‘Why can’t I sit in a park?’, Leigh Sales asks Morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has played down perceived "inconsistency" surrounding Australia's lockdown laws.
Mr Morrison appeared on the ABC's 7.30 program on Thursday night where he faced questions about Australia's progress fighting the coronavirus and when tough social distancing laws might be relaxed.
Host Leigh Sales asked the PM if he accepted there has been "some inconsistency in the restrictions that people find annoying".
"Why can't I sit in a park by myself and read a book, but I can go on a bus with other people?" Sales asked.
Mr Morrison acknowledged it has been "difficult" to get it right across all states and territories given the scale of the crisis and how fast governments have been forced to move.
"Look, on a practical level on the ground and the way the states are implementing these issues, of course it's difficult," he said.
"We are in unprecedented, unchartered times. I think people have been very understanding of these issues. And I think everyone's working to try and get these issues as consistent as they can. And that's why when we get that co-operation, when we can get co-operation on this tracing app when it comes out, then I know a lot of these issues will move away because
we've got the tools in place to be able to track these things down very quickly and respond."
He said there has to be "give and take" in the lead up to Australians enjoying "a less restrictive environment".
But Sales wasn't quite done. On the same theme, she quizzed the PM about why elderly school teachers can see "other people's children" but not their own grandchildren.
"Well, I made the point before that people who are in those more sensitive cohorts, those who
are more vulnerable, then there is advice which is suggesting those individuals should be constrained from their access to others," Mr Morrison said.
"And they are actually more at risk in that environment from the other teachers, as I said before. The protection of those who are elderly, and while they've been isolated, is for their protection.
"But equally, if they're in a workplace that might have vulnerabilities, the same point would apply."
Sales asked whether it might be possible, as some business leaders have suggested, to "return to a sort of normal existence for everyone under 60 and lockdown measures restricted to older Australians and younger people with serious health issues".
Mr Morrison said that he is focused on the health advice from experts.
"While we talked about a lot of these issues … we want your viewers to know on the other side we get out of this and we return to a life that we're missing at the moment.
"But we're going to have to work hard for it in these months ahead. On the other side we'll need policies to ensure our economy can grow quickly again and get back to those living standards that we are currently missing."
Originally published as Sales to PM: 'Why can't I sit in a park?'