In Parliament

Members Statement - COVID-19


Thursday, 23 April 2020

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton):

Many businesses impacted by the coronavirus health pandemic have raised their concerns about the Victorian government’s business support measures.

I have already raised concerns with the Premier about the Business Support Fund’s criteria, and notably he has expanded the eligibility. But there is more to be done.

Other businesses, including sole traders and those whose payrolls have collapsed this year, remain ineligible despite being in desperate need of support.

Businesses have raised similar issues about the payroll tax relief measures.

Businesses in hospitality, like the Pantry, which is operated by Daniel Vaughan and Guy Mainwaring, should have access to support based on their current figures. The Pantry has been in Brighton for 30 years and employs 150 people.

Many others like them deserve support.