Senate debates

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Income Support Payments

3:04 pm

Photo of Linda ReynoldsLinda Reynolds (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Government Services) Share this | Hansard source

I just completely reject the premise of that question. It's been very interesting. Labor have been deliberately conflating the repayment of JobKeeper payments that were due back from businesses, in terms of compliance activities, with those for individuals. The fact is, as I've just said, $296 million has been identified in overpayments to businesses, and $185 million has been recovered from businesses so far.

While I'm at it, you might like to also ask Labor. Unions received $22 million worth of JobKeeper, and I bet you not a single cent of that has been repaid. In fact, $7.4 million of the unions' JobKeeper money went straight to the Labor Party. How about asking them about the unions and their payments that they would have received from JobKeeper?


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