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Chief Executive Update 22 September 2021

Sunday was not the news we wanted. The roadmap fell short: Short of hope, short of NSW and short of where we need to be moving to as a state.

22 September 2021

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Chief Executive Update 9 September 2021

Well, there was a welcome shifting of narrative late last week, and we are now clearly focused on a vaccination-based opening. The past week has been tough, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

09 September 2021

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Chief Executive Update 25 August 2021

I felt a shift in the fight against COVID-19 this week when Prime Minister Scott Morrison remarked, “this Groundhog Day has to end”. I couldn’t agree more!

25 August 2021

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Opinion piece by Victorian Chamber Chief Executive Paul Guerra

Lockdowns. We’ve had a few. And there will probably be a few more before we are done. Like them or not, it’s the agreed weapon of choice to combat COVID-19 until vaccination rates get to 80 per cent. They have worked to effectively stop the spread.  

14 August 2021

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Chief Executive Update 11 August 2021

It was mixed news for the business community this week with Regional Victoria freed from Lockdown Six but Metropolitan Victoria required to stay in lockdown for another seven days.

11 August 2021

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Chief Executive Update 28 July 2021

Today Victorian business can get back to what you do best. It was good news we can now begin our exit from Lockdown Five and move faster than when we exited Lockdown Four.

28 July 2021

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Chief Executive Update 14 July 2021

It was only last week that we were reminded of the beginning of a 112-day lockdown here in Victoria last year and we desperately hope we don’t find ourselves in a similar situation again.

14 July 2021

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Chief Executive Update 30 June

Lockdown Four, and the COVID-19 situations around the country in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia, have shown us that the pandemic is far from over.  

30 June 2021

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Chief Executive Update 16 June

The business community in Regional Victoria will be relieved today to hear the news of a further easing of restrictions. There is also good news that essentially every business in the state can now operate. But for some larger metropolitan events, hospitality and entertainment venues, the easing of restrictions have not gone far enough, and we still have a difference in settings between Regional and Metropolitan areas.

16 June 2021

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Chief Executive Update 2 June

I know this is a tough time for many of you who will feel shattered by the extension of the fourth lockdown Victoria has endured since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

02 June 2021

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Chief Executive Update 21 May

It is the Victorian Chamber’s goal to make Victoria the best place in Australia to live, work, learn, and operate a business. Our message is simple - business is not only the engine room of the economy, they’re also the heart of our communities.

21 May 2021

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Chief Executive Update 5 May

The countdown is on to our Victoria Summit Vision Day! Today we officially launched our first major Summit event coming up on 28 May where attendees will come together to map out a bold new vision for Victoria.

05 May 2021

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Chief Executive Update 21 April

It was encouraging to see the Federal Government revive the National Cabinet this week to address the issues with the vaccine rollout, bringing the states and territories together to find the best path forward.

21 April 2021

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Chief Executive Update 7 April

I hope your Easter Break was a good one. I know many of you are nervous around the recommencement of hotel quarantine on Thursday. Put simply, it is essential this time around the State Government gets the hotel quarantine system right.

07 April 2021

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Chief Executive Update 24 March

Victoria is getting its swagger back! I was excited to speak to the media yesterday on the State Government’s announcement of a further easing of restrictions, giving Victorians the signal of confidence we have been waiting for.

24 March 2021

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Chief Executive Update 10 March

I hope you took some time out over the long weekend to pause and reflect on the importance of International Women’s Day on Monday.

10 March 2021