The government has decided to do it this way. And BTW, it is a conservative "liberal" (not Labour) government, which is the opposite of what that means in the U.S.
And, yes, the government is the people and the government gets its money from taxpayers. They govern the $$.
Someone can change the title to "Australians paying themselves in Covid-19 crisis" if that makes you happy.
Or "Australians 100% self-funding in Covid-19 crisis"
That'll make my point really clear.