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Walsh wants compensation

PETER Walsh will be using this week’s sitting of State Parliament to demand compensation for regional businesses impacted by the snap lockdown.

The Nationals leader and member for Murray Plains said the State Government had caused enormous and unnecessary damage to regional businesses.

“(Premier Daniel) Andrews has been consistent in his destruction of regional Victorian business,” Mr Walsh said.

“This time he launched his next attack on the cusp of a Valentine’s Day weekend – the first opportunity since Christmas-New Year was ruined for local business to have a big weekend.

“Florists had the red roses piled high, restaurants and accommodation were booked out and then ‘boom’ Daniel shut it all down without a second thought.

“I will be in Parliament this week demanding compensation for all of them.”

Mr Walsh said the area had been without COVID cases for months.

“Regional Victoria is paying too heavy a price for the hotel quarantine and contact tracing failures of the Andrews Government. A decision which still leaves regional Victoria paralysed – with businesses and jobs on the line,” he said.

Mr Walsh said regional Victoria should be exempted from any future shutdowns simply because of hotel quarantine and contact tracing failures in Melbourne.

“Those of us in the regions are paying the price for the staggering incompetence.”

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