Getting to know Anne Ruston....and what drives her !

24th Feb 2021

About 1.2 million unemployed Australians on the JobSeeker payment will receive an extra $3.57 a day, or $50 a fortnight- well below the $25 a day increase called for by the Australian Council of Social Service.

ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie said JobSeeker recipients are struggling to afford rent, food, medication, and bills even with the coronavirus supplement, which took the fortnightly payment to $715.70.

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the package of measures was “clearly about getting the balance right and the most important thing that we can do is to provide people with access to jobs, so we need to make sure that the economy is providing those jobs."

This interview with Minister Anne Ruston was recorded last year during a visit to the Northern Territory to promote the cashless debit card.