S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJOASX) closed 1.07% lower at 5,403 after the rise in tensions between China and Australia weighed on stocks.
China notched up economic coercion of Australia targeting the beef industry by suspending meat imports from four Australian abattoirs.
The move follows a looming threat of major tariffs on Australias barley shipments to China.
Benefits of economic restart[hhmc]
The federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg updated the parliament today on the economic situation.
The focus was on the estimates of the economic benefits of re-starting the economy.
Frydenberg said that a successful completion of the three-stage plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions on the economy will boost economic activity (GDP or gross domestic product) by $9.4 billion each month.
Treasury estimates that with the restrictions lifted under the three separate stages, 850,000 people will be back at work.
However, a successful restart of the economy will require Australians to maintain social distancing and follow good hand hygiene.
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