Jobs growth key to Aus Budget: Treasurer

Canberra, April 16 (IANS) Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Friday revealed that jobs growth will be at the centre of the Federal Budget for 2021/22.Frydenberg will hand down the budget on May 11, only about seven months after the Budget for 2020/21, which was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.He recently said that the government was focused on getting Australians back into work before tackling the record budget deficit and debt.Frydenberg said that the government would enable and encourage “the private sector to keep hiring, to innovate, to grow and to help lead the recovery from here”, according to News Corp Australia on Friday.Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday revealed that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent in March compared to 5.8 per cent in February.Frydenberg previously said they would not begin tackling fiscal repair until unemployment is “comfortably” below 6 per cent.Australia’s net debt is forecast to peak at A$966 billion, 44 per cent of the GDP in 2024.However, Frydenberg said that the economy was not yet ready for austerity measures.”I’m going to make another speech on fiscal strategy before the budget, but our focus has been on (unemployment) comfortably below six, and we’re not comfortably below six,” he said.Projections in the budget will rely on the timing of Australia’s troubled coronavirus vaccine rollout and the resumption of international travel but Frydenberg said he was confident that the momentum and the recovery will continue despite the challenges with the vaccine.–IANSksk/

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