Confronting scenes outside Centrelink as desperate Australians camp out
Thousands of recently unemployed workers are queueing, and some camping, outside Centrelink offices across New South Wales and Victoria today.
Thousands of non-essential businesses were forced to close their doors this week, in line with government regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The government doubled the Newstart allowance to $1100 a fortnight and has employed an extra 5,000 Centrelink staff members to deal with the increased demand.
The hospitality industry alone estimates 88,000 workers have already lost their jobs and estimates that number will rise by 200,000 in the coming weeks and months.