“The world will open, Australia will open … Opening up as a single country and according to plan will not only give people hope, but will provide a springboard for our economic recovery.”
But in the clearest signal yet that Western Australia was ready to step away from the roadmap, Prime Minister Mark McGowan said on Saturday his state needed higher levels of vaccination to reopen and reported waiting “a few more months” to reach them.
Last week The Sun-Herald and Sunday age revealed that updated modeling from the Doherty Institute showed that NSW would still be able to start opening up once vaccination targets were met – even if there were hundreds of new cases in the community every day, rather than the 30 that the original modeling was based on.
This prompted some states, including Western Australia and Queensland, to voice concern over the openness and authorization of COVID in the community.
Mr McGowan said on Saturday that Western Australia wanted to stay COVID-free “for as long as possible”.
“Our immunization levels at 70 percent, for example, still mean that 30 percent of the adult population is unvaccinated, and then when you add the children, that’s about 20 percent more,” he said. -he declares.
“So if we deliberately imported the virus at that time hundreds of people would die, it would lead to huge economic dislocation and for what?” If we wait a few more months, we raise our immunization levels to a higher level, we can avoid all of that. “
Each week of lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria costs the economy around $ 2 billion, while the federal government spends hundreds of millions more on financial support each week. Mr Frydenberg has previously said the federal government may withdraw that support from states that refuse to open up.
Mr Oliver said that “in a purely economic sense, a recession doesn’t mean much”, but it could impact confidence, which in turn impacts the speed of the recovery.
“The concept of ‘recession’ is less meaningful than usual because it is not a normal cyclical recession and the economy is expected to recover faster than after a normal recession, as reopening will release pent-up demand – although this is a bit limited compared to last year as we have to learn to “live with COVID”.
Mr Aird said that regardless of whether Australia has officially entered a recession or not, “a lot of people quit, the economy is going through a huge shock.”
“Try telling someone in Victoria or New South Wales that we’re not in a recession… however, we’re pretty sure we’ll bounce back in Q4 as things open up.”
Mr Frydenberg, a native of Melbourne who criticized Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’ prolonged second wave lockdown last year, defended himself against public criticism that he had not spoken out against the lockdown from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this year in the same way.
“My concern has always been first and foremost for the Victorian people, which is why I stood up for them vigorously last year and this is why, from the first day of this pandemic, I assured that Victoria has received unprecedented economic support, ”he said.
“I have a good working relationship with my Victorian counterpart Tim Pallas and in the last Victorian lockdown alone we came together to provide over $ 2 billion in economic support.”
Relations between the federal Liberal government and the state Labor government have eased somewhat since then, with Mr Andrews and Mr Pallas and other top state ministers noting a change.
Mr. Andrews recently noted that “the Federal Treasurer has taken a different tone and a different approach this year and I think the Victorians are grateful for that”.
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