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Treasurer defends ‘very substantial’ $3.57 a day JobSeeker boost

Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg was forced to defend a slight increase in unemployment allowances after welfare organizations and economists blamed the disastrous boost.

The permanent base rate for JobSeeker payments has been increased by $ 50 in two weeks, or just $ 3.57 per day.

Unemployed Australians and their allies describe the offering as a ruthless betrayal.

Frydenberg argued that the increase was “very substantial” and cut off the prospect of negotiating a more meaningful and ongoing boost to unemployment benefits.

“The government is providing a safety net to JobSeeker. No one is expected to pay indefinitely,” he told Nine Wednesday.

“The majority of people receive other supplementary payments.”

The government argues that unemployment allowances must be affordable and not discouraging to work at low wages.

It has linked an increase to a much stronger mutual obligation on JobSeeker recipients.

Employers are given a new hotline to dodge job seekers who decline jobs. Individuals can dock payments if they cannot provide a valid reason.

Welfare recipients are required to attend face-to-face meetings with employment agencies and apply for at least 15 jobs per month.

Those who have been using JobSeeker for more than 6 months must work at Doll or participate in a short course “Intensive Training” program.

-AAP

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