Pandemic plan hits the skids
As Victorians wake up to more freedoms than they’ve had since the pandemic flared up last year, the debate about how the government would impose future restrictions via public health orders is far from settled. Premier Daniel Andrews’ plan to shift responsibility for calling a lockdown/mandating the wearing of masks from the chief health officer to the premier/health minister has been put on ice over concerns that the legislation gives too much power to the government. The plan hasn’t been canned – it’s suspended as Team Andrews tries to get enough support to push it through. The current emergency arrangements run out on 15 December, and the Victorian Parliament is scheduled to sit for 3 more days this year… Coalition leader Matthew Guy has offered to work with Andrews “to get a sensible piece of legislation through the Parliament.”
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