Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison is currently being interviewed on the ABC’s Insiders program.
He’s asked about what Treasury modelling says will be the impact of cutting back JobSeeker and JobKeeper (government payments for those who have lost work or jobs). Morrison isn’t giving any specific answer despite being pushed. He says more than 400,000 jobs have come back and there will be more by Christmas, with Victoria bouncing back too.
“We’re moving forward with the budget... and there are a range of measures in the budget,” he says when asked again about Treasury modelling.
Asked again: “Treasury says we need to boost aggregate in demand in our economy and the full suite of measures to do that job and that’s what the Budget will [do]... You don’t have to hold on to every measure forever.”