Mr Morrison also warned that the tougher restrictions should not be used as an alternative for a robust contact tracing system.
“Restrictions are not substitutes for strengthening health systems to cope with the virus, especially when community outbreak is brought under control,” he said in a joint statement with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Health Minister Greg Hunt.
“The most effective means of reducing community transmission must be an effective testing, tracing and quarantine system, bolstered by enhanced local health capacity and physical distancing.”
‘A blunt instrument’
Rod Eddington, the chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia who was chairman of Victorian Major Events for over a decade and wrote the infrastructure blueprint for Victoria, captured business disillusionment with the plan.
“Total lock down across Melbourne is a blunt instrument,” Sir Rod told The Australian Financial Review.
“We have to find a way to protect lives and livelihoods and to do that