Senate debates

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020, Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020; Second Reading

7:59 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move the second reading amendment on sheet 8950:

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that the Government's proposed eligibility rules for the JobKeeper payment exclude millions of workers; and

(b) calls on the Government to extend access to the JobKeeper payment to everyone who needs it, including:

  (i) over 1 million casual workers who have worked for their current employer for less than 12 months,

  (ii) everyone who relies on insecure, short-term, contract and gig-economy work,

  (iii) people on temporary visas, including work, skilled, protection, student, and non-protected special category visas, many of whom are also ineligible for Medicare,

  (iv) universities and their highly insecure and casualised workforces who are crucial to our recovery from this crisis and deserve full access to JobKeeper, and

  (v) charities that largely rely on government grants and specific purpose funding and will not meet the 15 per cent threshold as a result".


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