Cost of Lockdowns

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From: Ross Francis

Dear Treasury,

It was recently reported that, according to Treasury, Covid-19 lockdowns are estimated to cost the country between $900 million and $1.5 billion per week.

Please send me copies of all information, including but not limited to any briefings or advice supplied to the Government, about the estimated cost of lockdowns, dated between 1 January 2020 and 27 August 2021.

The Government has created a $62.1 billion Covid-19 recovery fund. Where has the money for the $62.1 billion fund come from, and what proportion of the fund has come from Government revenue via general taxation?

How much of the fund has been spent?

Please specify the fund's spending so it is clear where spending has been focused and which organisations, companies or projects have received funds.

Without the Covid-19 recovery fund, approximately how many jobs has the Treasury estimated might be lost?

Please send me copies of all information, including but not limited to any briefings or advice supplied to the Government, about the estimated number of job losses due to lockdowns, dated between 1 January 2020 and 27 August 2021.

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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From: Bradley Martin [TSY]
The Treasury

Dear Ross

On behalf of the Treasury, I acknowledge receipt of your email requesting:

copies of all information, including but not limited to any briefings or advice supplied to the Government, about the estimated cost of lockdowns, dated between 1 January 2020 and 27 August 2021.

The Government has created a $62.1 billion Covid-19 recovery fund. Where has the money for the $62.1 billion fund come from, and what proportion of the fund has come from Government revenue via general taxation?

How much of the fund has been spent?

Please specify the fund's spending so it is clear where spending has been focused and which organisations, companies or projects have received funds.

Without the Covid-19 recovery fund, approximately how many jobs has the Treasury estimated might be lost?

Please send me copies of all information, including but not limited to any briefings or advice supplied to the Government, about the estimated number of job losses due to lockdowns, dated between 1 January 2020 and 27 August 2021.

Your request was received by the Treasury on 30 August 2021 and will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Official Information Act.

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Ngâ mihi

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