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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says changes to JobSeeker will be unveiled before end of March

Broadcaster Michael McLaren says the federal government would be ‘well advised’ to seize the moment and announce a permanent boost to the base rate of JobSeeker.

Broadcaster Michael McLaren says the federal government would be ‘well advised’ to seize the moment and announce a permanent boost to the base rate of JobSeeker….

Josh Frydenberg has refused to be drawn on a report that the dole will be rolled into a single payment for all unemployed Australians, junking multiple supplements and subsidies.

The $150-a-fortnight coronavirus supplement for eligible welfare recipients will end in late March, prompting fears that unemployed Australians will be forced to again live on $40 a day.

However, The Australian reports that a significant reform package that would leave the unemployed ‘better off’ was pitched to partner an increase in JobSeeker at a government expenditure review committee meeting last week.

When asked about the proposal on Monday, the Treasurer remained tight-lipped.

“I’m not going to speculate on the speculation,” Mr Frydenberg told Today. Read from source….