Regional Victoria COVID-19

Labor’s latest restrictions favour shags over snags

18 June 2021

Member for Euroa and The Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan has called on the state Labor Government to release the data and modelling underpinning its latest restrictions in regional Victoria.

Speaking in Parliament last night, Ms Ryan said regional Victoria should return to COVID normal.

“The latest version of Labor’s restrictions allows 50 people to visit a brothel while just 20 can gather for a child’s birthday party in an outdoor park,” Ms Ryan said.

“Meanwhile, the heavy restrictions on community sport limiting spectators at open air football and netball games will leave many of our country clubs struggling to pay their bills.

“Yet Labor’s Sports Minister has told the media that he has “absolute confidence” that the AFL Grand Final will be played at the MCG.

“These inconsistencies are bizarre, particularly when regional Victoria has not had a single case in this outbreak.”

Ms Ryan also queried what has happened to the government’s roadmap, which was developed last year to provide the community with certainty on when restrictions would be applied.

“Restrictions we are now told are a ‘day-by-day proposition’. What has changed?,” Ms Ryan said.

“It makes no sense and the government’s flip-flopping is undermining public confidence.”

Ms Ryan said similar inconsistencies arose last week with dance studios forced to close while creative arts studios could remain open.

“It’s not unreasonable to raise questions about the government’s decision-making when Labor has flatly refused to release the data and modelling that it says underpin them.

“When businesses across our region have suffered immeasurably and the mental health of Victorians, particularly children, has been put on the line, the government needs to be more transparent about the basis for its decisions.”

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