World News – UA – Trucking boss Lindsay Fox calls for support for PM’s ‘tough decisions’


Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews received backing for his tough measures to tackle his state’s coronavirus outbreak from an unlikely quarter

Trucking mogul Lindsay Fox urged the business community to find solutions and work together to tackle the deadly virus that devastated Victoria

« They spend so much time throwing stones rather than trying to find a way to fix the problem »

M’s comments Fox intervened after it was revealed on Wednesday that the executives of seven major companies – Wesfarmers, Commonwealth Bank, BHP, Orica, Incitec Pivot, Newcrest and Coca-Cola Amatil – wrote to Mr. Andrews asking him to allow businesses to reopen

« We urge you now, in light of recent excellent progress, to allow the prudent and gradual return to the workplace of office workers and the small businesses that provide services to them, » they write

« Safely opening more Victorian workplaces, based on medical advice and guidance, and enabling the collaboration and creativity that will result, is essential for the economic future of our state »

The letter follows sustained pressure from state and federal opponents against Mr. Andrews to lock down Victoria to bring outbreak under control There has been an increasingly heated war of words between the Prime Minister and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg – Australia’s longest-serving Liberal – this week

But the trucking mogul, M Fox, said if he disagrees with all of the Andrews government’s decisions in its battle against the coronavirus that killed 817 Victorians, the business community should support the prime minister

« To the Prime Minister’s credit, he got the bullets to overcome the problem that started and he succeeded where other people all over the world now have a second bite three times worse than the first round, « he told ABC radio on Wednesday

« Some tough decisions have to be made and it was hard enough to take them I disagree with them but they had to be made because we are coming out of them now »

M Andrews has previously said he will announce « very important steps » towards reopening Melbourne if Victoria’s recent trend of reducing COVID cases continues

There were three new infections on Wednesday, another single-digit day that brought Melbourne’s 14-day average down to 62

The city’s mystery cases – another key benchmark – have also dropped They are at 10

« We really hoped on Sunday that we could make some announcements about the future and if these numbers stay in trend we can do it, » said M Andrews Wednesday

He also apologized for the short-lived decision to allow crowds to attend two race meetings in Melbourne this weekend

Approval has been given to up to 500 owners and connections to attend Friday night’s Manikato Stakes and the Cox Plate on Saturday The approval was canceled on Tuesday evening after an instant reaction

« I guess I can only be clear and that was bad judgment, » M said on Wednesday. Andrews

« I apologize for any problem this has caused and again I’m not here to defend the decision We fundamentally changed this, it’s not happening on Saturday »

M Andrews admitted the plan was canceled due to community response, not due to a flaw in the approval process

« It went through the normal process, but it was not the right decision. I’ll do this »

The reversal of the decision was announced by Racing Minister Martin Pakula in a late-night tweet

« As Minister of Racing I was the one who pursued this on behalf of the industry, I can’t resist this, I’m not afraid of the fact that I was pushing him and proposed it, but it was a mistake ”, declared M Pakula at ABC Radio Melbourne

« I was quickly made aware of the community reaction I spoke to the Moonee Valley Racing Club and happy to raise my hand and say ‘badly’ and the decision was overturned last night »

The Victorian government said measures in the approved COVID security plan for the events included a cap on numbers, phased arrivals, time limits and temperature checks

In total, there would have been a maximum of 1,250 people on the course for each race meeting, including jockeys, club operations staff, security, COVID commissioners and the media

Lindsay Fox

World News – AU – Trucking boss Lindsay Fox urges support for Prime Minister’s ‘tough decisions’


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