I will literally need to basically eat 2 minute noodles or sandwiches as after all my expenses I will have approx $3 per week left.
I work for a licensed club, we are being rostered only for shifts that stay under the Jobkeeper amount – we are basically being told too bad, be thankful you have a job, we are expected to just as much work per shift, even though we have half the staff each shift. This is also causing fatigue and physical issues due to the additional stress.
I live in what is considered to be a remote regional area and there are no additional employment opportunities locally. My daily life has been impacted by the mental. financial and physical stress of the situation – I have prided myself on always having a job over my 30 year plus working life. I am now being told by the Federal government that I am not worthy of financial support – heaven help me if I get sick as I can’t afford to pay to go to the doctor (no bulk billing where I live) and I am not able to obtain a healthcare card even though I have basically taken a 40% pay cut since April 2020.
To say I am completely disillusioned with the lack of compassion with regards to the Federal Government would be putting it mildly. All political rhetoric has basically been based around metropolitan areas – with no regard for the country areas and the massive impact that the COVID situation has had here. My town has also been massively effected by the NSW border closure to Victoria – talk about kicking us when we are already on the ropes.
I’m tired, I’m stressed and I’m struggling – the cut to Jobkeeper just causes me more stress as I struggle to continue to survive, while not being able to feed myself properly just so I can keep a roof over my head and the electricity connected.