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48      National economic plan

Senator Gallacher, at the request of Senator Gallagher and pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 709—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    more than 5 million Australians and their families are relying on government assistance to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic,

(ii)                  JobKeeper and the increase to JobSeeker are set to expire at the end of September, and

(iii)                more than $250 billion in deferred loans for mortgages and business are also due to expire at the end of September; and

(b)              calls on the Government to outline a national economic plan that:

(i)                    prevents millions of Australians being ‘snapped-back’ to unemployment, poverty and insecure jobs at the end of September, 

(ii)                  has job creation and skills development at the centre, and

(iii)                ensures that ongoing government investment is targeted to lift Australia out of its first recession in 29 years.

At 5.30 pm : Debate was interrupted while Senator Siewert was speaking.