Covid-19 Australia: The social distancing changes "are working"

Marco Green
April 8, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Australians are asked to leave their homes only to shop for essentials, for medical care, to exercise individually or for work.

Prime Minister Morrison said the Aus$150 million boost - part of an additional Aus$1.1 billion in health-related spending announced Sunday - would be spent on telephone support services for both domestic violence victims and abusers.

The funding is created to support the sector and families who use the service.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday his country is slowing the spread of the COVID-19 disease and saving lives, according to SBS News live broadcast.

"Childcare and early childhood education is critical".

"What we will be doing is we will be ensuring for those parents who are still in that position where they are needing that childcare, it will be free".

Children have also been kept home because parents have lost their jobs and can no longer afford childcare, or no longer need it.

In interviews this evening on the Seven and Nine networks, Mr Morrison said there was minimal coronavirus health risks for children and young people attending classes. The system will be reviewed after one month, with an extension to be considered after three months.

"This package will help support families during these hard times, particularly those who have lost their job and are doing it tough", Mr Tehan said.

"They matter to me, they matter to my government and all of the members of parliament in this place, every state and territory premier and chief minister, every Australian matters".

"So we want to be providing free support for you while you're away".

Mr Tehan also encouraged parents who had pulled children out of childcare recently to re-enrol to ensure that they still have a spot when things start to get back to normal.

Mr Tehan explained the eligibility requirements for centres to receive the payments, and said "if you are a centre, you have to be open to receive these payments". Your child does not have to have started childcare to be eligible for this this benefit.

About one per cent of the population has been tested, or more than 1000 tests per 100,000. They will meet again tomorrow morning (3 April).

National Cabinet is also considering short-term intervention for commercial tenancy arrangements.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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