Budget 2021 reaction: splash of cash but universities and renewables left in the cold – Australia politics live updates
We want the vaccines to be rolled out quickly and effectively and safely as soon as possible.
We want as many people to be get vaccinated as possible. It is the key to opening up the economy.
We want it to succeed, and when it comes to confidence – we want the Australian people to have the capacity to be confident about the rollout of this vaccine.
But this has been a shambles from the beginning. All of this over promising and underdelivering.
On Sunday, we had the prime minister and the treasurer contradict each other.
We’ve had in the last 24 hours, the treasurer and the prime minister contradict each other. It’s remarkable that in the budget, they had an opportunity to come clean on the costs and consequences of the prime minister’s vaccination debacle. They didn’t take it.
We still are none the wiser. It’s more confusing now than it was before the weekend what the government’s vaccination target is and what that means for the economy.
And all of us know that we are hostage to the prime minister’s incompetence on vaccines and quarantine.
The economy will not properly open up until they get this right. They’ve given us no confidence that they’ve made any progress towards getting it right.
Meanwhile, other countries are vaccinating millions of people a day and we can’t even meet the most basic objectives that the prime minister has set out for himself.