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Victoria’s curfew is once again being questioned. It’s not due to be entirely lifted until the end of October, which means Melbourne will have been under a curfew for three months.
Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton told Melbourne radio 3AW that the curfew wasn’t at his behest.
“No not against my advice, you know, the curfew came in as part of the state of disaster, for example, it wasn’t a state of emergency requirement.
“So you know, that was something that was introduced, but it wasn’t something I was against from a public health perspective.”
I had been under the assumption the entire time that it was something the police had asked for, which Daniel Andrews confirmed on Wednesday.
A curfew that says ‘unless you’ve got a lawful reason to be outside after 8:00pm soon 9:00pm out to 5:00am then you can’t be’ is much easier for Victoria police,” he said.
But Greg Hunt has waded in, saying if it is not based on health advice, then it should be lifted.
“We would like to see all and as many of the restrictions lifted as soon as the medical conditions allow, and if there’s no medical basis for something, then obviously, that’s then something entirely within the remit of the Victorian Government to address and we’d encourage them to consider that in the coming days,” he told Sky News.Andrews says it is about making the health advice enforceable.”It’s not a matter for Brett [Sutton], that’s not health advice, that’s about achieving a health outcome. His advice is ‘do whatever you can to limit movement’. Police then say ‘we need rules we can enforce’. These are decisions ultimately made by me,” he said.
“…What it means is no one’s sneaking out going to their mate’s place.
“No one’s going and doing things that they are by law not allowed to do.”
But you will hear a lot more about that today, as the federal government ramps up its attacks on the Victorian government.
Meanwhile, Queensland and NSW continue to be at loggerheads over the border closure. There are more and more stories of people unable to visit sick and dying relatives, or see children, because of the restrictions.
Yesterday, NSW health minister Brad Hazzard accused Queensland of playing “loopy politics”. Queensland has set up a dedicated unit within its health department to look at exemptions, but the complaints keep piling up.
We’ll bring you all the day’s events as they come. You have Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day.
Source: The Guardian
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