Bill, the Andrews government, obviously arguing that we’re doing this snap hard lockdown to prevent further pain for businesses by having to look at potentially a third wave. What’s your view on that? And I guess, what is the answer here? Would the small businesses like interim compensation perhaps?
I think last time around with the second wave that we were told that it was going to be two weeks, the Victorian businesses and the people of Victoria extended to be two weeks. Two turned into 12. This time around, we’ve been told it’s going to be five days, some people just so concerned will five end up being 50. And then we hear that, you know, the premier yesterday is making comments that they’re starting to think through what compensation might be available, we’re not at the start of this pandemic, Matt we are now almost 12 months into it. So if you’re going to come out and do things like snap lock downs at the same time simultaneously, that means you have to be able to sort of walk and chew gum, you announce what the compensation and financial supports going to be. And then you go about getting it into place and making it directly available. Now, last time around, there were very big numbers thrown around $100 million for sole traders and sole traders, are a legal structure, there’s about 300,000, sole traders in the state of Victoria, was only enough money put in that fund for about 33,000. And guess what, there’s less than 5,000 have actually been able to access it.
Is that right?
There’s major concerns around the competency. There’s a lack of credibility with respect to have they thought it through? Do they have the processes in place? The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. And sadly down here in sick Victoria, we’re seeing that there are major sicknesses in the way we go about doing things in these areas, not just the fact that we might have today, up to 20 live cases, and 6 million people are being forced to stay at home.