Senate debates

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Economy

2:35 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

As the outbreaks that we are currently seeing illustrate, Australia and Australians are not out of the woods yet. The Morrison government continues to work with the states and the territories to help their businesses and to support their staff who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, in partnership with the South Australian government, we've provided a $40 million support package for around 20,000 businesses in South Australia. In July we reached agreement with the Victorian government, and we are providing around $200 million to help support Victorian small and medium businesses. And in New South Wales we have an agreement with the New South Wales government where businesses that have a turnover of up to $250 million who've lost 30 per cent or more of turnover or that have just seen a decline of 30 per cent or more in turnover will be eligible for payments of up to $100,000 per week. Again, we are providing the economic support, working with states and territories, to help these businesses. (Time expired)


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