House debates

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Victoria

2:28 pm

Photo of Josh FrydenbergJosh Frydenberg (Kooyong, Liberal Party, Treasurer) Share this | Hansard source

We have provided around $90 million of cash-flow boost payments to the people of Victoria. We have provided around $5 billion in JobSeeker coronavirus supplement payments to the people of Victoria and around $3 billion in direct payments to veterans, carers and pensioners across Victoria.

I remind the honourable member that Victoria is not the only state that has gone into lockdown since the end of JobKeeper. His own state of Queensland, in Brisbane, saw stay-at-home orders in late March/early April. We know that the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel region also saw stay-at-home orders, between 24 April and 27 April. According to the Victorian government, this is a seven-day lockdown. It is a short lockdown, and we anticipated, at the time of the budget, that there would be outbreaks and indeed short lockdowns. That's why we provided an unprecedented amount of support, in this budget and in previous budgets, including $41 billion in direct economic support to support and strengthen our recovery in the state of Victoria as well as across the nation.


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