Second lawsuit filed over Victoria’s coronavirus lockdowns

A class action is the second case to be brought over Victoria’s restrictions on coronavirus, following a protest by an aspiring MP against Melbourne’s lockout curfew.

Mornington Peninsula cafe owner Michelle Loielo filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Tuesday, alleging she lost 99 percent of her business under Stage 4 restrictions.

Second-wave restrictions have been in effect since July 2, while a curfew enforced on August 2, from 8 pm to 5 am, on Monday, was eased back to 9 pm.

A second legal case-a class action led by 21-year-old Jordan Roberts-was also brought before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, seeking damages for lost wages, nervous shock, depression and anxiety.

Roberts seeks damages in his complaint, claiming that defendant — including ministers Jenny Mikakos and Martin Pakula — infringed the community’s duty of care by failures in the hotel quarantine programme.

It was filed by Melbourne lawyer Tony Carbone, who says more than 20 people are officially signed on but he expects the number to “swell enormously”.

“A lot of employers speaking to me are keeping employees on artificially because of JobKeeper,” he said.

“And the reality is when JobKeeper kicks out, I just think the number of people made redundant or retrenched will be horrendous.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said he will not
comment on matters before the court on Wednesday.

“The only answer I can give you is that because this is foreshadowed legal action, I’m in no position to comment on it,” he said.

“I’m focused on getting these numbers down and then being able to open up and stay open.

“I simply can’t be drawn on those sorts of matters.”

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