6 July 2020


Tim Quilty condemns closure of Victoria-NSW border due to Melbourne coronavirus spike

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has condemned the decision to close the border between Victoria and NSW.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement this morning as a result of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

“This is a knee-jerk reaction of the very worst kind, made with absolutely no consideration of regional Victoria,” Mr Quilty said.

“The border closure is going to rip communities like Wodonga-Albury apart and create havoc for families who live on one side of the border but work or need health treatment or study on the other side.

“Andrews has completely let down all of regional Victoria and should be handing in his resignation immediately. His handling of this situation has been abysmal.

“This is nothing more than a desperate bid to be seen as tough try to restore his shattered credibility after the debacle of the “quarantine” hotels – COVID-19 incubator hotels would be a more accurate description – and bugger the regions.

“As for his Labor colleague Jaclyn Symes, who claims to be a member for Northern Victoria – supposedly representing our interests, not those of Melbourne, she should be facing the residents of regional Victoria to explain how we have ended up in this mess.

“The phone has started ringing already – the public are not happy about this, and neither am I.”

Mr Quilty emphasised how regional Victoria is made to suffer the consequences of decisions made in Melbourne, for Melbourne.

“While I understand that Melbourne is showing a rise in the number of cases, this is a Melbourne problem and restrictions should focus firmly on Melbourne,” Mr Quilty said.

“Regional Victoria should not be paying the price for mistakes in Melbourne.

“We haven’t had a case in the regions for three months – and all the cases we had before then came out of Melbourne.

“We are being governed by muppets from Melbourne who are not standing up for Victoria and fighting to keep the border open. Something has to break.

“Yet again, the idea of Rexit – a separation of regional Victoria from Melbourne – makes absolute sense.

“Metropolitan decision-makers are proving yet again their complete ignorance of regional Victoria.”

Mr Andrews said there would be provisions for communities on border areas but stated that more information would be available in an announcement by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“I will be watching Ms Berejiklian’s announcement very closely to see what provisions are being made for communities in border areas,” Mr Quilty said.

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