The state of emergency, which permits the enforcement of coronavirus restrictions and blockades, will be extended until December in Victoria.
On Tuesday morning, the government’s amendment was circulated to the MP, outlining the post-negotiation changes between Greens and major crossbenchers, allowing the government to extend its powers for nine months.
Negotiations included a significant reduction in future COVID-19 fines for young people and the introduction of an appeal process for those subject to detention orders.
A state of emergency is a “legal measure” that allows you to create rules such as blockades, mandatory face masks, COVIDSafe work planning rules, and density limits in pubs and cafes.
Workers on Tuesday secured the support of at least three Crossbencher MPs to pass the bill and confirmed that all three would support the bill.
Animal Justice MP Andy Medic said denying the right to expand is “dangerous for Victorians.”
“After extensive discussions on this issue, we are confident that the nine-month extension of this state of emergency is not only rational, but mandatory,” he said.
“We are pleased that the government has listened to me and others and has actually introduced a pandemic-specific law. This extends the state of emergency for this pandemic or other pandemic in Victoria. This is the last thing you need to do.
“I applaud them for making it clear that demonstrations are allowed. Especially for low-income earners and young people, they will be fined excessively.”
Reason Party lawmakers said they would support the bill and told Congress that not supporting it was “morally wrong.”
“This is our state. We are responsible for doing the right thing,” she said.
“I wanted to see this law come into effect in October, six months ago … when I realized that COVID-19 wouldn’t leave us anytime soon … these cautions It is necessary. These measures are necessary. “
Greens MP Samantha Latram will also support a nine-month extension following the government’s amendment to the bill.
“COVID is still a risk to the community, but we need to keep people safe, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of people’s democratic and social justice rights,” she said.
“That’s why Greens supports a nine-month extension of the state of emergency, provided it works on a new law that means that the state of emergency is the last to be used for COVID in Victoria. The government has reduced fines for young people and is implementing important recommendations from the ombudsman’s investigation into the blockade of public housing. “
The bill has already passed the Labor-controlled House of Representatives, and discussions resumed Tuesday afternoon in the Senate, which opposition lawmaker David Davis called the bill the “highest Draconian.”
He called for the extension to be subject to monthly reviews.
“The government is constantly complaining of severe blockades, severe closures, and tremendous damage to the business and mental health of the community … when alternative models are available,” Davis said.
“The irresponsible, unrelaxed power they seek in an emergency is the wrong approach.”
The government needs to reach an agreement this week with the House of Councilors, which is due on March 15.
Victoria has been declared a state of emergency since March 16th last year.
Discussions continue in Congress on Tuesday afternoon.