House debates

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Statements by Members

Goldstein Electorate: COVID-19

1:38 pm

Photo of Tim WilsonTim Wilson (Goldstein, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Victorians need the support of their leaders now more than ever. While our Premier issues diktats without explanation, our Prime Minister is listening and engaging. Last Thursday the Prime Minister joined a Tele-Town Hall with over 8½ thousand Goldstein residents to answer questions and reassure them that Canberra has Melbourne's—and Victoria's—back. Nearly 405 questions were asked—on our recent vaccine deal, support for self-funded retirees, economic recovery and many other issues. Alison asked, movingly, about access to essential mental health services for younger residents doing it tough during lockdown. Sadly, a personal example of a friend was used to bring about the truth of the situation. John put a particularly incisive question to the Prime Minister regarding the likelihood of a cooperative industrial relations system coming out of this pandemic. We all know how critical reform will be to drive recovery from the COVID recession. My thanks go to Raymond, Thomas, Denise, Damien, Joanne and Janie for also asking their questions and also to everybody who participated at this time when we feel apart. Thank you also to the Prime Minister for offering his time to connect directly with the Goldstein community.