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Mutual obligation suspension extension welcome as job seekers surge
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BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS

MEMBER FOR GORTON

LINDA BURNEY » MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

MEMBER FOR BARTON

SENATOR LOUISE PRATT

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MANUFACTURING

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MUTUAL OBLIGATION SUSPENSION EXTENSION WELCOME AS JOB

SEEKERS SURGE

In what is a confusing time, job seekers need clear and consistent

communication about their mutual obligation requirements.

Labor welcomes the decision to extend the suspension of mutual obligation

requirements for jobseekers until April 27, which follows calls from Labor.

We do note however, the decision was made far too late making it difficult for

job seekers to balance their health obligations and interactions with people as

well as their obligation to the government in order to receive payments to

support their families.

Across the country, we have seen large queues form outside « Centrelink »

shopfronts; myGov has crashed; and Australians are waiting hours on the

phone to speak to someone at « Centrelink » .

We urge the government to ensure that no one misses a payment while the

system struggles to keep up.

Whatever the future arrangements are, the requirements must be sufficient to

protect job seekers, « Centrelink » and job network staff.

Federal Labor understands the importance of vulnerable people maintaining

connections to society in times of emergency for their mental wellbeing.

In a time where job opportunities are scarce and will certainly become more

scarce over the coming weeks and months, we believe measures must be

taken that can help protect our community.

SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS:

ERIN SMITH (O’CONNOR) 0458 950 010

DARYL TAN ( « BURNEY ) 0422 028 222