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18 December, 2020

Federal MP for Flynn wants Australians off the dole and back at work

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’ Dowd wants those on Centrelink and COVID 19 benefits back in the work force and contributing to the economy.

Several small business owners in Emerald have complained about struggling to get employees for their takeaway shops stating that they believed it was easier for some of the unemployed to survive on Centrelink payments boosted by COVID 19 supplements than to seek employment.

However, Mr O’ Dowd said the temporary boost to Centrelink payments was necessary as a temporary measure.

“While we will continue to provide the temporary, targeted support needed to assist Australians through this pandemic, our values will remain the same,” said Mr O’ Dowd.

“We want to get Australians off welfare and back into work.

“The whole focus on Jobkeeper and Jobseeker was to get the economy moving.”

He said it was important the social security system targeted the people most in need and was sustainable into the future. 

“Targeting and tapering those temporary measures was appropriate as we work to get to the other side of this pandemic,” said Mr O’ Dowd.

“The Government will continue to pay the Coronavirus Supplement to eligible income support recipients until December 31.

“The amount of the supplement will be adjusted to reflect the gradually improving economic and labour market conditions,” the Flynn MP said.

Around 10,658 individuals in Flynn received the Coronavirus Supplement, which was added to JobSeeker to provide additional support through this crisis.

The Government’s JobKeeper payment had supported 3,400 businesses in Flynn, helping them through the pandemic and keeping them connected to their employees, Mr O’ Dowd said.

The Cashflow boost helped around 4,100 small and medium businesses providing payments to help businesses in Flynn to stay afloat, he added.

He said around 62,000 taxpayers in Flynn would also benefit from tax relief of up to $2,745 this year, as a result of the Government’s tax relief measures which had already been approved by Parliament.

“To support new investment and increase business cash flow, the Government is providing a temporary tax incentive that will allow around 17,200 businesses in Flynn to write off the full value of any eligible asset they purchase,” said Mr O’ Dowd.

“This will build on the Government’s successful Instant Asset Write Off measure announced earlier in the year,” he said.

In regards to future plans to strengthen the Central Highlands economy the Flynn MP said he believed a strong manufacturing sector was crucial to creating and supporting new jobs.

“Increased spending on infrastructure in the Central Highlands will increase jobs,” said Mr O’ Dowd.

Supporting the coal industry, investing money in the health and education systems, injecting money into drought resilience programs and building dams were all important he explained.

“When you boost an economy you will boost jobs.”




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