PRIME MINISTER: Welcome everybody. Earlier today the Council of Australian Governments met amongst first ministers. But the events of the day, I think, has produced a series of considerations by premiers, chief ministers and myself, which is leading to a number of announcements we'd like to make to you this afternoon.
Based on the expert medical advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have agreed to provide public advice against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday 16th March 2020.
PRIME MINISTER: Good morning, everyone, it's great to be here in the heart of Sydney in Parramatta. And today, all state and territory leaders are coming together to focus on one very important job. And that is as I said last night, it's about the health of Australians, it's about keeping Australians in jobs, keeping Australian businesses in business. It's about bouncing back strongly on the other side of this virus. All of the leaders are working very closely together.
ALAN JONES: The Prime Minister's on the line. Prime Minister, good morning.
PRIME MINISTER: Good morning, Alan.
JONES: Well done in very difficult circumstances. Can I just begin with a negative though, people are emailing me this morning and on the line, a little indignant that welfare recipients will get $750. And there are workers out there saying, look we're doing it really tough. And they're wondering what they get. How do you answer that?
Tonight I want to talk to you about the global coronavirus, what it means for you and your family and what the Government is doing to see Australia through.
Well good morning, everyone. Jobs. Australians in jobs. This is something our government has had, and continues to have, a vibrant passion for.
The Morrison Government has today announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.
Thomas Oriti: Prime Minister, good morning. As the virus spreads, one critical issue is the uncertainty. I think it's spreading beyond any initial expectations.
Karl Stefanovic: PM, good morning to you.
David Koch: Prime Minister Scott Morrison joins us now live from Kirribilli House.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Scott Morrison MP