A stinging attack on the federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has been launched by Daniel Andrews, claiming that he is “not a leader, he is just a Liberal” who likes to “play politics all day every day”.
‘The Victorians are sick of it,’ said the premier.
On Monday morning, Frydenberg conducted a round of interviews during which he said that the slow easing of restrictions in Victoria showed that the state government had a “callous indifference” to small businesses and that people had to be “allowed to get back to work.”
“There’s been a callous indifference in Victoria from the government to the loss of jobs and to the plight of small business,”Frydenberg said in a video posted to Twitter” “The bloody-mindedness is unforgivable.”
Asked about the comments during his daily press conference, Andrews replied: “It’s all about the politics with this bloke, isn’t it?”
“That’s all he does. He is not a leader, he is just a Liberal. All he does is play politics, every day, and I just don’t think that is fair, and I think Victorians are sick of it. Victorians want their family protected, they wanted their health issues dealt with so we can open up. All he does is play politics in the midst of a global pandemic.”
Andrews reported on Sunday that certain social restrictions would be relaxed in Victoria from Monday, while hairdressers, dog grooming companies and real estate inspection would be permitted to reopen.
Retail, hospitality and beauty and personal services will return from 2 November with some restrictions, such as the number of people allowed inside bars and restaurants, if case numbers justified it, he said.