CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister mentioned extra focused financial reduction for companies combating pandemic restrictions might be coming after Parliament resumed on Tuesday for the primary time in 2021.
Tourism, aviation and hospitality are among the many industries calling for prolonged monetary assist after the federal authorities’s pandemic wage subsidies are resulting from finish on March 31.
With opposition lawmakers calling for extra enterprise assist, Prime Minister Scott Morrison didn’t rule out his authorities offering additional funding.
“For these sectors and people areas particularly who’re persevering with to take care of the results of the pandemic, we now have already demonstrated that we are going to proceed to supply focused assist,” Morrison mentioned. “That’s precisely what the federal government will do.”
However Morrison was adamant the economic system must be weaned off wage subsidies, which he describes as an emergency measure.
“You can not run the Australian economic system on taxpayers’ cash perpetually,” Morrison mentioned.
Deputy opposition chief Richard Marles mentioned companies in tourism and aviation would go beneath with out focused assist.
Lawmakers from Western Australia state got particular exemptions to attend Parliament Home on Tuesday after the west coast metropolis of Perth started a five-day lockdown on Sunday.
The town of two million individuals had been informed to remain at dwelling after a safety guard apparently contracted COVID-19 whereas delivering medicine to an contaminated worldwide traveller who was in Perth resort quarantine.
The guard was the primary individual to be contaminated in Perth since April 11 final 12 months. He has the extremely contagious British variant however intensive testing of his contacts has but to seek out anybody contaminated by him.
Well being officers say lawmakers who flew to Canberra from Perth are considered important employees who will not be required to quarantine.
Anybody else who arrived in Canberra from Perth since Jan. 25 should stay in quarantine till Friday.
Rod McGuirk, The Related Press