Curve flattened, time to restart the economy: Australian PM

Curve flattened, time to restart the economy: Australian PM, by Olivia Caisley.

Scott Morrison has warned that after successfully “flattening the curve” of coronavirus cases, the nation’s next challenge is unemployment and getting nearly one million Australians back to work.

Following a meeting of the national cabinet on Tuesday the Prime Minister said it was time to restart the economy. …

Immigration:

Scott Morrison says he does not anticipate any changes to his government’s cap on permanent migration with the figure expected to remain at 160,000 a year.

It comes after the Prime Minister revealed last week that overseas net migration was forecast to fall by about 85 per cent to about 36,000 people in 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic. …

Opposition home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally courted controversy on the weekend after she called on the Morrison government to use the COVID-19 border closures to reconsider the country’s economic reliance on temporary migrants and encourage unemployed Australians to fill labour gaps.