Victoria records 28 new cases and another eight deaths overnight as the state turns on Dan Andrews over his handling of the pandemic
- Victoria has recorded 28 new coronavirus cases and another eight deaths
- Michael O’Brien will introduce a motion of no confidence in parliament Thursday
- The Opposition Leader will argue Dan Andrews has lost the support of Victorians
- Mr O’Brien said the Andrews government had botched the handling of COVID-19
- The motion will be voted on by MPs in the House of Representatives next month
Victoria has recorded 28 new coronavirus cases and another eight deaths – the lowest daily new case tally in almost three months.
The new cases, which were announced on Thursday, put Melbourne’s 14-day average even further under the important 50-case mark.
Despite the falling case numbers, frustration over premier Dan Andrews’ handling of the pandemic has continued to intensify, with a motion of no confidence likely to be tabled against him in a matter of days.
State Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien is set to make the proposal on Thursday, arguing the Andrews government has lost the support of Victorians over its handling of COVID-19.
Victoria has been hit hard by the pandemic, with most of the deaths linked to the state’s bungled hotel quarantine system, which is under investigation.
Strict lockdown measures designed to stem the spread of the virus have resulted in business closures and job losses.
News of the attempt to oust Victoria’s Premier comes as he faces heat over a contradicting account provided at an inquiry into the state’s second wave of COVID-19
Police are seen checking drivers reason for travel at the Kalkallo checkpoint during COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia. As restrictions are eased in regional Victoria
‘This is a government that has proven itself to be incompetent, dishonest and with no vision or hope for Victorians,’ Liberal-Nationals leader Mr O’Brien said.
‘By moving a motion of no confidence, every member of the Legislative Assembly will have to make a decision – are they going to vote to protect Daniel Andrews’ job? Or are they going to vote to protect Victorians’ jobs?’
Lower house MPs will vote on the motion next month, which would then have eight days to be passed by the assembly if successful.
‘Victoria deserves the chance for a fresh start,’ Mr O’Brien said, the Herald Sun reported.
‘Every Labor MP will have to decide whether they will vote to protect the jobs of their communities or the job of the premier.
‘A no-confidence motion is not a decision made lightly, but increasingly frustrated Victorians are telling us loud and clear that Andrews must go.’
A motion of no confidence is a statement or vote as to whether or not the ruling party is still fit to hold office, with the opposition only permitted to present one per parliamentary term.
Victorian Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien (pictured) will introduce a motion of no confidence against the Andrews government in Parliament on Thursday
A person on a scooter wearing a face mask crosses Bourke St on September 16, 2020 in Melbourne
However, the motion is unlikely to pass as the House of Representatives has an 11-seat Labor majority.
The Andrews government has been plagued by criticism over a series of controversies that have been attributed to the second outbreak in Victoria.
The contagion was traced back to the breaches in hotel quarantine, with claims security guards from private contracting firms failed to enforce COVID-19 safety rules – with some allegedly having sex with returned travellers.
Premier Andrews was slammed for outsourcing guards rather than using the ADF, with him later telling an inquiry into the fiasco that he was never given the offer.
On Tuesday, emails presented to the inquiry contradicted his statements, revealing the Prime Minister’s office had written three letters offering the defence force but none were accepted.
The next state election will take place in 2022.
Melburnians (pictured at Elwood beach) are expected to flock to regional Victoria in search of eased restrictions as outdoor gathering limits are raised to 10 and restaurant dining resumes
The ring of steel will tighten around Metropolitan Melbourne’s city borders with increased police checks (police checkpoint pictured) as regional Victoria lifts coronavirus lockdown
Some Victorians got a taste of freedom on Thursday as regional parts of the state entered into the third step in Mr Andrews’ lockdown reopening roadmap.
Victoria Police and Australian Defence Force personnel increased checks on cars at the city borders to curb the expected rush of exiting residents.
Police checkpoints have been set up around the Melbourne border and target main roads out of the city.
Under the regional travel crackdown, adults who leave the city without a lawful excuse will be handed a $4957 fine.
Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has previously warned motorists about a ‘significant police presence’ along the Hume Freeway, Calder Freeway and Princes Freeway heading to Geelong.
Regional Victoria will enter the Third Step of Premier Daniel Andrews’ lockdown reopening roadmap at 11.59pm on Wednesday night (Melbourne residents pictured on Monday)
Regional Victorians can also enjoy five visitors from a nominated household, a return to work and a staggered start to schooling in term 4 (residents at South Melbourne Beach pictured)
The four reasons to leave your home will no longer apply, most workplaces will reopen and schools will return with a staggered start in regional Victoria.
Gathering limits will also increase to 10 people outdoors and up to five nominated visitors from another household bubble.
Restaurants will operate with a cap of 10 seated patrons indoors and 50 outdoors.
Gathering limits will increase to 10 people at weddings, 20 mourners at funerals and 10 people plus one faith leader at outdoor religious gatherings.
Children can also return to community sport and adults will be able to take part in non-contact sport.
WHAT REGIONAL VICTORIANS WILL BE ALLOWED TO DO UNDER EASED LOCKDOWN RULES
Outdoor gathering limits will increase to 10 people. That number does not include infants under the age of 12 months.
People in regional Victoria will also be able to leave their homes without restriction.
Limits for outdoor religious gatherings and weddings will increase to 10 people, while funeral limits will rise to 20 mourners.
Five visitors are allowed in a home from a nominated household.
Schools will return to normal operation over the first two weeks of Term 4.
Outdoor auctions will be allowed to have a maximum of 10 people in attendance.
Children can return to community sport and adults can take part in non-contact sport.
Regional Victorians can travel and holiday within regional parts of the state – with tourist accommodation in those areas also opening up