Following reports of the cancellation of up to 20,000 creative work opportunities, large scale job-losses and over $50 million in lost income, Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, today used Parliament to call for more support for the creative industries.
“Now more than ever, Queenslanders are looking to their leaders and government for reassurance, direction and leadership. It is clear COVID-19 is shaping up to have devastating effects on our economy,” Mr Bleijie said.
“One of the hardest hit sectors to date is of course the creative industries.
“I have been personally contacted by devastated business owners and contractors, from DJ’s and musicians to pyrotechnicians, concerned about their immediate future and that of the entertainment and event industry.
“Of course, many of the workers in this industry live contract to contract, or gig to gig, and supplement their work with employment in the hospitality industry, which is also obviously significantly affected at this time.
“It is essential that this state government does not leave all the heavy lifting to the federal government. At a state level we must coordinate initiatives to support Queensland workers and businesses experiencing unprecedented income loss as a result of event cancellations.
“This is not a time for panic, but it is important this state government has the initiatives and framework in place to reassure the public and prevent a health crisis from becoming a jobs crisis.
Mr Bleijie said the response by the Palaszczuk government to date to simply defer payroll tax and offer interest free loans, which all need to be paid back, didn’t match the significance of the crisis.
“I am very pleased to see that the Morrison Government has announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australian’s in jobs and support businesses and households and I understand the Prime Minister is looking at a second package,” he said.
“We need to ensure that the Palaszczuk state government steps up to the plate and commits their fair share to help households and businesses through this crisis.”
Mr Bleijie pointed to the $2.4 Billion economic package announced today by the NSW State Government and said Queensland should be looking at protecting businesses and jobs, providing electricity relief, cost of living pressures and building infrastructure to get Queensland moving.