MEDIA RELEASE

20 September 2021

Roadmap out of lockdown is a slow road to even more ruin

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has condemned the Victorian Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Mr Quilty said the roadmap is nothing but a distraction to try to deflect the fury building across Victoria.

“Daniel Andrews has announced what he says is a roadmap out of this chaos, but it’s too little, too late for the millions of Victorians who have simply had enough,” Mr Quilty said.

“As we saw at the weekend in the protests, many people have had more than they can stand and they are being pushed to fight back.

“With the number of COVID cases in Melbourne heading towards equality with Sydney, it’s clear Victorian Labor’s approach has failed.

“This roadmap is taking us on a slow road to even more desperation, ruin and damage.”

Mr Quilty said the roadmap fails the entertainment and events industry, which will be coerced into implementing the Andrews Government’s vaccine discrimination policy.

“We should not be subjected to rules which have been created in Melbourne and show no understanding of how regional communities operate,” Mr Quilty said.

“It’s not until October 26 that pubs, club and entertainment venues will be able to host more people indoors, and those 30 people will have to be vaccinated, according to the regional roadmap.

“The same goes for funerals and weddings, 30 fully vaccinated people will be allowed indoors and 100 outdoors. Weddings and funerals are not the place to force arguments about vaccination.

“Retail also gets only minimal easing of restrictions.

“This is government-led discrimination palmed off to private businesses – Mr Andrews is happy for business owners to cop the arguments from people who choose not to get vaccinated.”

Mr Quilty said the Government should drop its roadmap with its vaccination targets and instead work towards ending all restrictions, starting with the reopening of schools, the phasing out of lockdowns and the restoration of freedoms.

“This roadmap is a shallow and transparent attempt to appease angry Victorians while also continuing to inflict harsh restrictions on us all,” Mr Quilty said.

“What we need to aim for is a complete end to all of these COVID-based restrictions as soon as everyone has had a chance to get a vaccine.

“All these restrictions have done is divide communities, kill off businesses, irreparably damage children’s education and cause immense harm to the wellbeing of all Victorians.

“I have proposed December 4 as Freedom Day, when all those who wish to be vaccinated can do so, and when all of the contact tracing, restrictions, masks and social division will end.

“Only then will we be able to truly call ourselves free.”