‘You will never know’ if Victoria’s lockdowns were ‘truly necessary’: Cormann

Share this & earn $10
Sky News Australia
Published at : 18 Oct 2020
9332 views
144
39

Keeping Victorians locked down would be “entirely unreasonable” given Victoria’s plummeting daily case count and Friday’s figure of two infections and zero deaths, outgoing Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says.

“There should be an effort now to ease restrictions into something that’s proportionate to the level of threat,” he told Sky News.

“The opportunity is there now to have something much more sensible in place moving forward.”

The new figures push the 14-day average case count for metropolitan Melbourne to 8.7 while regional Victoria remains steady at 0.6.

Mr Cormann said he sympathised with Victorians cooped up in the state.

“I feel for our fellow Australians in Victoria who’ve had to live with these sorts of restrictions for a very long time,” he said.
“That clearly has had very devastating consequences on the Victorian economy, and it’s had very negative, flow-on consequences, on the Australian economy.”

When asked if the extreme lockdowns of Victoria were necessary, Mr Cormann said Australia would never know.

“You will never know the counterfactual, you will never know whether the full extent of what’s been imposed was truly necessary, but we are where we are.”

Mr Cormann said Australia’s job numbers would have continued to grow in the last month if it wasn’t for the “drag” from Victoria.

“Victoria is clearly continuing to drag the national economy down and clearly we would want to see steps taken to re-open and remove restrictions on the Victorian economy as soon as possible,” he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews is due to announce the next step on the roadmap to re-opening on Sunday.

The announcement could include an expansion of the five-kilometre travel limit, increased outdoor gatherings and the introduction of household bubbles.
politicsmsnstefanovic

How Exercise Changes Your Brain and Reduces Your Risk of Depression with Brendon Stubbs

How Exercise Changes Your Brain and Reduces Your Risk of Depression with Brendon Stubbs

Mac DeMarco // "Ode to Viceroy" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Mac DeMarco // "Ode to Viceroy" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

ISCAR TIP TALK - Machining Hardened Steel

ISCAR TIP TALK - Machining Hardened Steel

How to make your own vanity | DIY VANITY

How to make your own vanity | DIY VANITY

2pac - Starin' Through My Rear View (Music Video)

2pac - Starin' Through My Rear View (Music Video)

Draft Horses And Equipment Working Together In The Woods

Draft Horses And Equipment Working Together In The Woods

Top 10 Healthiest Foods

Top 10 Healthiest Foods

Queer Parents & Their Queer Kids Play Truth or Drink | Truth or Drink | Cut

Queer Parents & Their Queer Kids Play Truth or Drink | Truth or Drink | Cut

10 Types of Among Us Players

10 Types of Among Us Players

Joeboy - All for you (Visualizer remake by Uncle Azeez)

Joeboy - All for you (Visualizer remake by Uncle Azeez)

Ed Sheeran - Don't [Official Video]

Ed Sheeran - Don't [Official Video]

The Trans Video Game Designer With Tourettes | TOTALLY GAME

The Trans Video Game Designer With Tourettes | TOTALLY GAME

Big Business festival RCM Giving Free Products ,Car, Bikes and many more

Big Business festival RCM Giving Free Products ,Car, Bikes and many more

"5 Best Ways To Utilize This Free Time Period"

"5 Best Ways To Utilize This Free Time Period"

Inside Edition Reporter Documents COVID-19 Battle

Inside Edition Reporter Documents COVID-19 Battle

THE OTHER THING | Award-winning Short Film

THE OTHER THING | Award-winning Short Film

God is No Respecter of Person

God is No Respecter of Person

"In a Heartbeat" - A Film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo

"In a Heartbeat" - A Film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo

Oral-B Genius Electric Toothbrush - Smart Ring, Choose from 12 Colours

Oral-B Genius Electric Toothbrush - Smart Ring, Choose from 12 Colours

Cristiano Ronaldo ● Complete Attacker 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo ● Complete Attacker 2017

Assured Builders And Assured Property Management, WInnipeg MB CANADA - Portfolio

Assured Builders And Assured Property Management, WInnipeg MB CANADA - Portfolio

Why Australia Doesn't Speak Dutch

Why Australia Doesn't Speak Dutch

In English grammar How to make comparisons more the most er and the best English subtitles

In English grammar How to make comparisons more the most er and the best English subtitles

Is it Safe to eat Moldy Bread? | #aumsum #kids #science #education #children

Is it Safe to eat Moldy Bread? | #aumsum #kids #science #education #children

Better Than Analytics: Record Your Web Site Visitors' Sessions And Play It Back Like Video

Better Than Analytics: Record Your Web Site Visitors' Sessions And Play It Back Like Video

THE DIRT KITCHEN - CR500R

THE DIRT KITCHEN - CR500R

Creating a Website Using Ms Word

Creating a Website Using Ms Word

Manglita (80) Suffering from Jiggers & Extended Grief!

Manglita (80) Suffering from Jiggers & Extended Grief!

TM NETWORK  YOU CAN FIND(2007)です

TM NETWORK  YOU CAN FIND(2007)です

Last Minute Stock Up Pantry Preps

Last Minute Stock Up Pantry Preps

FOODIE BEAUTY VIOLATES YOUTUBE TERMS OF SERVICE!!

FOODIE BEAUTY VIOLATES YOUTUBE TERMS OF SERVICE!!

A Relatively Cute Moment In One Piece

A Relatively Cute Moment In One Piece

Funny Moments in Training ● Salah, Mbappe, Ronaldo

Funny Moments in Training ● Salah, Mbappe, Ronaldo

Waiariki electorate explained | Local Focus

Waiariki electorate explained | Local Focus

EN | Bosch Multi-camera system – All-around vision when parking and maneuvering

EN | Bosch Multi-camera system – All-around vision when parking and maneuvering

Fleet Foxes - A Long Way Past The Past (Cover) by Brady Jacquin

Fleet Foxes - A Long Way Past The Past (Cover) by Brady Jacquin

माइतीघर मण्डलामा किसान नारा ‘सानो छ खेत ठुलो छ सरकार

माइतीघर मण्डलामा किसान नारा ‘सानो छ खेत ठुलो छ सरकार

FUNNY DRAWING CHALLENGES, hacks and pranks for the whole family

FUNNY DRAWING CHALLENGES, hacks and pranks for the whole family

My Urban Get Home Bag

My Urban Get Home Bag

No Use For a Name - For Fiona (Official Video)

No Use For a Name - For Fiona (Official Video)

"It's WORTHWHILE Taking RISKS!" - Sundar Pichai - #Entspresso

"It's WORTHWHILE Taking RISKS!" - Sundar Pichai - #Entspresso

Lung Infections: Classification, Symptoms & Treatment – Respiratory Medicine | Lecturio

Lung Infections: Classification, Symptoms & Treatment – Respiratory Medicine | Lecturio

DJ Snake, Lauv - A Different Way (Official Video)

DJ Snake, Lauv - A Different Way (Official Video)

Phases in Project Management

Phases in Project Management

Surprising KYLE from NELK with his dream car!

Surprising KYLE from NELK with his dream car!

Aerobic cu Rely la TvArad

Aerobic cu Rely la TvArad

Types of Students in Class - Back to School

Types of Students in Class - Back to School

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

Percival, the Plain Little Caterpillar

Percival, the Plain Little Caterpillar