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Monash Experts: Victorian suburbs re-enter Stage 3 COVID-19 lockdowns

Monash University experts are available to comment on the announcement by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to enforce Stage 3 lockdowns on 36 suburbs to stop the community spread of COVID-19


Dr John Vaz, Senior Lecturer, Monash Business School

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Read more of Dr Vaz’s work on Monash Impact

  • The impact of enforced lockdowns on small businesses in impacted suburbs, and whether the $5000 grant from the Victorian Government will keep them afloat.

The following quotes can be attributed to Dr Vaz:

“The problem is the sector is very diverse from mum and dad businesses to quite large ones. $5000 will be a boon for the smaller ones, but that said, the smaller ones don’t have the reserves or credit lines to carry them. They generally have little working capital capacity or ability to employ people and utilise them if there is no demand to keep them busy.”


Dr Zareh Ghazarian, Politics Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences (Faculty of Arts)

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Read more of Dr Ghazarian’s commentary at Monash Lens 


  • The political implications of this decision


The following quotes can be attributed to Dr Ghazarian:

"Daniel Andrews' announcement this afternoon is not a surprising one. As we've seen over the past few days, Victoria is experiencing significant community transmission of coronavirus.


"What's alarming is the infection control breach in the hotel quarantine program and the subsequent increases in cases following this. A recent slip in the Premier's approval suggests that voters will be watching the government with a keen and critical eye over the coming days.


"It is positive to see the numbers of Australian Defence Force personnel, Victorian public health staff as well as help from the Commonwealth in managing testing.


"Will this work? Only time will tell, but the rest of Victoria - and no doubt the rest of Australia - will be watching."


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