Vic Acting Prime Minister James Merlino and Scott Morrison argue over Covid support after latest lockdown laatste

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Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas and Acting Prime Minister James Merlino have unleashed the federal government for failing to provide financial assistance to Victorians during another Covid-19 lockdown.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt fought back, pointing out that some schemes already exist for those in need, such as the $ 1,500 payout for a pandemic in the event of a disaster.

Mr. Pallas announced a $ 250 million support package for small and medium businesses suffering as a result of a seven-day lockdown to combat a growing number of infections.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas (pictured) unleashed federal government for failing to provide financial assistance to Victorians during another COVID-19 lockdown

Mr. Merlino said he asked Mr. Morrison and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to provide financial aid for employees as the JobKeeper wage subsidy is no longer available, but they said ‘no’.

‘We have asked several times [for] the federal government to support workers during this period, and the unwavering answer was no, ”he said.

“For the Prime Minister and Federal Treasurer to say ‘no’ is a disgrace and it should make every Victorian angry.”

Mr. Pallas said he was “angry” and “disappointed” with the response from the federal government.

“What we needed was for the Commonwealth to make at least a similar offer of support to working people,” he said.

Empathy means nothing unless your words are combined with tangible things.

‘I am angry, and I am disappointed – disappointed because the language speaks of a partnership, but in reality is of no avail to the people who need it most.

“This idea that we work hand in hand, when they’ve never put their hand in their pockets, is nothing short of a shame.”

Acting Victorian Prime Minister James Merlino (pictured) said it was disgraceful for the federal government to pick and choose when supporting Victorians

Acting Victorian Prime Minister James Merlino (pictured) said it was a shame the federal government chose when to support Victorians

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) fought back, saying there are already a number of schemes for those in need

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) fought back, saying a number of schemes already exist for those in need

Mr Merlino – who reported another five infections in the state, including a geriatric care worker – said it was a shame the federal government chose when to support Victorian and Victorian businesses.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government has given Victoria $45 billion in support of Covid.

“I note that when the Queensland Government and the Western Australian Governments were in similar circumstances, they took those responsibilities and decided to go into those lockdowns.” he said.

They took on those responsibilities and I commend them for that.

“We will continue to support Victoria to get Victoria open and do everything we can to ensure that Victoria does not close itself again.”

Health Secretary Greg Hunt told reporters in Canberra after he and Health Secretary Brendan Murphy received their second AstraZeneca shot, 4.2 million vaccinations had been completed in the past week with just under 600,000.

“I think that’s an extremely important step in getting more people vaccinated faster than ever before,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government had $45 billion available from Victoria to support Covid.  Pictured: A normally busy Bourke Street Mall can be seen on May 28, 2021 in Melbourne

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government had $ 45 billion available to Victoria to support Covid. Pictured: A normally busy Bourke Street Mall is on display in Melbourne on May 28, 2021

But the comments of Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who insists on the Prime Minister’s line that it is ‘no race’ to get people vaccinated, did not help the growing friction between Melbourne and Canberra.

“Look, I’ve consistently said, the way out of this pandemic is the successful rollout of the Commonwealth vaccine program and the establishment of an alternative quarantine facility, not just in Victoria but elsewhere in the country,” Mr Merlino said.

Mr McCormack, who serves as Prime Minister along with Mr Morrison on an official trip to New Zealand, also does not believe there is any hesitation in getting the Covid-19 shot, pointing to 120,000 people vaccinated on Saturday and a similar number the day before.

“It’s not a race, it has to be systematic,” he told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

“It needs to be rolled out in such a way that Australians need to be clear about getting the shot, but we can’t let everyone go and get it at the same time.”

Victoria undergoes a seven-day lockdown in response to a cluster of Covid-19 cases. Pictured: People line up at a massive coronavirus vaccination center in Melbourne on May 28

Secretary of Commerce Dan Tehan tried to downplay the use of the word ‘race’ when interviewed about ABC’s Insiders program.

‘You don’t describe the roll-out of a vaccine as a race. The Melbourne Cup is a race. We’re trying to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said.

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese responded to the comments, saying that what is happening in Victoria is the result of the complacency of the Morrison administration.

“They could start with a decent information campaign,” Albanian told reporters in Sydney.

‘The ads that were used, frankly, people would have slept through it.’

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