Virgin Australia pauses trading after plea for $1.4 billion government bailout
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has refused to commit the federal government to bailing out struggling airline Virgin Australia amid reports it's seeking $1.4 billion amid the coronavirus.The announcement comes as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg refused to commit the Federal Government to bailing out the struggling airline.
Many expectant mothers have fallen through the cracks of the government's new payment schemes for those who have lost their jobs.
Amy Punsuwan was planning to work until her new baby arrived in October but lost her job in hospitality when pubs and clubs closed.
Now she has discovered she's ineligible for paid parental leave.
"It's a lot of big financial stress for my family, it's pretty disheartening to know that we're only going to be able to live on one income," she told 9News.
Push for more casual workers to receive JobKeeper payment
Casual workers are set to access the Federal Government's $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy as talks continue to pass the emergency measure through Parliament within days. The JobKeeper payment will see workers laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic receive a fortnightly flat-rate payment of $1500.It is available to full time and part-time workers as well as casuals who've been with one employer for at least a year.Now the government is considering how to include 1 million more casual workers.
Similarly, self-employed photographer Laura Hurley is due to give birth to her fourth child in August.
In pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Australia
Members of the congregation look on at a service held in the yard of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, with seating observant of social distancing in Sydney on March 22. Churches across Sydney have opted to suspend services or hold them outdoors after further measures were introduced on Friday limiting the number of people inside a venue to one every four square meters in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra on March 22. He announced the second federal stimulus package of $66 billion worth of measures for the coronavirus-hit economy.
An empty Bankwest Stadium, shuttered from fans due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, is pictured during the round 24 A-League football match between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on March 21.
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A general view of North Sydney Olympic Pool is seen in Sydney on March 20, 2020.
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A lone tourist poses for a photo in Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections.
A member of the orchestra of Opera Australia performs in Sydney on March 19. Musicians performed with their instruments to call on the company to reconsider its decision to stand down musicians without pay, and for the federal government to provide emergency financial support to the performing arts sector devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Shoppers line the aisles at Costco Perth in Perth on March 19. The store, which is the first Costco in Western Australia, is limiting toilet paper purchases to one packet per customer, in response to panic buying across Australia as fears over the COVID-19 pandemic grow.
New parents who have been stood down during the coronavirus pandemic can retain their eligibility for the governments paid parental leave scheme by allowing the JobKeeper payment to qualify for work for the purposes of paid parental leave work test.
So those eligible for JobSeeker, will be still be able to claim parental payments under the bill being pushed through parliament.
But that does not apply to people who are made redundant or sole-traders.
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