Federal government holds crisis talks over workforce shortages

The federal government has held crisis talks with critical industry groups overnight as staff shortages from the Omicron variant threaten to cripple the economy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will seek a nationwide deal to ease isolation requirements for National Cabinet workers tomorrow, but experts warn that a lack of rapid antigen testing will undermine the deal.

Food distributors are calling for the removal of close contact rules, which require people in the same household to self-quarantine.

Mr Morrison will meet today with representatives from the aviation and transportation industries to determine which services should see their restrictions relaxed.

Stores will likely run out of fresh meat, fruits, vegetables and milk in the coming weeks as there are not enough transport, processing or distribution workers to fit the items into the stores. stores.

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