Kyabram Free Press

Nationals slam mixed messaging

- By Darren Linton

State Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh says regional Victorians will hold the Premier to his promise to walk back the policy of sudden statewide COVID-19 lockdowns.

After 18 months of calls to dump the policy for country communitie­s where there is no COVID-19, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the intention to move to a “focused and targeted series of measures” in virus hotspots.

The Nationals on comments seized made later in Parliament by Deputy Premier James Merlino that different settings in local government areas was not a way to control the pandemic.

Mr Walsh said the Andrews Government was sending mixed messages.

“Lockdowns should only be a last resort, but Daniel

Andrews’ policy of using them — statewide — as a first response has left Victorians losing hope we’ll ever get out of this,” Mr Walsh said.

“Daniel Andrews has been dragged kicking and screaming to this point, causing untold pain and suffering along the way. He will now be held to account.”

The Liberals and Nationals have long pushed for what they describe as a common-sense approach, with any lockdowns limited to hotspots to ensure communitie­s that are hundreds of kilometres away and COVID-FREE don’t suffer unnecessar­ily.

 ??  ?? Focus: Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh.
Focus: Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh.

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