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‘You have been sold out’: Fury over state of emergency extension

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A Victorian Liberal MP has hit out at three crossbenchers on Twitter, claiming they have “agreed to sell out” their votes to support the Premier Daniel Andrews’ controversial state of emergency extension.

The Bill would extend the state of emergency by six months and give the chief health officer power to ensure the commuity’s safety through detaining people, restricting movement and preventing entry to premises.

Opposition backbencher James Newbury posted the following tweet on Tuesday afternoon, as the crucial vote that will decide Victoria’s fate looms.

Mr Andrews needs 20 votes for the Bill to be passed in parliament.

There are 17 upper house Labor members, 11 Liberal members and 12 crossbenchers.

If the three votes fall the way Mr Newbury suggests, Labor would have enough support to pass the measure.

Reason Party MP Fiona Patten previously told NCA NewsWire crossbenchers would support a six-month extension, conditional on the establishment of an “bipartisan” oversight committee.

In parliament on Tuesday morning Opposition upper house leader David Davis said the Liberals would oppose the Bill.

He said the six-month extension being sought was a “power grab” by Mr Andrews.

Last week the Premier announced his plan to introduce a Bill to parliament to extend the state of emergency in Victoria until at least September next year in four-week increments.

But on Monday night, the draft Bill was tweaked to six months.

The current state of emergency expires on September 13.

The move would see the State Government and chief health officer suggest health measures and implement new strategies in an attempt to flatten the curve.

It comes after senior doctors across Melbourne urged politicians not to support a state of emergency extension, saying the move threatened to “destroy” the health and wellbeing of fed-up Victorians.

In a letter to Premier Daniel Andrews, seen by NCA NewsWire, 13 medical practitioners outlined their concerns about the State Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They say it is “vital” stage four restrictions are lifted on September 13, believe “an alternative medical response” is required and highlight key data they think is being “excluded”.

Parliament resumes this afternoon.

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