$13 billion in JobKeeper payments went to companies that saw increased revenue in 2020, according to new data | Business Insider: The analysis found that around 195,381 businesses, which were expected to lose revenue and were therefore eligible for JobKeeper, recorded rises in turnover for the six months compared to the same period in 2019. Thirteen. Billion. To put this in perspective, Robodebt was launched with a goal to recoup less than one billion; and actually recouped about $179 million (they spent $606m to recoup $785m)... before they ended up paying $1.3 billion in damages because the scheme had caused so much harm. But lose $13b to big business and they won't even discuss the idea that they should recoup any of it.
Gerry Harvey is everything that's wrong with JobKeeper: If anyone enjoying an unprecedented sales boom could – days later – pull a catastrophic sales forecast out of his arse, it's Gerry Harvey, obviously.
But the mere fact he was able to do so and bank millions of JobKeeper – in full compliance with the law! – tells you everything you need to know about the negligent design of Frydenberg's scheme.