Backlash is expected from South Australia’s country-based welfare providers and supporters following today’s announcement of fortnightly JobSeeker payments lifted to just $50 from April 1.
The permanent move hits after the coronavirus supplement is removed next month.
To date there are about 1.2 million people on JobSeeker payments.
The “measly” $3.57 per day has already fired up the Australian Council of Social Service who referred to the federal government’s decision as “a heartless betrayal of millions”.
Chief executive officer Dr Cassandra Goldie believes the government has turned its back on those with the least, plunging people further into poverty.
“It’s a cruel decision that shows a complete lack of humanity and empathy,” Dr Goldie…