“Why extend the travel limit when people have nowhere to go?” Josh Frydenberg ‘harshly’ blows out Daniel Andrews for ‘unforgivable’ decision to keep pubs and shops closed in Melbourne
- Josh Frydenberg is outraged that the Victorian Prime Minister has not reopened the state
- He accused Mr. Andrews of showing heartless indifference to companies
- Mr Frydenberg said 1,000 jobs would be lost for every day the state was closed
Federal treasurer Daniel Andrews is doubting the cautious pace of the easing of coronavirus restrictions in Victoria.
Josh Frydenberg is outraged that the Victorian Prime Minister has not gone ahead with reopening the state, given the low number of new infections.
He accused Mr. Andrews of making it up along the way and showing a heartless indifference to small business owners.
“The bloody spirit is unforgivable,” Mr. Frydenberg said Monday.
“There is heartless government indifference in Victoria to job losses and the plight of small businesses.”
Josh Frydenberg accused Daniel Andrews (pictured) of making up while he was at it and showing a heartless indifference to small business owners
Mr. Frydenberg warned that 1,000 jobs would be lost every day.
The prime minister is increasingly frustrated with federal ministers demanding a faster reopening, reminding them that they are not medical experts and do not have all the available information.
Business groups have also criticized Victoria’s ‘inexplicable and unacceptable’ timeline for the lifting of restrictions.
Starting Monday, Melburnians can get a haircut, visit an allied health worker, renovate their properties and wash their cars.
But retail and hospitality companies have to wait until November 2 to reopen.
“There is no good reason to continue with the constraints on business, especially as case numbers are clearly on a downward trajectory,” said Jennifer Westacott, CEO of the Business Council of Australia.
Starting Monday, Melburnians can get a haircut, visit an allied health worker, renovate their properties and wash their cars. Pictured: Three girls in St Kilda on October 18th
Victoria registered just two new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday after another day of single-digit infections.
Mr. Andrews indicated that further restrictions could be lifted ahead of schedule if the number of cases remains low.
But Tim Piper of the Australian Industry Group said Victorians expect more decisive action from the prime minister.
“There is still no cohesive long-term plan to rebuild a shattered Victorian economy,” he said.
There is also growing political unrest over travel arrangements with New Zealand.
Victoria and Western Australia are not part of the deal, and both Prime Ministers have said they were blind when Kiwis arrived in their states.
The federal government states that New Zealanders have ample right to travel to other parts of the country after flying to Sydney or Darwin.