Jim’s Mowing founder Jim Penman urges companies that have been forced to shut down during Victoria’s coronavirus lockout to seek state government financial compensation.
The lawn mowing magnate says he has been given legal advice by one of Australia’s top lawyers that sole operators ordered to stay at home could be entitled to a payoff funded by taxpayers.
Penman argues it is unfair to allow lawn mowers working for local councils to operate under Stage Four restrictions, while Jim’s Mowing franchisees did not.
“There’s no sense to this,” Penman said on Sunrise. “They do the same job.”
“Our people are not a danger to the public or themselves, they should be allowed to operate, and if the premier won’t change his mind then they’re entitled to get compensation,” he claimed.
“How can you possibly justify treating people differently on the grounds of public health just because they’re employed by the council or are sole traders?”