Sky News host Peta Credlin says the government’s announcement of the new ‘JobKeeper’ payment is “a one-size-fits all so called ‘wage’ (which) sounds pretty close to a form of socialism”.
The unprecedented $130 billion will provide businesses – whose turnover has decreased by at least 30 per cent – with a wage subsidy for employees of $1,500 per employee.
Ms Credlin said the package was not a wage payment just because it is “marginally more than the beefed-up dole” of the coronavirus supplement, paid to employers via their employer rather than through Centrelink.
“It’s only a wage payment if it is calculated off what people actually earn, the money they usually bring home to pay the bills”.
“If government policy is forcing people not to work, it must be government policy to keep them paid until the government allows them to work again”.
Ms Credlin said the government must ensure the “economic consequences” of the virus are not “worse than the health consequences”.
“This will end, it will end, and we can’t get through the pandemic only to find an economic wasteland”.