MEDIA RELEASE

7 September 2020

 

Road map to recovery is a highway to hell

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty says Premier Daniel Andrews has shown contempt for Northern Victorians by keeping them in stage three restrictions.

After the weekend’s announcement of a road map for recovery from coronavirus restrictions, Mr Quilty said the Victorian Government is yet again demonstrating its disdain for regional Victoria.

“There have been very few cases of COVID-19 in the vast majority of regional Victoria, while in the North East there has been zero, yet we are still expected to suffer the damage of restrictions,” Mr Quilty said.

“This is not only cruel, it also defies logic - there is absolutely no reason to keep people at home, to keep businesses closed in the areas that have no cases.

“We have already met all the required steps to go back to stage two or one – but it is simply administratively easier to keep us locked down anyway.”

The Victorian Government’s plan to loosen restrictions means all of regional Victoria must have a daily average number of cases fewer than five over a 14-day period.

The Government’s website also says there must be ‘less than zero cases in all of Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days’.

“Regional Victoria is a vast area, yet Mr Andrews is taking the lazy route and applying one rule to all of us,” Mr Quilty said.

“He’s effectively giving us all a class detention when most communities should be freed of these ridiculous restrictions.

“And quite how we are going to manage a number of cases lower than zero mystifies me.”

Mr Quilty said border communities were being held hostage by both the Victorian and the NSW government, which will not loosen crossing controls until regional Victoria has fewer restrictions.

This means that, yet again, border communities are subject to activities in communities hundreds of kilometres away.

“This is yet another reason for regional Victoria and regional NSW to break away to form a new state,” Mr Quilty said.

“Rexit would solve most of the problems of being ruled by an uninformed, uninterested metropolitan government,” Mr Quilty said.

“This road map for recovery provides excellent evidence that Rexit would bring more accountability and more understanding to so many communities in Victoria and NSW.”

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