2023 federal budget: JobSeeker $40 a fortnight boost, bulk billing increase and surplus

Karen Barlow
Updated May 9 2023 - 9:16pm, first published 7:30pm

Treasurer Jim Chalmers put aside "acute" budget pressures to deliver the first surplus in 15 years, a $3.5 billion boost to bulk-billing GP incentives, and a significant welfare increase for millions of Australians, including a $40 a fortnight increase to JobSeeker and other payments.

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Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on karen.barlow@canberratimes.com.au

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