Coronavirus crisis to force two-week suspension of Federal Parliament

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 18, 2020

He has advised Mr Morrison that there are "significant risks" associated with a meeting of parliament in the context of the increased community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria and the trends in NSW.

"He counsels that, despite suggested reduction measures, the dangers posed by a sitting are higher and not to be solved within another month", Mr Morrison said.

The acting CMO's advice has been 'The entrance of a high risk group of people may jeopardise the health problem in the ACT and put residents at unnecessary risk of disease. In addition, the health risk to Members and Senators and their staff from other jurisdictions is a material concern.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday delayed the opening of parliament for several weeks as the new coronavirus continued spreading through the country's two most populous states.

'The government can not ignore the risk to parliamentarians, their staff, the staff within the parliament, and the broader community of the ACT that holding a parliamentary sitting would create, ' Mr Morrison said.

"It isn't possible nor desirable to maintain a sitting of parliament which could exclude parliamentarians from one nation", he explained.

" Our Commonwealth parliament should have representatives from all members of our federation and it is the duty of Parliamentarians to attend parliament, if it is scheduled". Lawmakers are expected to meet in the capital Canberra on August 24 instead of August 4.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said his Labor party accepted the government's move to cancel the next sitting but said there should have been more opportunities for a discussion.

"Today's announcement is great news for jobs in the screen sector - we know for every two jobs created in the screen industry, another job is supported elsewhere in the economy, in hospitality, travel, accommodation and trades", Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said.

"3 thousand people are unsure about their jobs moving past September, little companies are unsure regarding what service they will get".

"Parliaments are sitting throughout the world during this hard time".

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