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
There will be more than a million small businesses across Victoria, South Australian and Greater Sydney which are staring down economic uncertainty as a result of the latest lockdowns across the country.
As Victoria announces an extension of their lockdown for an additional week and South Australia is forced into a seven day lockdown, small business are feeling the consequences of Scott Morrison’s failure to build fit-for-purpose quarantine and botched vaccine rollout.
With 650,000 small businesses in Victoria and 150,000 in South Australia, states are being forced to go it alone in providing critical support to keep these businesses afloat.
In South Australia, so long as the federal government does not declare a national COVID hotspot, businesses and workers will not be able to access the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
We need a national approach from Scott Morrison, to provide assurance for the more than 2.4 million Australian small businesses.
Instead, we are getting radio silence from the Prime Minister.
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.
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 business owners.
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 these lockdowns continue.
Labor has called on the Morrison Government to urgently offer a national small business survival package that at the very least includes:
- Rental support;
- Support to retain staff so they can re-open easily after lockdown;
- Debt relief to help small businesses avoid a debt trap
This lockdown is a direct result of the Morrison Government’s failure to roll out the vaccine and to have national quarantine facilities, the least they can do is provide businesses certainty.