We are Australian! We pay taxes! We matter! Time for change for the Arts & Sole Traders

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In the wake of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), Sole Traders, Freelancers and The Arts have sadly had the services they provide cancelled.  This comes as a result of social distancing and large event's being halted in line with restrictions mandated by the Australian government. 

The spread of COVID-19 and cancellations of events will no doubt have a major impact on our community. The economical effect will be long lasting and have ripple like effect across many industries including Freelancers, The Arts and Sole Traders.

We have all entered uncharted territory and it will be extremely difficult to fully comprehend and navigate how and when we will recover from this global pandemic. The mental health and well-being of those individuals is a huge concern and should be taken seriously. 

Get a real job?  What we do is a job!  We are Australian, we work hard and we pay our taxes.  We are very much apart of the Australian economy.   Along with the casual workplace, we "Sole Traders" do not have provisions for paid leave entitlements.

In crisis, many of us are left to fend for ourselves.  

IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE. WE MATTER!!!  Australian small business employers, major corporations and those on unemployment benefits have been flagged to receive assistance from the government - we ask as tax payers, that Sole Traders, Freelancers and The Arts in Australia are afforded this same assistance both in the short term of the COVID-19 crisis and in the long term. 

Equality for all Australians!!! 

Respectfully,

Sole Traders/ Freelancers/ The Arts Australia wide.