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Push for more casual workers to receive JobKeeper payment

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Casual workers are set to access the Federal Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy as talks continue to pass the emergency measure through Parliament within days.

Casual workers are set to access the Federal Government's $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy as talks continue to pass the emergency measure through Parliament within days.

The JobKeeper payment will see workers laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic receive a fortnightly flat-rate payment of $1500.

It is available to full time and part-time workers as well as casuals who've been with one employer for at least a year.

Now the government is considering how to include 1 million more casual workers.

Discussions are being held with unions, who are also pushing for a change to that one-year limit. Attorney-General Christian Porter says he is listening to their concerns.

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Overnight, the government has changed the rules for charity workers. Not-for -profit groups are now eligible for the JobKeeper payment, if they can demonstrate a loss of 15 per cent.

The federal government is working overtime to make major changes to industrial laws so the legislation can be debated and passed on Wednesday. It hopes to have draft legislation ready by today.

Mr Porter says MPs face a huge task to pass the legislation in Federal Parliament amid the pandemic.

"With respect to the drafting of the JobKeeper payment system it is fair to say it is one of the most important drafting exercises post World War II," he said yesterday.

But millions of Aussie jobs depend on it going through, he warned.

"Six million Australian jobs depend on it. Next Wednesday, we are pushing $130 billion lifeboat out into the roughest economic seas Australia has ever had to see and people need to decide whether or not they want to help us push the boat out, but it is going out on Wednesday."

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-jobkeeper-casual-workers-extended-christian-porter/7376fdfb-64ee-4519-b1ef-acd76d06d913

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