Macarthur MP says Jobkeeper cut will hurt local families

Macarthur MP says Jobkeeper cut will hurt local families

The end of the JobKeeper supplement is just weeks away and Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander is worried about how it will impact local families.

Dr Freelander believes ending the scheme now will rip vital support from 6159 workers and 2001 businesses in Macarthur.

He said the JobKeeper transition must be based on what's really going on in the local economy, 'not an arbitrary deadline at the end of March'.

"The Prime Minister's JobKeeper cuts risk leaving too many people in our community behind," Dr Freelander said.

"Our recovery from the deepest recession in a century risks being longer because Scott Morrison is pulling support from some sections of our local economy too quickly.

"Our community needs and deserves a comprehensive jobs plan to support local businesses and workers in the recovery."

JobKeeper was extended until March 28, 2021.

Dr Freelander said abolishing JobKeeper at the end of the month would impact more than one million workers and half a million businesses across the country, including thousands of working families in Macarthur.

"Labor pushed for wage subsidies in the first place because it was the right thing to do," he said.

"With more than two million Australians searching for a job or more hours, the Morrison Government has no real plan to grow our local economy.

"Instead, its cuts to JobKeeper, cuts to wages, and cuts to superannuation will make things worse, not better."