Premier Pinocchio has got to go: New bid to kick Dan Andrews out of office early over his disastrous pandemic response
- Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews faces a motion of no confidence in parliament
- The premier dismissed the move during his daily press conference on Thursday
- Most of Victoria’s coronavirus deaths can be linked to hotel quarantine program
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews faces a motion of no confidence in parliament over his handling of COVID-19.
The motion is expected to be tabled in the state’s lower house on Thursday.
‘I will be moving a motion of no confidence in this premier. Victorians have had enough,’ Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said.
The premier brusquely dismissed the move when asked in his daily media conference.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured on Thursday) faces a motion of no confidence in parliament over his handling of COVID-19
‘Cheap politics is no vaccine against this virus, and that is all I will say about him and that,’ Mr Andrews said.
Victoria has been hard hit by coronavirus, leading the nation’s case numbers and deaths.
Victoria recorded another eight deaths on Thursday, taking the state’s death toll to 745 and the national figure to 832.
Most of the deaths can be linked to Victoria’s bungled hotel quarantine system, which is under investigation.
Strict lockdown measures designed to stem the spread of the virus have resulted in business closures and job losses.
‘This is a government that has proven itself to be incompetent, dishonest and with no vision or hope for Victorians,’ Liberal-Nationals leader Mr O’Brien said.
‘By moving a motion of no confidence, every member of the legislative assembly will have to make a decision – are they going to vote to protect Daniel Andrews’ job? Or are they going to vote to protect Victorians’ jobs?’
Liberal MP James Newbury called Mr Andrews ‘Premier Pinocchio’ and claimed the Victorian leader had been caught in a lie.
Pictured: A general view of Lygon Street in Carlton, Melbourne, during Stage Four lockdown on September 16
‘For weeks, Daniel Andrews has claimed the federal government didn’t offer Australian Defence Force support to run Victoria’s hotel quarantine,’ he said.
‘Despite irrefutable proof, the premier is still denying the offer was made. Premier Pinocchio is a massive fibber with a very long nose’.
Labor has a clear majority in the lower house and Mr O’Brien’s motion is not expected to pass.
It will be tabled on Thursday and debated next month.
Emails shown to an inquiry on Tuesday revealed the prime minister’s office repeatedly offered troops to man Victoria’s hotel quarantine program.
The evidence appeared to contradict Mr Andrews’ claim in August that: ‘It is fundamentally incorrect to assert that there were hundreds of ADF staff on offer and somehow, someone said no.’
But on Wednesday, Mr Andrews stood by that statement and said he would explain why when he appears at the inquiry into the quarantine program next week.
‘I stand by those statements and I’ll be providing evidence,’ he told reporters.