News digest: JobKeeper reduced, Vic curfew scrapped and Trump ‘paid no tax’

Sep 28, 2020
The President's tax data has been obtained by the New York Times. Source: Getty.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of some restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and across the state yesterday, after the city successfully lowered its 14-day daily case average. On Sunday, Andrews confirmed that Melbourne would move to step two of his roadmap to recovery, which sees the nightly curfew being scrapped, while those living in the city will also be able to spend two hours outside per day, rather than one.

Other changes include: a return to the classroom for all primary school children, up to five people from two different households can gather outside and more than one person from a household can visit the shops together. However the 5km limit on movement remains in place, reports the ABC.

The easing of restrictions comes as the state recorded its lowest daily case numbers in 107 days on Monday, with just five new cases. However three more people have sadly lost their lives to the virus over the past 24 hours.

And sticking with Covid-related news, the rate of JobKeeper payment will also decrease from today, with recipients receiving just $1,200 a fortnight, instead of the initial rate of $1,500. This move was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison back in July.

The new rate of $1,200 per fortnight will apply to those working more than 20 hours a week, while those working less than 20 hours will be entitled to a payment of $750 per fortnight. These amounts will then be cut again in the March quarter of 2021 to $1,000 and $600 respectively.

And in international news, the New York Times has laid bare US President Donald Trump’s tax information, reporting that he paid just US$750 (AU$1,065) in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. While he paid another $750 during his first year in the job in 2017.

The newspaper obtained the President’s tax data for the past two decades – excluding his personal tax returns for 2018 and 2019 – which reveals that, in 10 of the previous 15 years, Trump paid no income tax at all as he reported losing far more money than he made. The NYT’s report comes as pressure on Trump mounts, with just five weeks to go until the presidential election.

Trump responded to the reports during a news conference on Sunday, however, describing the report as “fake news” and insisting he paid a “lot of taxes”.

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