PM addresses the media on stimulus, restrictions

Details of PM's new stimulus

The number of coronavirus cases in Australia is now well over 1000, and it's expected to rise even further today.

There are 1122 confirmed cases across the country, with 436 in NSW, 278 in Victoria, 221 in Queensland, 90 in Western Australia, 67 in South Australia, 16 in Tasmania, nine in the ACT and five in the Northern Territory.

Seven people have died, six of them in NSW.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to announce a second stimulus package today, adding $66 billion in new measures in an effort to help businesses survive the crisis.

And South Australia is considering the idea of shutting its borders to stop the virus spreading from interstate.

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Scott Morrison was asked why Australians "are not listening" to social distancing instructions.

"It is a challenge for Australians. It is very important, it is very serious, it is deadly serious, and that is why I would appeal to them that they all have a role to play," he said.

"People cannot be cavalier about these things and must take them extremely seriously, because lives and livelihoods are at stake."

He again mentioned the thousands of people at Bondi Beach.

"What we saw on the weekend at Bondi Beach would have been done innocently, but negligently done. And it is important that serves as a wake-up call for the entire country to ensure they take these social distancing policies very seriously," said Mr Morrison.

"The states are moving quickly to mandate and enforce them, and they will be taking even stronger measures in particular areas, and potentially more widespread."

The Prime Minister also took aim at venues like pubs and restaurants for flouting the health instructions.

"Pubs and clubs that are heaving with people on the weekend - that is simply an invitation for the states and territories to shut them down. If they are unable to get a handle on that, then they are bringing on what would be their worst outcome," he said.

"There is a responsibility, both of those who run those venues and the patrons who are going to those venues.

"I mean, coronavirus is not a secret. Everybody knows. It is wall-to-wall on every coverage, and every conversation happening around the country today.

"There is no excuse to say you do not know. You have to keep your healthy distance between each other. If Australians cannot do that, if they can't do that on a broader scale, they are denying the government and authorities the most important weapon we have to save lives and to save livelihoods.

"States and territories will have to take more severe responses to deal with that. We are simply appealing to people to show common sense, to respect each other and do the right thing when it comes to following these very simple rules."

Now we're into the details of the government's second stimulus package. I'll run you through the key points - refresh this post while I keep adding to it.

Now we're into the details of the government's second stimulus package, which takes Australia's total stimulus to $189 billion. I'll run you through the key points.

The Coronavirus Supplement

This will be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight over the next six months.

It will be given to existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

You get that money on top of your usual payments.

The government is increasing the staff of Services Australia by 5000.

The cost to the budget is $14.1 billion over the forward estimates.

Payments to some households

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced ten days ago, the government is giving another $750 to social security and veteran income support recipients, along with eligible concession card holders.

You only get this cash if you're not already receiving one of the payments eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement mentioned above.

This new $750 payment will be made from July 13.

The measure costs $4 billion.

Early release of superannuation

The government is allowing people in financial stress as a result of the virus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in the 2019-20 fiscal year, and another $10,000 in 2020-21.

You'll have to apply online through the myGov website. If approved, you will not need to pay tax on the money released.

This one costs the budget $1.2 billion.

Temporary reduction of minimum super drawdown rates

The government's temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50 per cent for this fiscal year and the next one.

This is designed to give retirees more flexibility in managing their superannuation assets.

Reduction in social security deeming rates

The government is reducing deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points on top of the measures announced in its first round of stimulus.

This measure reflects the Reserve Bank's rate reduction earlier this week.

The government estimates about 900,000 income support recipients, including pensioners, will benefit.

Thousands of dollars to businesses

Small and medium-sized businesses with turnover under $50 million, along with not-for-profit charities, will be eligible for a tax-free cash payment of up to $100,000.

The payment will be worth 100 per cent of the tax those entities withhold from their employees' salaries and wages.

Eligible businesses will get a minimum of $20,000.

This is a dramatic escalation of a previously announced policy, which limited the payment to a maximum of $25,000 and a minimum of $2000.

Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme

This scheme, available to banks and other lenders, will see the government guarantee half of a bank's loan to a small or medium enterprise impacted by the virus.

The scheme will support up to $40 billion in lending (meaning the government is guaranteeing $20 billion).

Once again, the threshold for eligibility is turnover under $50 million. This policy will apply to loans granted within six months, starting on April 1.

Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

The government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company, and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive.

This also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent.

Support for airlines

This one was announced a little earlier. It provides up to $715 million in support for Australian airlines and airports, to ensure the industry is not decimated by the crisis.

Now we're into the details of the government's second stimulus package. I'll run you through the key points - refresh this post while I keep adding to it.

The Coronavirus Supplement

This will be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight over the next six months.

It will be given to existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

You get that money on top of your usual payments.

The government is increasing the staff of Services Australia by 5000.

The cost to the budget is $14.1 billion over the forward estimates.

Payments to some households

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced ten days ago, the government is giving another $750 to social security and veteran income support recipients, along with eligible concession card holders.

You only get this cash if you're not already receiving one of the payments eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement mentioned above.

This new $750 payment will be made from July 13.

The measure costs $4 billion.

Early release of superannuation

The government is allowing people in financial stress as a result of the virus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in the 2019-20 fiscal year, and another $10,000 in 2020-21.

You'll have to apply online through the myGov website. If approved, you will not need to pay tax on the money released.

This one costs the budget $1.2 billion.

Temporary reduction of minimum super drawdown rates

The government's temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50 per cent for this fiscal year and the next one.

This is designed to give retirees more flexibility in managing their superannuation assets.

Reduction in social security deeming rates

The government is reducing deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points on top of the measures announced in its first round of stimulus.

This measure reflects the Reserve Bank's rate reduction earlier this week.

The government estimates about 900,000 income support recipients, including pensioners, will benefit.

Thousands of dollars to businesses

Small and medium-sized businesses with turnover under $50 million, along with not-for-profit charities, will be eligible for a tax-free cash payment of up to $100,000.

The payment will be worth 100 per cent of the tax those entities withhold from their employees' salaries and wages.

Eligible businesses will get a minimum of $20,000.

This is a dramatic escalation of a previously announced policy, which limited the payment to a maximum of $25,000 and a minimum of $2000.

Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme

This scheme, available to banks and other lenders, will see the government guarantee half of a bank's loan to a small or medium enterprise impacted by the virus.

The scheme will support up to $40 billion in lending (meaning the government is guaranteeing $20 billion).

Once again, the threshold for eligibility is turnover under $50 million. This policy will apply to loans granted within six months, starting on April 1.

The Coronavirus Supplement

This will be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight over the next six months.

It will be given to existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

You get that money on top of your usual payments.

The government is increasing the staff of Services Australia by 5000.

The cost to the budget is $14.1 billion over the forward estimates.

Payments to some households

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced ten days ago, the government is giving another $750 to social security and veteran income support recipients, along with eligible concession card holders.

You only get this cash if you're not already receiving one of the payments eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement mentioned above.

This new $750 payment will be made from July 13.

The measure costs $4 billion.

Early release of superannuation

The government is allowing people in financial stress as a result of the virus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in the 2019-20 fiscal year, and another $10,000 in 2020-21.

You'll have to apply online through the myGov website. If approved, you will not need to pay tax on the money released.

This one costs the budget $1.2 billion.

Temporary reduction of minimum super drawdown rates

The government's temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50 per cent for this fiscal year and the next one.

This is designed to give retirees more flexibility in managing their superannuation assets.

Reduction in social security deeming rates

The government is reducing deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points on top of the measures announced in its first round of stimulus.

This measure reflects the Reserve Bank's rate reduction earlier this week.

The government estimates about 900,000 income support recipients, including pensioners, will benefit.

The Coronavirus Supplement

This will be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight over the next six months.

It will be given to existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

You get that money on top of your usual payments.

The government is increasing the staff of Services Australia by 5000.

The cost to the budget is $14.1 billion over the forward estimates.

Payments to some households

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced ten days ago, the government is giving another $750 to social security and veteran income support recipients, along with eligible concession cardholders.

You only get this cash if you're not already receiving one of the payments eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement mentioned above.

This new $750 payment will be made from July 13.

The measure costs $4 billion.

Early release of superannuation

The government is allowing people in financial stress as a result of the virus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in the 2019-20 fiscal year, and another $10,000 in 2020-21.

You'll have to apply online through the myGov website. If approved, you will not need to pay tax on the money released.

This one costs the budget $1.2 billion.

Details of the stimulus package

Now we're into the details of the government's second stimulus package. I'll run you through the key points - refresh this post while I keep adding to it.

The Coronavirus Supplement

This will be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight over the next six months.

It will be given to existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

You get that money on top of your usual payments.

The government is increasing the staff of Services Australia by 5000.

The cost to the budget is $14.1 billion over the forward estimates.

Payments to some households

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced ten days ago, the government is giving another $750 to social security and veteran income support recipients, along with eligible concession cardholders.

You only get this cash if you're not already receiving one of the payments eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement mentioned above.

This new $750 payment will be made from July 13.

The measure costs $4 billion.

Too many Australians' flouting rules

The Prime Minister has once again urged Australians to practise proper social distancing, calling it our "most important weapon" against the spread of the virus.

"The more Australians themselves assist us in this fight against the virus to protect lives and livelihoods, the more and better able we are to ensure that Australia comes out stronger on the other side," Mr Morrison said.

"What happened at Bondi Beach yesterday was not OK, and served as a message to federal and state leaders that too many Australians are not taking these issues seriously enough," he said, referring to the thousands of people failing to follow the instructions.

"So the measures that we will be considering tonight mean that state premiers and chief ministers may have to take far more draconian measures to enforce social distancing, particularly in areas of outbreaks than might otherwise be the case."

That is, in essence, an acknowledgement that localised lockdowns will need to be introduced going forward.

"What that means is, what may be necessary in a part of Sydney may not be necessary at all in rural NSW, or in Perth, or other parts of the country," he said.

"What we are working on is to ensure there is a consistent, as far as possible, set of measures and tools that state premiers and chief ministers can use to apply in each of the cases.

"So if you see something happening in one part of the country, that does not necessarily mean it has to apply in your party of the country.

"There are parts of the country, particularly in Sydney, where these outbreaks have been more severe.

"Those decisions will be made by state premiers and chief ministers as they apply to their individual jurisdictions.

"We will also be working hard to ensure that the scaling of those measures and the identification of areas of outbreaks that require those measures will be, as far as possible, consistent between state and territory jurisdictions."

Again, Mr Morrison pleaded with Australians to do their part.

"It is a simple plea, we need you. We need you to do your bit when it comes to social distancing and keeping that healthy distancing, to respecting and following the rules that we are setting down," he said.

"But stronger measures will be coming and they will be coming in more localised areas to deal with outbreaks."

Cancel 'non-essential travel'

Scott Morrison says all non-essential travel within Australia should be cancelled.

At a press conference in Canberra, the Prime Minister revealed the meeting of the government's national cabinet had been brought forward to this evening. It will consider "further and stronger measures" to deal with local coronavirus outbreaks.

And he said the federal and state governments had agreed on the new travel recommendations.

"We are moving immediately to recommend against all non-essential travel in Australia," he said.

"All non-essential travel should be cancelled.

"Essential travel, what we are referring to is work-related travel that could be essential, it could be compassionate grounds, but also, when it comes to essential supplies and other important arrangements needed to keep Australia running."

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