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Crozier-Smith - Suburbs should be identified as hot spots - not local government areas

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Suburbs should be identified as hot spots - not local government areas

Residents in some Victorian towns and suburbs with no active coronavirus cases are being discriminated against due to the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to break down cases within local government areas.

Reports today of Victorians who live within local government areas identified as ‘hot spots’ are being turned away from caravan parks and being denied access to TAFE classes.

Earlier this month, Daniel Andrews gave the go ahead to around 10,000 people attending the Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne, yet has warned cafes who have 21 customers inside will be fined and is now treating all people who live in ‘hot spot’ council areas as potential cases.

Daniel Andrews has been distracted with internal factional brawling and corruption within his Labor Party, which has cost him three Ministers and is now at the centre of a major IBAC investigation.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Innocent Victorians who have done the right thing are paying the price for Daniel Andrews’ incompetence.

“If Andrews spent more time on addressing the issues around clusters, hotel quarantine failures and testing centre wait times and less time on Labor Party factional matters we wouldn’t be in this position.

“Victoria had the toughest lockdown restrictions in the country and yet we continue to see the number of cases spike which is a real sign that Andrews has dropped the ball.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Local Government Tim Smith:

“Chairman Dan has failed to appropriately manage the outbreak at Cedar Meats, allowed 10,000 people to protest on the streets of Melbourne and is now blaming the hard working people of some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged local government areas for coronavirus outbreaks.

“Now is not the time to be blaming families. Now is the time to be supporting businesses to get back on their feet.

“When Chairman Dan gave the go ahead to the protest, he sent a message to the community that restrictions were over – well they aren’t over and Andrews is to blame for the rise in cases.”