JobKeeper legislation passes the House of Representatives

JobKeeper legislation passes the House of Representatives

The Federal Government's landmark $130 billion JobKeeper stimulus package has been passed in the Lower House of Parliament.

The Bill will now be handed to the Federal Senate where it is also likely to be passed.

The JobKeeper legislation will guarantee around 6,000,000 Australians out of work because of Covid-19 will receive a fortnightly payment of $1,500.

During today's proceedings in the House of Representatives Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers criticised the Government's proposed Bill for excluding the many Australians left behind by the JobKeeper program.

Namely, the Labor party were concerned that as many as 1.1 million casual employees who had not been working for their current employer for more than 12 months would be left out of the package.

"We want the government to get the policy settings right, our nation simply cannot afford the alternative," said Albanese.

The JobKeeper payments will not begin flowing into employees' pockets until the beginning of May 2020.

Updated at 4:59PM AEST on 8 April 2020.

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