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Powers granted to extend Victoria’s state of emergency

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The bill to extend state of emergency powers in Victoria for six-months passed the upper house following a marathon debate that trickled into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The vote went down to the wire with 20 MPs voting in favour and 19 against.

The extension gives chief health officer Brett Sutton the power to extend and impose COVID-19 restrictions for six months.

Victoria faced fierce backlash over its initial plan of a 12-month extension to the state of emergency.

The Age reports Health Minister Jenny Mikakos was heckled repeatedly throughout her speech and told parliament those who voted against the bill were essentially voting for a “third wave”.

Greens leader Samantha Ratnam also made an early return from maternity leave to cast her vote in favour of the Andrews government’s bill.

Stage four restrictions in Melbourne were due to expire on September 13.

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