11 May 2020


Tim Quilty 'disappointed' by minimal relaxation of Victoria's lockdown regulations

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has called Victoria’s restriction announcement “disappointing”.

After much anticipation, Premier Daniel Andrews announced a minor relaxation of restrictions for Victorians on Monday as the state of emergency date expired.

“While I’m grateful for the crumbs Mr Andrews has thrown us, I am extremely disappointed that he is in effect still keeping Victoria under lock and key,” Mr Quilty said.

“The announcement of a fifth reason to leave home, for visiting family and friends, could not have been made at a more insulting time: the day after Mother’s Day.

“Could he not have made the announcement on Friday or Saturday?

“He claimed that he has been ‘safe, cautious and appropriate’, but this clearly demonstrates that he is not so much concerned about Victorians as he is about wielding his power over us all.”

Mr Andrews failed to offer any clarity on when students will be allowed to return to school.

“Like millions of parents across the State, I am being kept on tenterhooks while Mr Andrews decides how much longer our children’s educations will continue to be disrupted,” Mr Quilty said.

“There has been much talk of parents struggling to help with home schooling, but the key issue here is our children’s wellbeing and how effectively their education is continuing.

“Each day our children are kept out of school is another day where damage is being done, where kids are feeling increasingly distanced from a daily school routine.

“Mr Andrews owes it to each and every parent to explain why he believes he is justified in destroying the schooling of a whole generation of Victorians.”

Mr Quilty did find some reason for optimism, in Mr Andrews’ announcement that outdoor activities can resume in groups no larger than 10.

“It’s great that we can now resume fishing and hunting, but these are activities where there was no risk of virus transmission,” Mr Quilty said.

“This is an announcement which should have been made weeks ago because these are two activities which are generally enjoyed in small groups, where keeping 1.5 metres apart is easily done.”

Mr Quilty questioned the Premier’s justification in keeping Victoria locked down tighter than other States.

“Mr Andrews stated that we ‘face our own unique challenges’ in Victoria, but he failed to explain why, which means he did not have to justify why we are still being treated like naughty children,” Mr Quilty said.

“As beautiful as Victoria is, we face the same challenges as much of this great country where freedoms are being restored at a much greater rate.

“We deserve better, we deserve equality and, frankly, we deserve a more effective leader than Daniel Andrews.”

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