Australia Frydenberg urges states to show more consistency on borders
A company gave back $1.7 million in JobKeeper payments after a spike in sales – but the treasurer says other businesses don't need to do the same
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says companies which recorded strong profits over the last financial year won't be required to pay back the JobKeeper subsidy payments they may have accrued. The statement comes after Super Retail Group, which operates Rebel Sports and SuperCheap Auto, today volunteered to pay back $1.7 million in taxpayer subsidies following an extraordinary spike in sales. Successful companies which received JobKeeper support "have no legal obligation to repay that JobKeeper amount," Frydenberg said. Visit Business Insider Australia’s homepage for more stories.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has urged states to follow Federal Government.
Speaking in Melbourne, Mr Frydenberg said the economic outlook would be improved if state leaders applied.
"My position is clear: closed borders cost jobs. We have to take the medical advice but we have also seen the Commonwealth work very hard on a national definition of hot spot.
"I would love to see that national definition of a hot spot adhered to by the states. I think it would bring a lot more certainty for business and I think that would mean more jobs and, as we know, the tourism industry in particular and the aviation sector have been hit really hard by those closed borders at the end of last year."
Mariners hope de Silva can deliver
Central Coast coach Alen Stajcic believes Daniel de Silva is one of the best players in the A-League at his best, but needs to find consistency in his game.The 23-year-old was regarded as one of Australia's best young talents after making his A-League debut at just 15, but this season shapes as an important one to deliver on that potential.
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Mr Frydenberg stressed that expert health advice should be paramount in pandemic border policies.
"So many families had their travel plans interrupted with very short notice. So, yes, we need to take the health advice. [It] must be our first and foremost priority. Always follow health advice. At the same time, need a level of consistency around the approach to borders and the national definition of hot spot is a good way to go."
Mr Frydenberg also said the Federal Government was yet to receive details of proposals by some states for converting remote former mining camps in quarantine centres for returned international travellers.
NSW records seventh 'doughnut day' as no local coronavirus infections found
Three cases of coronavirus were found in mandatory hotel quarantine, bringing NSW's total cases to just shy of 5,000 since the pandemic began.There were three cases acquired overseas, but all remain in mandatory quarantine.
"We have had lots of ideas that have been put forward but we have not seen concrete proposals, and as the Prime Minister said late last week, he has an open mind, but obviously we need to focus on the standards of our quarantine system and local communities need to be fully engaged and obviously supportive of such measures."
Mr Frydenberg also took a swipe at tech giant Google that threatened to withdraw services from Australia over the government's planned media industry code.
"Google and other digital giants should focus not on blocking users in Australia accessing domestic content, they should focus on paying for it."
Kevin Andrews toppled in preselection battle for Menzies .
Veteran conservative Kevin Andrews was challenged by a former special forces captain for a sought-after Liberal Party seat in Melbourne's eastern suburbs on Sunday.Liberal MP Kevin Andrews, the former defence minister known for his social conservatism and the longest-serving member of Federal Parliament, has become the first federal Liberal since 1990 to be unseated in a party preselection in Victoria.