS report provides a baseline to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty in Australia.

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Almost 37% of Australian workers do not have paid sick leave. We need to fix this if we want people not to turn up to work when sick during the coronavirus pandemic.

Centrelink

Australia's unemployment benefits are now middle of the pack, but the package treats two-income couples badly.

Social protection and the viral recession

So far, Australia’s help for people displaced, self-isolating or ill has been far from generous.

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One quarter of Australian workers have no paid sick leave. They are more likely than most to work in service industries, dealing with people face to face.

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