PM announces new measures

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday afternoon that the government will look into protective measures for residential and commercial renters, as well as further travel restrictions, drastic social distancing measures and funding boosts of aged care facilities.

Protection for tenants
“Relief can be provided for tenants in both commercial tenancies and residential tenancies, to ensure that in hardship conditions, there will be relief that will be available, and ensuring that tenancy legislation is protecting those tenants over the next six months at least.”

New social distancing rule
“What we are now moving to is an arrangement for gatherings of less than 100, is that they would be four square metres provided per person in an enclosed space, in a room. So that’s 2m by 2m. So for example, if you’ve got a room, if you’ve got a premises, if you’ve got a meeting room or something like that, that’s 100 square metres, then you can have 25 people in that room.”

Postponing state and federal budgets
“We have already decided that we will not be handing down a Budget until the first Tuesday in October, on the 6th of October. All other states and territories will be working to similar timetables. The idea that you can actually put together any sort of forecast around the economy at this time is simply not sensible.”

Small and medium-sized businesses to receive more support
“We are working on a package that will cushion the blow over the next six months, and will provide the necessary support so people can get on that bridge, to get them to the other side.”

Aged care boost
“We are providing $444.6 million of additional funding from the Commonwealth to support aged care facilities on top of the more than $100 million that I announced last week in relation to workforce support across the country for aged care. 

“This additional funding is being focused on those who are most vulnerable, to get them the additional support so they can get access to the essential things they need, particularly through things like Meals on Wheels and home care support, and the other things older Australians will need going through this time.”

Travel restrictions in remote Indigenous communities
“Under the Biosecurity Act we’ll be using the Health Minister’s powers to ensure that we are taking action to restrict travel into ourWant me to load it remote Indigenous communities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

Mr Morrison also said the government will discuss possibly restricting ‘unnecessary travel’.

Schools will remain open
“It is in the national interest to ensure that we keep schools open, and I want to thank all of those schools who have been putting those arrangements in place.”

Closing comments
“We need every single Australian to do what they can, whether they are a parent, teacher, nurse, Member of Parliament, whatever your job is whatever you are doing, I need you to keep doing it as much as you can, because if we keep doing it, if we keep holding together, then we will continue to make our way through this, we will get to the other side, and on the other side, Australia will be stronger.”

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