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Peak unemployment bodies say raising jobseeker rate should take priority over lifting pension income test

Increasing the jobseeker rate should take priority over other welfare reforms including allowing aged pensioners to work more without having their payments reduced, peak unemployment bodies say.

Peak unemployment bodies say raising jobseeker rate should take priority over lifting pension income test
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A private member’s bill introduced by independent MP Rebekha Sharkie on Monday would increase the income test threshold for pensioners, permitting older Australians to work more hours before their payments were docked.

Sharkie argues getting seniors back to work could be key to alleviating major workforce shortages, including in the farming and manufacturing sectors.

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