Much has been made of Daniel Andrews’ roadmap out of the strict coronavirus restrictions which have seen Victorians locked down for the past two months.
Industries and businesses have all but come to a standstill as people are told to stay at home and only venture out for essential needs.
However, it has been argued that the tough lockdown laws are far too severe. And whilst the health and safety of Victorians should be at the forefront of decision-making regarding easing restrictions, at what cost?
The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) has called for an independent review of Andrews’ roadmap, stating that his government is pushing the Victorian economy to the brink of collapse.
REIV CEO Mr Gil King said: “In effect, if you have worked hard to save and purchase property, the Andrew government is punishing you for being financially responsible.”
Mr King accused Andrews’ government of having double standards when it comes to how Victorians are being made to support themselves.
It is mind boggling that the government is asking people to withdraw from their superannuation to fund their living costs but won’t let them sell their property for the same purpose. Wasn’t super supposed to be your retirement fund?Gil King – Real Estate Institute of Victoria CEO
REIV President Ms Leah Calnan said that the tough restrictions mean many Victorians cannot sell their homes and get access to the funds needed to support themselves.
“We have cases being reported every day where people need to sell their property to get through these financial challenging times, and they can’t do so because the government won’t allow even a one-on-one inspection,” said Ms Calnan.
“These decisions compound the financial stress on Victorians and the Victorian economy and do nothing to help those suffering during these difficult times,” she said.