Dan Andrews’ controversial pandemic bill PASSES Parliament after thousands demonstrated against wide-ranging powers it gives government
- Victoria has passed Dan Andrew’s controversial ‘pandemic bill’
- The bill gives premiere and health minister more power in public health orders
- Victoria has become the first state with pandemic specific laws
- The bill be enforced from December 16 when Victoria’s state of emergency ends
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ controversial ‘pandemic bill’ has passed the state’s upper house and will take effect in weeks.
The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill passed the upper house 20 votes to 18 on Thursday afternoon.
Transport Matters MP Rod Barton, Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick, Reason Party MP Fiona Patten and Greens leader Samantha Ratnam voted with the government on the bill.
Dan Andrew’s controversial ‘pandemic bill’ has been passed in Victorian parliament (pictured) and will take effect from December 16
It means the Premier and Health Minister – rather than the chief health officer – will have the power to declare a pandemic.
They will also enforce restrictions during a health crisis from December 16, when Victoria’s state of emergency expires.
The upper house sat for 21 hours debating several amendments to the bill this week.
The legislation became a lightning rod for anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination groups, who have occupied the steps of state parliament for weeks in protest.
Scott Morrison condemned protesters of the bill, prior to its approval, following an incident where protests ‘hung’ an inflatable Dan Andrews (pictured)
Protesters slam the proposed bill as ‘dangerous legislation’that gives the premiere, Dan Andrews, too much power.
Scott Morrison condemned protesters after a mock gallows and inflatable Dan Andrews were used to hang the fake premiere.