After it was revealed that the unprecedented restriction was not based on medical advice, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is facing calls to end the state’s night-time curfew immediately.
Yesterday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton threw Mr Andrews under the bus dramatically and made the explosive claim in an interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW.
By asking if the Victorian government had ever “introduced something without your advice, or against your advice”. Mitchell teased Professor Sutton.
“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,” Prof Sutton replied.
By asking if the Victorian government had ever “introduced something without your advice or counsel,” Mitchell teased Professor Sutton.
Mr Andrews acknowledged at his daily press conference on Tuesday that the curfew makes “the Victoria Police job much easier.”
On Wednesday he was grilled again, and asked whose idea was the curfew.
“I can’t pinpoint the individual and the day, I can’t give you a specific person,” he said, again noting “it makes the job of police much easier”.
He added, “If you want to go out and be unlawful now police have got the easiest set of arrangements they have ever had to catch you and fine you. That’s what a curfew delivers.”
Mr Andrews eventually said :
“It’s consistent with the health advice,” he said.
“These are decisions ultimately made by me, so the answer to the question (of why there is a curfew) is, I’ve made that decision. It’s a challenging one to make, but it’s effective.”