Dr Zaius wrote: ↑January 29, 2021, 11:04 pm
Azza wrote:Yep, and the sniping is now commencing between NSW, QLD and the Federal Government over Pala's demand the Federal Government extend Jobkeeper for the tourism industry, ignoring her disproportionately aggressive border policies.
My sister twice booked her family of five for a trip to Cairns last year. Twice she had to cancel because of border restrictions, despite coming from a rural NSW town that had not had a case since March.
In the meantime Anastasia was giving reassurances that Northern Queensland was busy with Queensland tourists, and ignoring Federal Health advice to restrict hotspots only.
And then the election happened and Anastasia is happy to follow the Federal hotspot model, but wants a Federal bailout because the tourism industry has been decimated. The same tourism industry that was apparently going gang busters before the election, flooded with Queensland tourists.
It's probably not Gladys' place to comment on this, but she's not wrong.
Tourism is the flag ship for this extended jobkeeper campaign, but there are other industries hurting and about to collapse due to border/capacity restrictions. I’m in the mass participation sporting event business, and we haven’t been able to raise a worthwhile client invoice since about April last year. 1200 events were cancelled last year nationally due to event capacity restrictions and non covid compliance.
It’s easy for people to say ‘go do something else’ but the industry will begin to collapse at the conclusion of the jobkeeper program, and the knock on effects are wide ranging. Think of the supplier industry’s like marquee hire, traffic control, first aid suppliers etc that have lost a huge bulk of their income also due to these events being cancelled, there are companies that base their entire year around events such as Sydney Marathon, Gold Coast Supercars race, Clipsal 500, Melbourne Cup etc and with no participants, crowds etc, they have lost their core business.
Mass participation events are responsible for $70 million of charity funds raised annually in Australia.
The issue is, that if the support industry for these events collapse, when the restrictions ease to a point that events can progress, the ability to host them will be lost, or the financial viability will eliminate the reality of holding them due to lack of available industry.
Speaking to a colleague recently, they said with the loss of industry in qld already, it would be near impossible to host a Comm games style event in the next few years due to the supply chain having collapsed already.
What I think should happen is for companies to be means tested for future jobkeeper subsidies. Simply saying ‘Tourism’ gets it is narrow minded, I have started working second and third jobs to keep my family afloat, and one of them is with a tourism company that has never been busier and is achieving record numbers due to local domestic tourism increase. It would be a relatively simple step to prove more than 50% loss of income for the covid period (we are currently at approx 90%).
There are a LOT of industries that have grown or recovered, which makes the total economic picture look better overall, but there are certainly pockets really struggling still.