What do you think small businesses need to survive this period of time?
At the highest level its confidence. But in the very short term, they actually need direct financial support, Adrian. So again, as I said, it’s one thing to say, although they’ve lost trade and revenue, but many have already purchased the various goods and services that they would use fresh food as an example, flowers as an example. So direct payment, we still haven’t heard anything from the Victorian Government around what is the compensation and how will it actually be paid? So if you’re going to announce it, you know, basically, it’s lockdown the Valentine’s Day lockdown instantly, for five days, where’s the announcement of that direct financial support? It’s not like the pandemic just started four weeks ago, the Victorian Government has had absolutely months and months to come up with contingency plans and have solutions in place. Small business people you know, here in Victoria, there’s one and a half million people that own or work in small businesses, they’re pulling their hair out, they’re now more likely to be gone for good, particularly when JobKeeper goes but we need direct financial support, you know, less talk more action, Adrian.
Just to finish what can citizens do to help small businesses right now?
The citizens of Australia have been magnificent because they’ve been out and supporting the local businesses in their local area. There’s another key component and that’s the need to keep well, we have to make sure that we’re keeping a bit of distance and keeping our hands clean and when we need other people wearing masks. We have to do the sorts of things that we can do to reduce giving or getting the virus and continuing to support the local businesses over the phone, online, drop in but spend some dollars with those local businesses and let them know that you are there as their customers for them as they have been there for you over many, many years.