PM ScoMo announces lockdown support payments amidst vaccine undersupply in Victoria

PM ScoMo addressing media conference, Parliament House, Canberra. Photo- Grab from live.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 3 June: Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced support payments for those in lockouts for more than seven days. These will be in addition to the already announced support payments for businesses by the Victorian government. The Federal payments will be week by week and fall in categories of $ 500 a week (20 hours + working) and $ 375 a week (less than 20 hours working). These payments will apply to declared ‘Commonwealth Hot Spot” areas, for which Greater Melbourne now qualifies.

The announcements were made live on TV and Facebook by the PM countrywide along with Treasurer David Frydenberg and Minister for Emergency Response David Littleproud from Parliament House’s Blue Room in the afternoon today. The announcements made are similar to payments being made in New Zealand.

The payments will be made to people over 17 with liquid assets less than $ 10,000. The National Cabinet, the PM said, will decide how the payments will be divided between the state and the Federal Government.

Earlier, the undersupply of vaccines in Victoria was highlighted as Acting Premier James Merlino said “vaccination was the only way out of the pandemic but the state was waiting on a greater supply of vaccines from the federal government” (ABC report). Meanwhile, Labor MP Julian Hill attacked the PM today saying, ” He failed the hotel quarantine. He is failing on vaccines. And he is now failing Victoria.”

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