Advances to the Finance Minister in the week ending Friday 16 April 2021

This week I made $475.8 million in additional funding available to support the Government’s response to the COVID‑19 pandemic by using the Advance to the Finance Minister (the AFM) through one determination. The determination provided $475.8 million to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to support the aviation sector consistent with details…

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Interview on Sky News Live, AM Agenda with Laura Jayes

Topics: Economic recovery; vaccination rollout; employment figures; Christine Holgate; 16/04/2021 09:20AM Laura Jayes: Australian businesses are being told to grab the baton and run as consumer confidence fuels Australia’s jobs recovery. Unemployment has beat expectations, falling five point six per cent in March. But, well, ongoing concerns over the nation’s vaccine rollout have an impact…

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Doorstop, Parliament House, Canberra

Topics: AstraZeneca vaccine; vaccine rollout; international borders 09/04/2021 10:00AM Journalist: The vaccine roll out. Clearly all Australians are not going to receive their first vaccination by the end of the year.   Simon Birmingham: This is very disappointing, very disappointing the circumstances that have occurred in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Australia still has contract…

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Interview on Sky News Live, AM Agenda with Laura Jayes

Topics: AstraZeneca vaccine; vaccine rollout; reopening borders; Parliament House workplace conduct 09/04/2021 09:20AM Laura Jayes: To the Finance Minister, Simon Birmingham. Simon Birmingham, we sit here this morning with more uncertainty over the vaccine. Is there some stuff up from government along the way here?   Simon Birmingham: No, there’s not. Laura, this is a…

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