Casual workers still slipping through cracks

Tasmanian Labor
  • Students, casuals, visa workers falling through cracks
  • Federal Government can still act to protect them
  • If Feds won’t act, State Government must protect Tasmanians
  • Too many Tasmanians are without support despite losing work as a result of COVID-19.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White said young Tasmanians had been particularly hard hit by the lack of support from the Federal Government.

    “Of particular concern are students who rely heavily on casual work to support themselves while they gain qualifications.

    “Labor has been contacted by students who have lost their employment but are not eligible for JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments.

    “These students have rent and bills to pay and now face the uncertainty of how they will afford to live because the Federal Government has overlooked them.

    “We can’t allow young people to fall through the cracks in this way.”

    Ms White said students, other casual workers, local government workers and visa holders were among the tens of thousands of Tasmanian workers who’ve been failed by the Federal Government.

    “The Federal Government had an opportunity to extend the same support and compassion to all Australians who’ve lost work as a result of COVID-19.

    “Instead it turned its back on casual workers and workers on temporary visas, arbitrarily excluding them from access to this safety net.

    “Legislation passed by Federal Parliament this month enacting the JobKeeper scheme includes discretion for the Federal Government to vary eligibility for the payments.

    “I again call on the Prime Minister to extend the JobKeeper program to groups that have so far been excluded.

    “And if Scott Morrison won’t act, I urge Peter Gutwein to protect Tasmanians where the Federal Government has failed to.”

    Rebecca White

    Labor Leader

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