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Labor’s candidate for Eden Monaro, Kristy McBain, has just done a Facebook live campaign catch-up/Q&A – the closest thing we can have to a town hall in the era of Covid-19 and physical distancing.
McBain took a question on the $1,100-a-fortnight jobseeker unemployment benefit from Guardian Australia.
The rate of Newstart is clearly inadequate to live off, $40 a day – I would challenge anybody to live off that. It is too low, it does prevent people getting back into the workforce and getting a job …
[On] jobseeker, we can’t just snap back. We can’t go back to business as usual. Everyone is feeling a bit uncertain at the moment and we need some certainty. We need the government to outline what will happen after September.
There were no new cases reported in Tasmania overnight, the premier Peter Gutwein told reporters earlier today.
But he warned residents not to become complacent, saying it would leave to a second wave of the virus.
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