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Be a good egg - stay home this Easter

April 09, 2020

I am writing to you from pARLIAMENT where a reduced number of MPs and Senators have been sitting to pass the JobKeeper package. This is a health crisis with enormous economic and social consequences.

The important focus on physical health and financial assistance means our mental health and wellbeing may have been overlooked.

That is why I’ve dedicated this e-news update to checking in, focusing on taking care of yourself and your loved ones this Easter. Keep safe and stay in touch with your friends and family.

If you are feeling distressed, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14
or if you need urgent care, please call 000.

If you need help with any federal government matter contact my office on emma.mcbride.mp@aph.gov.au or simply call 43530127.

The Opposition is working constructively during this period. When the Government has made the right decisions, we’ve supported them.

When we have seen gaps, we’ve offered improvements.

It is good that the Government has taken up our suggestions on issues like rent assistance, tele-health and financial help for students.
We are also pleased the Government accepted our suggestion to help thousands of working people by increasing the wage their partner could earn from $48,000 to $79,000 before their COVID-19 assistance payments cut out.
We welcome the Government’s $750-a-week wage subsidy, which it rejected when Labor first raised the idea.
This is a national crisis and, above all, we want the Government to get the policy right.

Our lives, our community, will be changed by this experience. For now, physical distancing and staying close to home is the best way to flatten the curve and make sure it stays flat.

Stay safe, stay home and stay connected.

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