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'Tailored' post-JobKeeper program needed for Australia's 'two-stage' economic recovery

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The Australia Hotels Association’s John Green says they are pursuing ongoing and tailored support for struggling businesses rather than criticising the federal government’s JobKeeper expiration date.

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The wage subsidy program ended on Sunday night after being in place for 12 months.

“We’re not criticising the government in any way, shape or form for the nature of JobKeeper and the fact that it’s gone for 12 months,” Mr Green told Sky News.

“What we’re saying now that here we are in a situation where we’ve got pretty much a two-stage economy, where parts of Australia are trading reasonably well … but other parts are suffering.

“A more tailored scheme is probably what’s needed and that’s the conversations that are being had at the moment.”

He pointed out for many businesses the program had been a “lifeline” – particularly in CBD areas – and post-pandemic recovery was not occurring evenly across the nation.

“We know that reginal NSW and regional Australia and also suburban areas have been trading ok,” he said.

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