The temporary welfare state

the political economy of job keeper, job seeker and 'snap back'

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The Coalition Government's response to the COVID crisis appears, at least temporarily, to have upended political economic certainties. Having only recently won an election fighting for lowers taxes and less spending, the Government announced the unemployment benefit would (temporarily) be doubled through a new JobSeeker payment. In amidst a renewed attempt to pass anti-union legislation, Coalition Ministers now lined up to praise ACTU Secretary Sally MacManus, who in turn praised the Government for implementing JobKeeper, a version of the union's call for a wage subsidy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Australian Political Economy
Issue number85
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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