JobSeeker drags people into poverty, but the government could fix this today

featuring Greg Jericho
Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers arrives during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 19, 2024
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Budgets are about choices – and successive governments have chosen to punish jobseekers, says Greg Jericho.

JobSeeker unemployment payments are “seriously inadequate” according to the government’s Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee. But why has their value fallen so far behind the aged pension? And with budget night fast approaching, will the government choose to fix a broken system – or do its priorities lie elsewhere?

Greg Jericho is Chief Economist at the Australia Institute and the Centre for Future Work and popular columnist of Grogonomics with Guardian Australia. Each week on Dollars & Sense, Greg dives into the latest economic figures to explain what they can tell us about what’s happening in the economy, how it will impact you and where things are headed.

Host: Greg Jericho, Chief Economist, the Australia Institute and Centre for Future Work // @GrogsGamut

Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

Additional editing: Emily Perkins

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