Struggling businesses need empathy from their government.
A one size fits all approach was convenient at the start of the support scheme's implementation, but closing the door to a payment scheme that has helped more than three million Australian workers and their families throughout the most difficult economic climate of the past 90 years or so will not serve workers, or our nation, best.
We all remember how quickly the pandemic transformed from something we were talking about that was devastating many other countries in the northern hemisphere to one that suddenly brought our own nation to its knees.
While we've been spared - so far, the horrendous death toll experienced by many other nations, with roughly eleven weeks to go before the scheduled cessation of JobKeeper, we have time to plan a fiscally responsible and fair response that continues to protect the best interests of employees and their families.
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Most financial commentators agree there will be a record number of companies looking to enter bankruptcy should they be left high and dry post-September.
That's not a scenario any of us want, and the flow on effects of such a curse of action could be even more devastating.
A reduction in JobKeeper might be the antidote that strikes the right balance and allows companies some breathing space as they look to retain their feet after approximately six months of next to no trad, or at best, only a semblance of what they would normally expect to transact.
Looking at which industries have been impacted hardest and tinkering with the future eligibility to be part of JobKeeper are all worth considering.
The state and federal governments have both delayed unveiling their draft budgets for 2020/2021 - probably the first time this has occurred in whatever resembles modern times, and they've done so with good reason.
That's just another sign of how complicated and how challenging the situation is right now, for governments and for the rest of us.
It's also a sign of how much tougher it is going to be in the months and years ahead.
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