/ 10 March 2021

Daniel Andrews in intensive care

What’s happening to our political figures in Melbourne? After a year of talking about the health system, Premier Daniel Andrews is experiencing it for himself thanks to some broken ribs and damage to his vertebrae after an early morning stack on wet stairs at home. And then Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt was admitted to hospital with an infection (non-corona/vaccine-related…). Spooky… As for Andrews, he will spend the next few days in intensive care with Deputy Premier James Merlino taking the reins. Merlino’s first job: announcing Australia’s first truth-telling commission. With the powers of a Royal Commission, it will investigate past and current effects of colonisation on the state’s Indigenous community and recommend ways forward. The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission (Yoo-rrook meaning truth in the Wemba Wemba language) is tasked with producing an interim report by the middle of next year.

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