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As pressure grows over JobKeeper waste, a new rescue plan is needed. Let’s call it JoshKeeper

As pressure grows over JobKeeper waste, a new rescue plan is needed. Let’s call it JoshKeeper
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Until now, the government has largely skated past without copping much flak for excessive JobKeeper waste. But pressure is beginning to mount, including from the Coalition’s usual allies.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Until yesterday, conservative loyalty to the federal government had largely protected Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison from attacks over excessive secrecy and largesse related to the extraordinarily wasteful $90 billion JobKeeper program.

News Corp is still yet to unleash the dogs of war, but yesterday it was Judith Sloan in The Spectator — not her weekly column for The Australian — who stepped up to the plate. And boy, she didn’t miss.

Under the headline “JobKeeper — far worse than school halls and pink batts”, the former Westfield, Santos and ABC director declared the program “the new gold standard in wasteful spending”. It warrants a royal commission, she wrote, because it was “the single most irresponsible and reckless spending program ever undertaken by a government”.

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Stephen Mayne

Columnist and Crikey Founder @MayneReport

Stephen Mayne founded Crikey in February 2000 and has remained as a contributor since selling it in 2005. He’s a former Kennett government staffer and City of Melbourne councillor who is currently serving on City of Manningham in Melbourne’s east. He has also worked and volunteered in the shareholder advocacy and gambling reform space.

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