Dickson news – May 2020

A monthly update from your Federal Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton MP

Peter Dutton MP

A Message from Peter 

Thank you to everyone in our community who commemorated ANZAC Day this year. Although we were not able to attend the services like other years, many in our community rallied to commemorate ANZAC Day at home. 

It was fantastic to see so many photos online of people in our community on their driveway with candles participating in the RSL’s Light Up the Dawn campaign or others baking ANZAC biscuits to commemorate ANZAC Day. Thank you for supporting our veterans and serving defence force members. 

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. 


The JobKeeper Package 

The Federal Government passed the JobKeeper package through the Parliament on 8 April 2020; it is the biggest economic lifeline in Australia’s history. 

The JobKeeper program will help Australia weather an economic storm, by keeping Australians in jobs and keeping businesses in business.

Over the next six months, an estimated six million eligible workers will be supported, with payments of $1,500 per employee, per fortnight before tax, paid through their employers. 

Already, around 750,000 businesses have registered for JobKeeper. By keeping this connection between employers and workers, we will help our economy bounce back.

JobKeeper payments will be available to full-time and part-time workers, sole traders and casuals who have been with their employer for more than 12 months. Business turnovers will need to have fallen by 30 per cent or more to be eligible for the payment.

If you would like to find out more please go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus. 

This is part of our ongoing economic plan to ensure the livelihoods of Australians are protected during and after the coronavirus crisis.

For the latest information and updates on COVID-19, please visit Australia.gov.au. 

You Can Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 by: 

  Using a range of social distancing and hygiene measures.

  Refraining from hand shakes and other close contact, and standing 1.5m from each other wherever possible.

  Practicing good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose,

    coughing, or sneezing.

  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.

  Not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.

  Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

  Staying home if you are sick and don’t expose others. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, do not go outside your property or home, do not go to work, school or shops unless it is essential.

  Getting vaccinated for influenza this season. It is not yet known whether COVID-19 could significantly increase the risk of influenza infection.

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