The Courier-Mail

Stim­u­lus pay­ments fit the bill

- Australia News · Australia

PAY­ING bills and bol­ster­ing sav­ings were the most com­mon uses for fed­eral stim­u­lus pack­ages re­leased in May, Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics data shows.

More than one in 10 peo­ple used the cash boosts to buy food and non-al­co­holic drinks.

Older peo­ple were most likely to have used stim­u­lus pay­ments for sav­ings or to buy food and home fur­nish­ings, while Aussies un­der 65 were more likely to have used the money to pay down debts in­clud­ing mort­gages and bills.

One in three Aus­tralians had re­ceived a per­sonal stim­u­lus pay­ment from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment when the sur­vey was done in May.

ABS statis­ti­cian Michelle Mar­quardt said the data also pro­vided an in­sight into the way peo­ple in Aus­tralia were feel­ing and be­hav­ing de­pend­ing on their birth­place.

“Peo­ple born over­seas were more than twice as likely to have worn a face mask at least once in the four weeks be­fore the sur­vey was con­ducted than peo­ple born in Aus­tralia, and to pur­chase ad­di­tional med­i­cal sup­plies,” she said.

Three in five peo­ple born over­seas avoided pub­lic trans­port, com­pared with just half of Aus­tralian-born res­i­dents.

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