Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison delays parliament due to COVID-19 spread

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 20, 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.

"The entry of a high-risk group of individuals could jeopardise the health situation in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and place residents at unnecessary risk of infection", Kelly said.

"It's my health care guidance, despite suggested reduction measures, these dangers are significantly greater in the circumstance of a sitting period as a result of amount of men traveling from Victoria along with the inevitable blending with ACT inhabitants, Members, Senators, employees and people in Parliament House".

'I have written to the Speaker to request that the sitting fortnight commencing August 4th, 2020 not be held'.

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

In a written statement, Morrison said "The government can not ignore the risk to parliamentarians, their staff, the staff within the parliament and the broader community".

The announcement means parliament will not reconvene until at least August 24, having resumed on June 8.

Camera IconOpposition pioneer Anthony Albanese says that the Government should sit throughout the COVID-19 catastrophe.

Australia's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government will issue further income support to tackle deteriorating confidence across the country, in addition to an existing A$70 billion ($49 billion) in wage subsidies.

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The Senate president Scott Ryan tweeted he had received the request to defer the scheduled sitting and said Labor's leader in the Senate Penny Wong had "concurred with this request".

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