House debates

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Questions without Notice

JobKeeper Payment

3:03 pm

Photo of Andrew LeighAndrew Leigh (Fenner, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. How much of the taxpayer money used to fund JobKeeper has been spent on executive bonuses?

Photo of Josh FrydenbergJosh Frydenberg (Kooyong, Liberal Party, Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

What has the member for Fenner got against profitable companies and what has he got against JobKeeper? Decisions by businesses about remuneration are matters for them. This side of the parliament supported the JobKeeper payment because it was an economic lifeline to Australians. Those opposite purported to support the JobKeeper payment. We know, from the RBA, that it helped support and save more than 700,000 jobs. We know that JobKeeper has been an economic lifeline. We know it's coming to an end, and we know that those opposite always want to take an each-way bet.