Premier Andrews: ‘If we have to do more, we will’

Premier Andrews: ‘If we have to do more, we will’

small businesses particularly in our communities have got some support from your federal government but they really see no horizon forward i mean is there a plan to help them out because currently we’re hearing stories of people with their backs up against the wall not incapable of planning unable to see beyond yeah sure there’s no there’s no there’s no question that there are many many people doing it tough but that’s why there’s been more than seven billion dollars worth of economic support and business support that must be getting closer to 8 billion now given the recent announcements we’ve made we’re pleased that some of those announcements in the last sort of four or five of those have been a partnership with canberra but there’s that’s enormous amounts of support i get a lot of feedback from industry and from businesses that they’re very grateful for that and you know we don’t provide it for that reason we provide it because it’s because it’s needed uh is there an unlimited amount of support is it is any any support the same as having all your customers back no that’s why we’ve got to drive these cases down so that we can get customers back into businesses we can get people you know back uh doing what they do best uh that’s not being closed it’s being open uh but and if as i said if there were a different way then of course we would we would choose that i would just point to the fact that we are bringing we’re bringing back the um the rent relief scheme uh and that’s back dated to the day that we announced it as there’s a whole range of steps i know that there were some announcements very positively uh unless anyone think i’m you know picking on the federal government there were some very positive announcements yesterday in relation to uh childcare and we thank thank the relevant federal minister for that uh and we’re all doing our best including businesses they are doing their absolute best and we’re providing support is there more we can do can i rule out doing more of course not if we have to do more we will there are businesses who received payments during lockdowns four and five who are still yet to receive anything for the current lockdown is that money on the way uh well there’ll be some i think rachel that would only have would only have become eligible on saturday when we moved to the regional lockdown so uh i think i think even as hard as they’re doing and i’m sure they would appreciate that that was only a couple days ago okay i’m happy to chase so have you got an example for me there’s a lot of a lot of it has been auto pay and i know in my discussions with the prime minister they’re very you know i think one of the reasons why they’ve been happy to be a partner and be a partner consistently is that we are getting it out there we’ve provided them with a full breakdown of what’s been paid what’s still to be paid and they’re very pleased with that and that’s why they keep partnering with us i think uh you know each each week that we need to uh but the vast majority of our monies have been have been that auto pay uh no more paperwork and that’s i think that’s i’ve got a lot of positive feedback from that but there have been new elements to the program so fresh applicants if you’ve got any specific examples for me i’m more than happy to chase them up for you we want the money out we want the money paid is that treasury modelling on the impact to our budget of this lockdown and potentially if it goes too many more weeks what that in fact no i don’t have any treasury modeling because it’s it’s not like it’s a you know i’ve got a i’ve got modeling on four different options and i can choose the best one there are no other other options uh impacts though actual impacts will be measured by treasury and they’ll be they’ll be there in the the regular reporting that the treasury does and the whole government reporting we do
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Premier Andrews: ‘If we have to do more, we will’

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