Pressure mounts on Victorian Premier
FEDERAL Health Minister Greg Hunt insists the states and territories are moving in “one direction” in easing restrictions.
But frictions again emerged between federal Liberal MPs and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
The political bickering emerged as another death was reported at Sydney’s Newmarch House aged care facility, bringing the nation’s fatalities to 98.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced a three-stage plan to lift restrictions across Australia, with the backing of the national cabinet, although it will be up to individual states and territories when they are implemented.
Mr Morrison is aiming for stage three to be implemented by July, with the lifting of restrictions getting 850,000 people back to work. Victoria and NSW are not rushing into lifting restrictions, while other jurisdictions are moving more promptly on stage one.
The NT is moving faster than any other state or territory thanks to a lack of community transmission.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said it was appropriate for the state and territories to implement the stages when they see it’s appropriate. “I don’t think anyone wants to see these restrictions imposed for one day longer than is necessary, but they also don’t want to see the health advice of the respective state authorities ignored,” Mr Albanese said.