‘God Bless Australia’: Fired-up Scott Morrison gives rousing speech thanking Victorians for crushing coronavirus – and says families should be positive about the future
After Victoria recorded zero cases of Covid-19 for two days in a row, the prime minister said he wanted Aussies to gather with their families at Christmas and look forward to 2021.
‘This Christmas I want Australians to come around that table and talk about 2021 with positivity, with hope, with aspiration,’ he said.
‘Looking forward to what they are going to do, the schools the kids are going to go to, the training courses that are going to do, the jobs they will have… because in this country we have one of if not the best record of managing the health and economic impact of this pandemic of any country in the world. God bless Australia.’
Mr Morrison thanked Victoria’s critical workers for putting their lives on the line to fight the virus and keep essential services running during the state’s second wave which has killed almost 800 people.
‘I thank all of those who have worked, whether in aged care, childcare, distribution centres, schools, hospitals, wherever they have been, they have been champions of this country in a time of crisis and I thank them for every single sacrifice,’ he said.
The prime minister also said the cost of Victoria’s 15-week lockdown was high, with 1,200 jobs lost per day.
‘It has been a heavy blow. There are so many Victorians who will carry the scars of this lockdown for years to come,’ he said.