Senate debates

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Arts and Entertainment Industry

3:36 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

Thanks, Mr President. As I was saying, we have targeted assistance over and above JobKeeper and small-business payments and other economy-wide measures throughout the course of the pandemic. Some of them, such as those that I outlined, were at the height of the pandemic, if you like; others were more recently, through the course of this year—for example, in relation to the travel agency sector. As I said in relation to the primary question, we are acutely aware of the particular situation that independent cinemas find themselves in, and we continue to look very carefully at that sector and to engage very closely with it.


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