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Older Australians should SACRIFICE their freedom for young people, says Telstra boss

Older Australians should SACRIFICE their freedom so young people can get the economy moving again, says Telstra boss, as Victorian lockdown threatens to tank the economy

  • A leading businessman has said older Australians should sacrifice their freedom  
  • John Mullen wants young people to drive economy during COVID-19 pandemic  
  • The Telstra chairman warned Melbourne’s lockdown will hurt small businesses

Pictured: Telstra, Brambles and Toll Holdings chairman John Mullen

A leading businessman has said elderly Australians at higher risk of coronavirus should bear the brunt of lockdowns while allowing younger people to get back to work and salvage a tanking economy.

Telstra, Brambles and Toll Holdings chairman John Mullen, made the comments a day after Victoria recorded its highest-ever daily infection total of 725 cases.

Mr Mullen, who at 65 is moving toward the high-risk category COVID-19, said he would have no problem accepting  restrictions on his activities so long as younger people – who are far less likely to die from the virus – can get back to working and spending.

‘My generation are often in a position where we are more comfortable financially. If we have to take a back seat to let the younger people drive the economy for a time, then that’s a small price to pay,’ he told The Australian.

‘Older people making a few concessions, we are in a better position to do that than younger people who are starting their careers.’

 Of the 247 fatalities recorded in Australia in the past six months, 220 have been people aged 70 or over.

The second wave of the virus in Melbourne had brought about Stage 4 restrictions on trading and public movement.

At the start of the Stage 3 lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire in July, the treasury department estimated it would cost the Victorian economy $3.3billion in the September quarter.

A resident is removed from St Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne, July 31

A resident is removed from St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne, July 31

Ambulance officers transport a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility in the Melbourne suburb of Epping on July 29

Ambulance officers transport a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility in the Melbourne suburb of Epping on July 29

Medical workers evacuate a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility on July 30

Medical workers evacuate a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility on July 30

Now that has been stepped up to Stage 4 and restrictions were rolled out statewide, federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the hit to the nation’s economy was going to be far more significant.

‘The Victorian economy makes up around a quarter of the national economy, and this will obviously impact upon consumer and business confidence more broadly,’ Treasurer Frydenbergy said.

It is now estimated the economic impact of business closures in Victoria over the next six weeks will be $7.5-9billion dollars and result in 250,000 workers being laid off.

A Barber Shop owner closes his shop on August 5, as Melbourne goes into stage four lockdown

A Barber Shop owner closes his shop on August 5, as Melbourne goes into stage four lockdown

A workers is pictured leaving a 24 hour K-mart store as on Aug 5, as Melbourne businesses shut their door ahead of the stage four lockdown

A workers is pictured leaving a 24 hour K-mart store as on Aug 5, as Melbourne businesses shut their door ahead of the stage four lockdown

‘Most of the big ones (businesses) will survive. A lot of the little ones won’t have the stamina to do it all again. Just having got their hopes up, rehired staff and restocked inventory, now to go back down into a more severe lockdown – if it lasts for any duration, it is going to be very devastating,’ Mr Mullen said.

He warned that although the coronavirus is taking a toll on the health of Australians, with over 19,000 cases and 247 deaths, the economic toll will also cost many lives through a sharp rise in domestic ­violence, suicides and depression.

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A lone jogger runs past Flinders Street Station in Melbourne on August 6, with the city in lockdown

A lone jogger runs past Flinders Street Station in Melbourne on August 6, with the city in lockdown

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