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Residents Need To See The Evidence On Curfews

15 September 2020 – Mr Ondarchie – Members Statement – Daniel Andrews and his Labor government have let down families and small businesses in Melbourne’s north. The Premier likes to claim that every decision he has made is based on expert health advice, but the chief health officer told Melbourne radio station 3AW the 8.00 pm curfew was not based on his advice. The police chief said it was not his idea either—nor was he consulted. This was Dan’s captain’s call, and as a result Melbourne’s north is suffering under these draconian conditions. I have been contacted by so many small businesses that just fear that under these rules they will never be able to open again. Dan Andrews fails to understand these businesses are hurting, employees are hurting. He fails to understand that jobs are in jeopardy. He fails to understand that people want to go to work and resume their lives and he is the one stopping them. He fails to understand the impact on their mental health. Well, Premier, why should the people in Melbourne’s north trust you when you and your government have failed on hotel quarantine, contact tracing, family lockdowns, supporting small business and a curfew that is not based on any evidence and is taking away Victorians’ freedom? My constituents are telling me if anyone should be locked down it should be you.

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