Coronavirus Australia live updates: Mathias Cormann to face grilling over $60bn jobkeeper bungle – latest news

Posted by on June 8, 2020 5:34 pm
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Finance minister to appear before Senate committee seeking answers on the government’s botched wage subsidy projections. Follow the latest live

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In some slightly depressing news, a new study published today has found that 75% of Australians hold implicit bias against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The data comes from ten years of responses to an implicit association test. More than 11,000 responses were analysed. The study found there was no correlation between higher education and a reduction in implicit bias, and those younger than 25 and older than 60 held higher rates of bias than those in the middle.

Related: Three-quarters of Australians biased against Indigenous Australians, study finds

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Good morning and welcome to our continued live coverage of the coronavirus in Australia.

Finance minister Mathias Cormann, treasury boss Dr Steven Kennedy, and officials from the Australian Taxation Office, including taxation commissioner Chris Jordan, will face the Covid-19 Senate inquiry this afternoon to explain the $60bn accounting error in the budget for the jobkeeper program.

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