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No plan to lift JobSeeker rate

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The Morrison government has denied it about to permanently lift the dole payment when the Treasurer makes a long awaited economic statement next month.

News Corp newspapers, citing senior ministers, had reported the JobSeeker payment would rise to $75 per day from $40 when the present enhanced version of the unemployment payment ends in September.

"There are no such proposals before the government or under consideration for the economic statement next month," a spokesperson for Social Services Minister Anne Ruston told AAP.

"The government is focused on the next phase of short-term measures designed to address the COVID-19 crisis."

The JobSeeker payment, formerly known as Newstart, was doubled to around $1100 a fortnight as a support measure during the pandemic.