September 28, 2020

Melissa

My name is Melissa. When JobKeeper ends, this is how I will be impacted: I will go from having enough income to survive with 3 children, to having to decide what bill won’t be paid so I can feed them. I’ve withdrawn super, I’ve cut off all non-necessities, I’m budgeting every cent already. I’ve applied for over 100 jobs- it’s not easy to get another job when over a million other people are all doing the same thing. I have worked and paid tax for 20 years, this is the first time I find myself needing help and it’s a terrifying place to be. Thousands of us need jobkeeper to continue in order to survive. Visa holders must be included- their situation is even worse than ours and they contribute in meaningful ways to this economy. Don’t leave them to starve. Don’t forget about us. We work, we vote and we need help to get through this hard time in our lives. We won’t survive without it.
September 28, 2020

Alija

I will not be able to support my children, mother and myself. The job keeper has allowed me to take needed time off work if I or my children are sick. It has given me security in times when everything is changing so rapidly. It is one thing I haven’t had to worry about and been able to focus my attention on my children’s schooling, health and wellbeing.
September 28, 2020

Rani

In mid March my bartending shifts dried up, I didn’t know how long the pandemic would last or how I would make money to pay rent and support myself. I decided to ask for a rent reduction, it was refused by my property manager, I was told to get centrelink. I had to move out of the flat I shared with two other people in and move in with my sister to save money. I have now found a much more affordable house further from the city, with jobkeeper I can pay rent, groceries and weather the unexpected expenses that keep appearing related to day to day living in a pandemic. I am extremely concerned about the reduction to Jobkeeper and Jobseeker, as well as the inadequate supplement to those on student and disability payments. I have been fully stood dawn for months. I have applied for 57 jobs and received no response. How are we supposed to work or attain a second job when no one is hiring? Keep and extend the Jobkeeper and Jobseeker rates we are all doing our best to look after each other and prevent the spread of Covid19, the very least our government can do is support us to prevent further infections
September 28, 2020

Patrick

I am still required to pay rent, I was barely able to pay it before with the $1500 jobkeeper fund. Along with enough money for food and bills along with medicine that I require due to my history of heart condition.
September 28, 2020

Darren

I’m currently trying to pay off a mortgage before getting enough super for retirement. We are a single income family and under the current jobkeeper scheme we have been losing about $500 a month on the mortgage balance. Under the new scheme after September this will increase to about $1,000 a month and that is living on the bare essentials as we are staying home and going nowhere. This is obviously not sustainable and we have no idea when hospitality will be able to get back to work. There is a lot of anxiety over this situation as we don’t want to ultimately lose a house and need job security.
September 28, 2020

David

To put it simply, jobkeeper has given me a little breathing room to keep my head above water with my ongoing mental health issues. I’ll go from being able to comfortably feed and house myself to scrapping rent together week after week, and that financial stress might break me. I’m scared.
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