WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT THE LOCKDOWN ENDS ON 28 AUGUST 2021
This a tough day for New South Wales, one of the toughest.
We know there is uncertainty and anxiety for many families, workers and businesses across Greater Sydney.
We have had 33 days in lockdown and now another four weeks.
NSW Labor continues to offer bi-partisan support for today’s announcements including the extension of the lockdown and the introduction of a singles bubble, based on the health advice.
We want this four week lockdown to be the last. Rolling four week lockdowns will sap community hope, damage our economy and risk a lack of compliance.
If further restrictions are required (beyond those announced today) based on the health advice and to ensure that we emerge from lockdown in four weeks’ time, they will get Labor’s support.
The latest government actions must be consistent and in the service of the publicly stated objective of getting infectious community COVID cases close to zero.
NSW Labor has been calling for the release of the health advice that these decisions are based on.
Given the sacrifice – both personal and economics – that the people of NSW are being forced to make, it’s only right that the Premier trusts us all and brings us into her confidence, to share the health advice and modelling.
Of particular interest would be NSW Health modelling showing that the latest regime of restrictions will see cases at close to zero in four weeks’ time.
We all want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, when it comes to getting through the current COVID outbreak, and commencing the pathway to recovery.
NSW Labor also welcomes the extra business support, as well as expanding the eligibility for and increasing the rate of the COVID Disaster Payment in line with JobKeeper, which we have called for, for some time.
No one in NSW should be worse off or face financial hardship for doing the right thing and following the health orders.
This is a win for the businesses, workers and residents of NSW.
Together, we will get through this.
CHRIS MINNS MP
NSW LABOR LEADER
RYAN PARK MP
NSW SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
DANIEL MOOKHEY MLC