24 August 2021

RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION, EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS AND SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
MEMBER FOR CORIO

MATT KEOGH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY 
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS 
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BURT

 
ABS data released today reveals more than 270,000 small businesses have dropped out of the market in the last financial year, raising the question, how many skilled workers and services are we now without?
 
There are state wide lockdowns currently in place impacting small businesses across New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, some 2.4 million Australian small businesses in total feeling the impacts of dealing with lockdowns as a consequence of the most recent outbreak.

Many businesses in non-lockdown areas are also suffering with the customers they rely on caught up in lockdown areas.
 
As the ABS put it, there are concerns of delays in reporting and businesses forced to pause temporarily to determine ongoing viability.
 
Hard working Australians who have poured their hearts and dollars into running their businesses are now facing a diabolical situation, losing money and confidence everyday this lockdown continues.

Many small business owners and operators have said they are hardly getting by. The payments don’t go far enough in paying rent, paying the bills and keeping their workforce connected to them.
 
With just a dismal 23 per cent of the Australian population fully vaccinated, with prolonged lockdowns, business as normal does not appear on the cards for quite some time.
 
It is clear we need a national approach from Scott Morrison, to provide assurance for more than 2.4 million Australian small businesses.

Without a national approach for small business, there will remain uncertainty for the millions of Australians who own, operate and are employed through these various industries.

We need a national approach. 

Just because a business isn’t currently closed doesn’t mean they’re not hurting. 

More than 18 months after COVID first hit Australia, Scott Morrison’s failure to secure enough vaccines for our population and his refusal to build fit for purpose quarantine facilities are crippling businesses across Australia. 
 
We need to be hearing more from the federal government and what lifeline they will provide for small businesses.