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Frydenberg was also asked if he had “kissed and made up” with the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, over his criticism of the lockdown in Victoria.

He said they’ve had “a constructive discussion” but doesn’t take back the comments, despite the lockdown leading to the elimination of Covid-19 in Victoria (48 days of no cases):

We sat opposite each other at the lunch last week with the premiers and the treasurers and, in fact, sat next to each other for part of the flight home from Canberra to Melbourne, and we discussed the importance of the commonwealth and Victoria working together.

I’m a very proud Victorian and I don’t regret anything that I said during the lockdown, and, certainly, much of the correspondence coming back to me was from Victorians who were deeply concerned about not just the economic impact but the human impact the lockdown was having on them.

The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, is on ABC TV discussing today’s Myefo announcement.

He was asked about the missing figures around the future of the extra money for jobseeker, and said the government was watching what would happen after March, when the current supplement is due to end:

We will obviously continue to monitor the labour market but the best thing that we can do for those people who are on jobseeker are to get them into work.

One example of the programs that we’ve announced to do exactly that is the jobmaker hiring credit, which is focused on young people aged 15 to 34 who have been unemployed, but who do need that additional incentive to an employer to take them on, and we are providing up to $200 a week for an employer who takes one of those workers on and that can help reduce the number of people who are on jobseeker.

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