A Rare Gleam of Liberty Is Shining in Australia. Will It Last?
Well, it’s certainly been a tumultuous few days in Australian pandemic politics.
At the start of the week, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was all-but-guaranteed to pass his pandemic bill, described by that state’s Bar Association as “a blank cheque to rule by decree”. At the same time, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard tried to pass a similar bill extending his extraordinary “emergency powers” until March 2023.
Before the week was out, “Dictator Dan” was scrambling to save his bill, with an expelled Labor MP returning to parliament vowing to scuttle it. Suddenly, Andrews’ “urgent” legislation was being put on hold until next year.
Now, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has slapped down his own Health Minister’s bill.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has spectacularly dumped Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s bill seeking to expand the state’s Covid-19 emergency powers until 2023 following a bitter partyroom backlash. Mr Hazzard had been seeking to extend the state’s emergency powers until March 2023 as part of a proposal approved by Cabinet. It was approved by cabinet but faced opposition during a meeting of the Coalition partyroom on Tuesday.
Good heavens, it’s almost like… democracy, or something. Of course, it’s been so long since we’ve seen democracy here in Australia that I can’t really be sure…READ MORE at the BFD (they’re on our side so don’t be afraid to give ’em your views!)