THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR WATSON
Of course there should be a Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit in the Federal Treasury.
There should also be formal consultation mechanisms for workers and their unions who are just as anxious and just as deserving of better channels of communication and advice.
Labor wrote to the Treasurer 39 days ago, and again 30 days ago, to call for better information and more support, information and guidance for industries and businesses at risk or already impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.
For too long there's been an unmet hunger for more information to be provided to the business community to help them make well-informed decisions at a difficult time for them and their workers.
Labor will play a constructive, responsible, supportive role during this outbreak and that includes injecting a sense of urgency when it is lacking or absent.
In order to avoid the problems associated with the bushfire relief packages the Government needs to engage with business and unions more actively than they have been.
This is a welcome, belated, step in the right direction.