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Our One Year Anniversay

One year ago, Australians put their trust in our government. It is a privilege to be re-elected as the Member for Cook, and as your Prime Minister.

 

At the time I said it was a victory for the quiet Australians. It is those quiet Australians who continue to be at the forefront of my mind during all the decisions I must make.

 

No-one could have foreseen the challenges Australia would face since then.

 

Over summer, we all saw the devastation across communities by the bushfires and floods, after years of drought. The clean-up and rebuilding is now moving ahead. Around $1.5 billion will be spent by the end of June on tens of thousands of regional businesses, farmers, households and communities in affected areas.

 

Then the global COVID-19 pandemic hit us. By March, cases of coronavirus were increasing at a rate of 25-30% per day.

 

We moved to quickly shut our borders, and by forming a new National Cabinet to ensure states and territories all worked closely together with the Commonwealth to fight the virus and the economic damage it would cause.

 

Our response has been tailored and based on the advice of medical experts.

 

By April, the health crisis became an economic crisis as measures to stop the spread and save lives had real impacts on jobs and the economy. 

 

Again, Australians have faced adversity with resilience, courage and compassion. Our true Aussie spirit continues to shine through, even on our darkest days.

 

The job of our Government has been to back Australians through this crisis with unprecedented support.

 

Delivering the biggest economic lifeline in Australia’s history. This includes the JobKeeper program, helping businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19 with the costs of their employees’ wages so more Australians can retain their jobs and businesses can restart quickly when the crisis is over.

 

Australia is beginning the long road to recovery. There will be risks, there will be challenges, and there will be setbacks. We will stick together though and we will come out the other side. We must not allow our fear of going backwards to stop us going forwards.

 

A year ago, I promised we would work to keep our economy strong, keep Australians safe and keep Australians together. This is still my promise.