Daniel Andrews SURVIVES vote of no confidence after being branded ‘dangerous and arrogant’ in a bruising parliamentary debate
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has survived a vote of no confidence during a chaotic night in state parliament.
The Liberal-National coalition moved a no-confidence motion against Mr Andrews on Tuesday night over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed the lives of more than 800 Victorians and plunged Melbourne into strict lockdown.
But the Coalition were unable to get the numbers for the motion, which was easily defeated 44 votes to 23.
When introducing the motion, Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said Victoria deserved a ‘fresh start’ under a new leader as he labelled Mr Andrews as dangerous and arrogant.
He said the premier bungled the hotel quarantine program, ignored offers of Australian Defence Force support and imposed tough coronavirus restrictions that ‘make no sense’.
‘This government is hostage to a premier who is pursuing an elimination strategy that is only going to eliminate jobs, that is only going to eliminate hope, that is only going to eliminate the bright future this state deserve,’ he told the Legislative Assembly.
He had urged Labor MPs to find their ‘conscience’, cross the floor and support the motion but none did.
Mr Andrews was not present when Mr O’Brien addressed parliament.
Mr Andrews, who usually refrains from attacking the opposition and never refers to their leader by name, hit back at his daily news conference.
‘He and the cheap politics he trades in is of no consequence when it comes to fighting this virus. His cheap politics is not a vaccine against this virus,’ Mr Andrews said of Mr O’Brien.
He also criticised Mr O’Brien for ‘playing politics out of tragedy’ when he held a news conference on Monday surrounded by 791 Australian flags – representing the lives lost during Victoria’s second wave.