A massive scheme to subsidise the wages of almost half the workforce has cleared the House of Representatives, and is expected to easily pass the Senate.
The economic stimulus package is the biggest in Australian history, with The Federal Government to give employers $1,500 dollars a fortnight for each employee they keep on their books during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Political editor Andrew Probyn reports.
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Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
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- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
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