Pres­sure mounts on Vic­to­rian Premier

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - COLIN BRINSDEN

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.

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