A Federal Senator has lashed Daniel Andrews’ proposed pandemic powers labelling the bill “absolutely insane” and an example of a “dictatorship here in Victoria”.
Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson has backed the Victorian Liberals to try and amend Premier Daniel Andrews’ new pandemic powers.
The Liberals are reportedly seeking negotiations with upper house cross benchers to change the Pandemic Management Bill to give the courts the power to overturn a decision made under the proposed laws, according to the AFR.
Ms Henderson said the new law which would give the Premier the ability to declare a pandemic and extend it in three-month blocks was “so draconian”.
“Around the corner we have a very very dangerous proposal by Daniel Andrews by way of the Pandemic Management Bill,” she said. “These rules frankly… are so draconian.”
The bill, which passed in the lower house on Thursday, will also give the Health Minister the jurisdiction to make “pandemic orders” as well as broad legislative power.