Senate debates

Monday, 23 March 2020

Questions without Notice

Coronavirus

2:59 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) Share this | Hansard source

You raise a very, very good point. That is exactly what the Prime Minister talked about yesterday, particularly in relation to the impact on, for example, sole traders. There are many sole traders whose businesses are going to be significantly financially impacted because of COVID-19. I've been working very closely with Minister Ruston to ensure that they are able to get access to or are eligible for the COVID-19 supplement, but the key here is what we've done with mutual obligation. We are going to allow them to continue to work in their business, and by doing that they will actually discharge their mutual obligation. Connectivity with the workforce is one of the most important things that we can do not just as a government but certainly for businesses out there, because we want Australians to maintain any form of connectivity that they can so when we come out the other side of this crisis— (Time expired)

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