Covid-19. Sole traders

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) – COVID19

I am still hearing that sole traders are still being denied assistance through Business Victoria’s Business Support Fund. The Andrews government is well aware that of the 570 000 businesses in Victoria more than 90 per cent of them are sole traders, suggesting that its plan from the start was to avoid providing any assistance at all to the vast majority of Victorian businesses.

These revelations throw new light on comments by the Victorian Treasurer that these businesses missed out on receiving support because they have no taxation relationship with the state. These sole trader small businesses are hurting and still have bills to pay throughout this COVID crisis. Victoria needs more action and less talk from the Andrews government when it comes to supporting our state’s small businesses.