According to the latest information, “Both Stuart Grimley and Tania Maxwell from Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party are the 2 votes that are needed to extend the 6-month state of emergency by 12 additional months in the Upper House. There are already 19 of the 21 votes required.
Currently, both Tania and Stuart are in a meeting deciding which way they will vote. Apparently, Stuart has received 102 emails in the last hour asking not to side with Dan Andrews and agree to the extension. We need to make this 1,000 an hour. Please click the links above to write to them. A quick message is all that is needed. Just ask them to vote against the extension of emergency powers.
The Liberal Nationals will vehemently oppose and vote to defeat the Andrews Labor Government’s attempt to extend State of Emergency powers for a further 12 months.
The State of Emergency vests enormous power with the Premier and a small number of unelected officials with very little oversight and accountability – proven in recent months with the effective shutdown of the Legislative Assembly.
The State of Emergency is the legal framework under which the current wide-ranging restrictions on people’s lives and livelihoods including restrictions on leaving your own home, business closures, travel bans, quarantine arrangements and curfews are made.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Andrews Labor Government has been extending the State of Emergency in four-week blocks. However, the law states that there is a maximum six-month limit on a declaration of a State of Emergency, which is due to expire on 16 September 2020.
The reason why a declaration of a State of Emergency is strictly time-limited is clear – because such massive government powers over the lives of Victorians must not be open-ended.
No government should write itself a blank cheque for such extraordinary powers over Victorians’ lives and livelihoods. Oversight and accountability are paramount.
Any ongoing laws required to protect Victorians throughout the pandemic should be regularly brought through the Parliament.
The Liberal Nationals will always stand for Victorians’ rights and freedoms in the face of government overreach.