Scott Morrison – His identify’s Scott and he’s right here to assist
Queensland’s drought restoration would be the focus when Scott Morrison touches down within the state’s central west at this time for a four-day blitz.
It is going to start with a go to to Quilpie and checking in on graziers Stephen and Annabel Tully, whom he visited in his first journey as prime minister only a week after taking the highest job.
He will probably be hitting central, western and northwestern Queensland to examine how drought-stricken communities have finished since that first journey in August 2018, whereas he’s additionally anticipated to go to a mine.
The pre-Australia Day go to, sometimes the starter’s pistol for the political 12 months, exhibits the significance of the state as a possible election looms any time after August.
Mr Morrison has not dominated out calling an election this 12 months, regardless of saying he intends to be a “full-term” Prime Minister, and might want to maintain key regional Queensland seats like Flynn, Leichhardt and Capricornia to retain energy.
It follows Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Growth Minister Michael McCormack’s flying go to final week, whereas Opposition chief Anthony Albanese had deliberate his personal sojourn to the sunshine state which needed to be postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions and his latest automobile crash.
Mr Morrison will face questions over the financial system, as his authorities prepares to finish JobKeeper in March, whereas a lot of the state’s north and central areas nonetheless face excessive unemployment.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated on Monday that JobKeeper was not the one financial assist for enterprise and households, pointing to the tax cuts, HomeBuilder grants and JobMaker hiring credit score.
“Jobs are coming again, and that the financial system is choosing up as restrictions are eased and as we’re attending to the opposite aspect of this once-in-a-century pandemic,” he stated.
Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers stated the financial restoration wanted to incorporate job safety and wages progress.
“There is not any respectable restoration and not using a restoration in wages. It is so simple as that,” he stated.
Forward of Friday’s Nationwide Cupboard Mr Morrison additionally stated he strongly backed the Palaszczuk Authorities’s latest three-day lockdown, saying it was a case of being “protected not sorry”.
“That was coping with a brand new circumstance, we had a brand new pressure of the virus, we did not know the way rapidly it was going to maneuver. We needed to give our contract tracers time to get on prime of it rapidly,” he stated on 2GB.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s proposal to quarantine returning Australians in mining lodging is predicted to by mentioned at Nationwide Cupboard.
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd stated he was “fully in opposition to the thought”.
“City centres, similar to Brisbane, are much better geared up with hospital services together with different medical companies to deal with the scenario,” he stated.
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