In a letter to the Prime Minister, Federal Member for Macarthur Dr Mike Freelander MP has urged Scott Morrison to reconsider his decision to rule out bringing back JobKeeper, arguing that support is not available to many who need it.

“This lockdown is adversely affecting so many families and businesses locally. Far too many local residents are ineligible for the Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, and so many local businesses are tired of waiting for the NSW Government’s support package,” said Dr Freelander.

Dr Freelander has again called on the Federal Government to extend support to families and businesses affected by the Greater Sydney lockdown saying, “We need targeted support now – not in several weeks’ time.”

Under present arrangements a resident receiving financial support from the Government, such as a payment for fulfilling carers’ duties, is ineligible to receive a Disaster Payment – even if they have lost hours of work.

“Residents are falling through the cracks, and the Government must urgently broaden support to ensure this does not happen,” Dr Freelander said.

“We are unfortunately likely to continue to see lockdowns until the Government gets its immunisation and quarantine programs on track. The Government must therefore ensure support is available to businesses and families who continue to be affected by this lockdown.”