“Extraordinary” state authorities must end as Australians learn to live with COVID-19: Treasurer

Australia’s Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg said the “extraordinary” power given to the Prime Minister during COVID-19 should slowly diminish as the economy recovers and lives return to normal. ..

“The pandemic was pretty unusual in that it made the premier role stand out. I think they didn’t have it for decades.” Frydenberg said Australian Financial Review.

“It’s a bit confusing because the general public is usually looking to the federal government to make big decisions that affect their lives. Whether it’s tax policy or national security policy. Whether it’s a border or a border. “

Many state prime ministers and supreme health officials with urgent authority to impose public health orders under the 2015 Biosecurity Security Act are also very pleased to announce a sudden blockade in response to a single-digit incident. I’m out.

“Suddenly there was a state prime minister explaining whether he could have a picnic with a friend, go to a loved one’s funeral, or travel more than 10km from his home,” Frydenberg said. I am.

“This is an extraordinary level of power that the state has received thanks to public health orders. After this pandemic, we want to go back to the old way … decline because that authority is not needed. When you do. “

Frydenberg wanted to return to normal as Australians learned to live with the virus.

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Artist Richard Bell’s work will be featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney, Australia, on October 12, 2021. (Lisa Marie Williams / Getty Images)

Freidenberg commented that last week Australian workers opposed forced vaccination and workers in different sectors were about to be vaccinated, resulting in national strikes in dozens of cities across the country. It is after it has been done.

Efforts among Australians to resist blockades and mandatory vaccines continue among organizations such as National Education United and Reignite Democracy Australia.

The Telegram Group is also a hub for Australians to coordinate and share their efforts and resources, including sending letters, signing petitions, filing proceedings and organizing peaceful demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Australia is working on a national roadmap for resumption, with vaccination thresholds lifted to 70% and 80% in each state.

However, long-term blockades in two of Australia’s most populous states have hurt the national economy, and the Treasury predicts a “potentially more than 3 percent” contraction.

“Delta was a game changer” Frydenberg said City Australia and New Zealand Investment Conference. “That said, there is now light at the end of the tunnel.”

Frydenberg also said the high national vaccination rate put the economy in a strong position for the New Year.

“I am confident that the Australian economy will recover strongly,” he said. “Labor market strength, household consumption, and housing markets will remain strong for the rest of the year.”

Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

Rebecca Chu