Victoria enters lockdown weekend, New South Wales and Queensland borders restricted, Australia’s death toll hits 266

Victoria enters lockdown weekend, New South Wales and Queensland borders restricted, Australia’s death toll hits 266

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Premier Daniel Andrews says action on insecure work must be a feature of Victoria’s economic recovery from the COVID crisis, with 1.5 million Victorians expected to be reliant on the federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy by the end of September.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg predicted on Friday that nearly half of Victoria’s private sector workers would soon be reliant on the payment as he announced changes that will allow another 530,000 workers stood down from their jobs to claim JobKeeper.

Matt Lanigan, owner of The Lucky Penny cafe in South Yarra, says without JobKeeper his business would have shut down.Credit:Simon Schluter

With more than $13 billion of the additional $15.6 billion pledged to JobKeeper by the Commonwealth on Friday set to flow to Victorian workers, Mr Andrews said he was grateful to the Prime Minister and Mr Frydenberg for the additional support.

“I’ve always been very clear about how critical JobKeeper and the adjusted rate of JobSeeker [is] and I’m sure businesses, workers and certainly our government, me personally, we are very grateful for that,” the Premier said.

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