The Victorian premier says he expects the federal government to “step up” and help those in need after the state was sent into its fifth hard lockdown.
The five-day snap lockdown was outlined on Thursday after the state recorded more than a dozen new cases in just 48 hours, after a crew of infected removalists and a NSW family returned to the state.
New positive infections have sparked a swath of venue alerts, including the MCG.
While outlining lockdown measures, Daniel Andrews confessed he had been texting back and forth with Scott Morrison discussing a cash incentive.
But a Commonwealth relief package is only available when a lockdown lasts seven days or longer.
“All week there has been a bit of banter, and back and forth, between our government and the Commonwealth,” Mr Andrews said.
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“All we have sought to do and what I think we have done is remind the Commonwealth government that, at every point, they have said that packages of support and measures and policies and plans are based on need.
“Well, there is need in Victoria from 11.59pm tonight.
“And we expect the Commonwealth government will step up and help those people who need the help.”
He is confident Victorians will be able to get their hands on a pro rata payment given the lockdown, at this stage, is five days, not the full week.
“I’m very confident that the Prime Minister has heard our message loud and clear this week,” Mr Andrews said.
It comes after the Victorian government released a scathing statement, slamming the Commonwealth for playing favourites by offering a package to NSW businesses during its latest outbreak.
“Victorians are rightly sick and tired of having to beg for every scrap of support from the federal government,” a spokesman for the state government said earlier this week.
But Mr Andrews said on Thursday he just wanted everyone to get a fair deal.
“I want whatever the need is … that need to be met,” he said.
“It’s not foreign aid. We’re not a different country. We make a contribution and we expect the national government supports us.”
Victorians will only be allowed to leave their homes for a number of reasons when the entire state enters the lockdown at midnight.
The state recorded two further Covid-19 cases in addition to 12 infections officially announced earlier on Thursday.
Originally published as Dan’s desperate pitch to the PM