Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour says the community needs “clarity” regrading who is an essential worker because the NSW premier and the prime minister are sending mixed messages when it comes to financial support.
“I think there’s confusion when the premier’s telling everyone that if you’re an essential worker and you want to stay home, you’ll be eligible for support but this morning we hear the prime minster say that’s not the case,” he said.
“We need clarity, who’s entitled to support, when they can access it, what it means if they were to stay home, what it means if your boss doesn’t let you or doesn’t want you to stay home and you live in the south west of Sydney.
“Not many of us work from home, not many of us can work from home, and it’s important that we just get some clarity on what is essential because we have people that work from all types of industries.
“We need to make sure that everyone stays safe and no one’s out there in the community when they don’t need to be and that’s why we need clarity.
“We’ve got the premier saying one thing about financial support, we’ve got the prime minister saying another, it causes more confusion.”