The host of today’s show put pressure on Josh Frydenberg and questioned the way the Secretary of Finance spurred the lockdown of Victoria.
Karl Stefanovic put pressure on the Minister of Finance, saying that Daniel Andrews “interfered” the federal government before it backed down its new lock-in financial support policy.
As Victoria falls into the fifth lockdown, the federal government announced a series of financial support measures for Victoria on Thursday.
The agreement was reached after Mr. Andrews criticized the federal government for favoring the federal government in the massive financial support plan announced during the New South Wales blockade.
Today’s host Karl Stefanovic challenged Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg on Friday, which he believed was a retreat from the federal government.
“Your voice couldn’t be better against Daniel Andrews, and he almost interfered with you, didn’t he?” He asked.
In view of Stefanovic’s strong doubts, Mr. Friedenberg turned to his usual criticism of the Victorian Prime Minister.
“This is the fifth lockdown that Victoria has experienced. It’s just over a month since their most recent lockdown,” he said
“I think the way the people of Victoria are very difficult, but the Morrison government will support them.”
Mr. Stefanovic pointed out that the Governor of Victoria has succeeded in appealing to the Federal Government.
“After really handing it to them earlier this week, it must really make you angry. Now you will actually have to give it to them,” Stefanovic said.
But Mr. Friedenberg quickly shifted the suspicions of today’s show host.
The Minister of Finance put pressure on Mr Andrews, saying that support for Victorian businesses during the fifth Covid-19 lockdown is still an issue for the governor to deal with.
Mr. Frydenberg said: “I expect they will make an announcement about commercial support, but I will leave this to them in the first two weeks.”
Although income support should begin after a state has been locked down for 7 days, the federal government has agreed to provide Victorians with subsidies of US$375 and US$600 starting Friday.
If Victorians lose 8 to 19 hours of work, they will receive $375 a week. If they lose 20 or more hours of work, they will receive $600.
However, before the lockdown entered the third week, the federal government still put Victorian businesses in a difficult situation.
Until then, Mr. Andrews will deal with the consequences alone.
When Victoria entered a lockdown last time, the governor announced that it would provide approximately US$250 million in commercial support in the first week and US$200 million in commercial support in the second week.
It has not yet announced support for the state companies that were recently blocked.
Mr. Friedenberg was never ashamed to express his dislike of Mr. Andrews’ leadership.
During the last Victorian lockdown, Mr. Friedenberg accused the governor of being “indifferent” to Victorian unemployment and the plight of small businesses.
“People are tired of his complaints and his politicization of the crisis,” he said.
In response, Mr. Andrews called on the Minister of Finance to “play politics” in dealing with the serious global health crisis.
“He is not a leader, he is just a Liberal Party,” Mr. Andrews said during the 112-day lockdown in Victoria last year.
Although the future of Victorian businesses is still up in the air, Victorians can rest assured that they can receive personal income support from day one.