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- Budget to focus on jobs and economic recovery, Josh Frydenberg says
So for those struggling to follow, or just joining us, here is the long and short of it:
The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has made it clear there will be no “sharp turns towards austerity” just yet.
Frydenberg has discussed the end of Jobkeeper:
that is why we moved from economy wide support like JobKeeper, which we always said was an emergency temporary payment. We tapered down and brought in a second amended it as we said we would up to 12 months. Others were saying the sky was going to fall in and it needed to be continued as a cost of more than $2 billion a month and we held firm*.
In that firmness has been good for the Budget, and good the economy, also good for the Labour market because it means a more efficient movement of workers to more productive roles across the economy.