The main points from Scott Morrison's latest coronavirus update - ABC News

5/05/2020 1:32:00 PM

With the curve flattened, the PM is focused on getting a million people back to work

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With the curve flattened, the PM is focused on getting a million people back to work

While tough coronavirus restrictions have saved thousands of lives, Scott Morrison says the country is now in a position to start clawing back some of the $4 billion lost every week that restrictions continue. Here are the key takeaways from his press conference.

The hospitality sector would see a total of 441,000 jobs affected, 146,000 in retail, 120,000 in construction and 180,000 in arts and recreation.'Schools can be fully open'ABC News: Tim SwanstonHe welcomed moves by states like Queensland in beginning to reopen schools.

"It does cost the economy, those are the facts."Owning a home, a secure career, now travel — virus the last straw for MillennialsHe said he respected the right of states to make their own calls on the COVID-19 response."Rather than focusing on how many more cases there would be, what we are focused on is making sure we have the capacity to deal with the cases."

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He could start by getting parliament back to work. (Stays isolated, waits for 2nd wave...) There is no hope of the ScottyFromMarketing idea of snap back coming true. It just can't happen. Economics doesn't work that way. Too late his and our Premiers destruction of our economy on false information and supposition will never recover. Herd protection should have been the method. See Sweden as an example.

How about someone? Anyone? At the abc, ask ScottMorrisonMP why parliament won’t sit till August if it’s safe for school kids and workers to go out into the community again? I think he instinctively doesn't like flattened curves ...he has mistaken it for a curve reporting fiscal wealth and has had a panic attack ...everyone must go back to what he calls 'normal'. His nervous system is not wired like your average human being.

Scotty from Marketing is still aiming for herd immunity. We should stay locked down until the virus is eradicated. The Government are the ones holding it back. Keep the borders closed but let us get back to work. Don’t listen to the media hyped sheep , lift restrictions. How is this possible to do without killing 100s of people. Stagered start times, does this mean school times will be stagered ourlivesshouldmatter keepvicinlockdown

Back to work? The bastard held off on long needed infrastructure projects for his entire prime minister ship. He has been costing jobs for some time... Rupert is pushing his PM to get the peasants moving.

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The new curve! For less than what they earned before the shutdown. ...and let the Hillsong Conference begin! You and your gang first Scotty, get back to parliament. GOOD! Because currently having lockdown & foolish restrictions is harmful and more damaging to society on the whole than actually providing any benefit, especially given it has been almost 3 weeks since the cv19 curve flattened. This endless insanity causes pointless detriment!

Pray for no resurgence......!! Well done ScoMoses. Let the people that want to resume life get at it & the scared the permission to hide away. the premiers have covered this blokes arse for the past 6 weeks...scummo determined to make his mark..watch death toll climb And that’s the last thing you rabid lefties want.

How about addressing how piss poor of a job he’s done on jobkeeper

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The curve is flattened. Except for the spikes. If wanted that he could have closed borders in February....and wouldn't have lost the work. does he not know what happened to Germany? jesus

Morrison says open up the economy to recapture one million lost jobsPrime Minister Scott Morrison has set a goal to restore one million jobs by opening up the economy as soon as this Friday, piling pressure on state and territory leaders to ease their coronavirus restrictions. It is interesting to see Morrison’s focus change from health to the economy... showing his true colours I just think Sco Mo is a nob. He's a deer in the headlights. I don't disagree but how he goes about things is like a maniac! It all comes down to money, doesn't it Scomo?

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Scott Morrison urged to extend coronavirus assistance to one million 'vulnerable' temporary visa holdersAlmost 200 Australian community groups have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging him to include more than one million refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable communities in the government's coronavirus response. the jail’s health services administrator, testified that it often takes two weeks for medical requests at the jail to be addressed. Covid_19 prisonerspeopletoo So, most Australian are or will be doing it tough and our country could be going into one of the largest economic depressions in recorded history.... & you want the taxpayer to support 1million people that have done nothing for this country & have not payed 1 cent in tax? NO! Australians first PERIOD

Read more About 708,000 jobs are estimated to be either lost or hit by restrictions, with the hospitality sector expected to feel the most impact.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Almost 200 Australian community groups have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging him to include more than one million refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable communities in the government's coronavirus response.Stuart Marsh 04:53 The Commissioner of the COVID-19 Coordination Committee, Nev Power, has told businesses and workplaces that its's time to have plans in place for employees returning to work.Play video Ramping up the case for an economic restart, he cited Treasury estimates that the school closures will cost 304,000 jobs, the controls on industry and public gatherings will cost 708,000 jobs and the slump in domestic and international demand will cost 516,000 jobs.

Mr Morrison broke down some of the estimated job losses that would happen with such a big drop in GDP. The hospitality sector would see a total of 441,000 jobs affected, 146,000 in retail, 120,000 in construction and 180,000 in arts and recreation. A protester holds a placard saying 'free the refugees, let them stay' during a Brisbane demonstration on Friday. The job losses and business closures also have a compounding effect on other industries, which then flow on to other parts of the economy, Mr Morrison said. "Have plans in place and be ready as the restrictions change that you can continue to do that as more customers are coming into your business, as there is a higher level of activity and make sure that we continue to contain the virus as the economy starts to expand again. "[The Government] is under no illusion about the ongoing costs of these measures, and it certainly puts enormous pressure, as it should, on the timetable as we seek to move Australia back to that safe economy," Mr Morrison said. "If anyone is left destitute, with no access to affordable medical help or unable to minimise the risk of catching the virus, all of us are at greater risk. 'Schools can be fully open' Mr Morrison has repeatedly said schools across the country should reopen. Scott Morrison and his charts showing the economic impact of the coronavirus.

( ABC News: Tim Swanston ) Keeping schools closed is a big drain on the economy and the expert advice is that they can be opened safely, Mr Morrison said. They also want to see JobSeeker payments to temporary visa holders and people on bridging visas, which they say would in turn help the businesses employing them. He welcomed moves by states like Queensland in beginning to reopen schools. "The expert medical advice is that schools can be fully open," Mr Morrison said. "This situation is growing worse by the day as people seeking asylum and other temporary visa holders lose their only form of income. "And the expert economic advice we have received from the Treasury, is that not opening schools fully, is costing jobs. "It does cost the economy, those are the facts.   He pointed to Singapore, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as examples of countries that have had significant COVID-19 outbreaks among their migrant workers, undermining their overall responses to the pandemic. National cabinet decided Safework Australia would be the "single source of information" for employers on safety rules but specific decisions were put off until another meeting on Friday.

" But when asked, Mr Morrison suggested he would not put pressure on states to ease restrictions around school closures. What the experts are saying about coronavirus: Owning a home, a secure career, now travel — virus the last straw for Millennials He said discussions about the closures had been "candid" but they were "in good faith". AAP "In all of these countries, migrant workers have been housed in crowded dormitories with inadequate access to clean water and sanitation,” Professor Toole said. "At the end of the day, states have sovereignty over decisions that fall specifically within their domain," Mr Morrison said. He said he respected the right of states to make their own calls on the COVID-19 response." The Refugee Council of Australia said many asylum seekers and families on bridging visas were already reporting job losses since the outbreak began. However, authorities did not have the modelling for how cases would increase once schools were fully opened, Mr Morrison said.7 percentage points in economic activity respectively.

"I suspect undoubtedly you will get cases, of course that will happen, we aren't pursuing an eradication strategy, but those cases can be managed and those cases can be contained in a strong health system and that's our focus," Mr Morrison said.  "They, like all Australians, are facing job losses and financial hardship right now," he said. "Rather than focusing on how many more cases there would be, what we are focused on is making sure we have the capacity to deal with the cases." Travel within Australia, and possibly New Zealand There was even some friendly banter when Ms Ardern joined the National Cabinet meeting remotely."  People in Australia must stay at least 1. ( AAP: Bianca De Marchi, file photo ) For the first time since World War II, a New Zealand Prime Minister sat in on an Australian national cabinet meeting. Mr Morrison said it was great Jacinda Ardern joined, and that opening a trans-Tasman "travel bubble" between the two nations would benefit the economy. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. The economic impact of the pandemic, and measures aimed at stopping its spread, continue to weigh on the nation, with only 38,926 new car sales were sold in April.

"It is important to flag it because it is part of the road back," Mr Morrison said. "That is still to play out but there is, I think, no doubt a big benefit once we're back in that situation. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080." He added travel was still some time away because authorities needed to be sure any new cases of coronavirus could be tracked between both countries. Mr Morrison said there were also jokes about New Zealanders being able to visit Western Australia before the rest of Australia was able to. SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments. Restructuring work inevitable The way people work will have to change, according to National COVID-19 Coordination Commission chair Neville Power. By the end of next year, the RBA believes the jobless rate will still be above 7 per cent.

He said the Government had discussed with more than 100 peak bodies, associations and unions the need to make workplaces safe amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Mr Power said reconfiguring and restructuring worksites and an ability to trace any new cases were among several key issues to be tackled before there was a widespread return to work. "That is very much a business-by-business proposition under the guidelines of social distancing and personal hygiene," Mr Power said. He said companies were already looking at the changes as "just another business problem". Attorney-General Christian Porter said there were almost a million visits to the Safe Work website when tough COVID-19 restrictions were announced in April. There may be scope to help those sectors that will take much longer to recover than others.

Mr Porter said the website had been rebuilt with 1,300 difference webpages describing regulations required for specific workplaces. .