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The long-term impact the ANZ boss tips Victoria’s lockdowns will have on small business

Neil Mitchell
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Australia has had its credit rating outlook to stable from negative, indicating the nation’s AAA rating is safe, but ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott has warned Victoria’s lockdowns will have long-lasting impacts on small business in the state.

Mr Elliott says lockdowns “do some harm” to the small business community, and it may take a long time to recover.

“It’s going to have an impact on people’s confidence, on small businesses wanting to open up again or new people wanting to have a go and start a business,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“There will be a little bit of reticence compared to what there was before. It clearly isn’t a good thing.

“Victoria as an economy is …. certainly probably the worst of all the states.

“It’s not doomsday but it’s clearly not good.”

NEIL MITCHELL: “That’s a scary thing, isn’t it? A well run, good business could go to the wall.”

SHAYNE ELLIOTT: “Yeah. I think that’s why it hurts confidence because … you can sort of understand things when you screw up … This is sort of literally an act of Good, right? This is something that’s happened out of nowhere. You’ve done nothing wrong.”

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