Andrews’ strategy cracks as top cop and CMO deny requesting curfew
By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
VICTORIA’S Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and Victoria Police Commissioner Shane Patton have denied requesting the night-time curfew over the state.
The move could throw into legal doubt the draconian anti-virus measure which locks Victorians in their homes between 9pm and 5am.
Comm. Patton made the admission on 3AW radio on Thursday morning. ”I was never consulted,” he said. “I’ve made enquiries to determine if anyone in the organisation was briefed on the matter.”
He said police were only told about the curfew a few hours before it was due to begin on August 2. Chief Commissioner Patton’s comment contradicted Andrews who on Wednesday said police had given feedback that the restriction would make enforcement easier. And the admission of CHO Sutton that he never requested it either left Dictator Dan floundering and blustering as the media stepped up and started doing a long overdue job of questioning this entire psychological operation.
Andrews’ strategy, backed up by dozens of spin doctors on big government salaries covering all manner of media, has been to control the whole destructive economic shutdown with a daily ritual of solemnly announcing the death numbers – only at times broken down to age groups and never mentioning comorbidities – and so-called “cases”, which are merely test results but which are never broken down into asymptomatic, non-infectious, infectious, mild or serious.
But it appears the daily game is wearing thin, following Andrews’ much despised extension of the lockdown and curfew.
According to News.com.au reporter Alexis Carey “Daniel Andrews copped a grilling following hours of finger pointing regarding who exactly was behind Melbourne’s curfew rule”.
“Brett Sutton has said this, but you’re now saying this – how can we trust you and follow the rules?” Mr Andrews was asked by a reporter during a heated exchange.
Andrews was then forced to double down on the so-called curfew rule and insisted it would not be revoked.
“What I’d say is that we’ve got a clear strategy, numbers are falling, the strategy is working, limiting movement is a critically important part of that, and our approach to that will not be changing,” he said.
Throughout the briefing, journalists repeatedly returned to the curly curfew question, but Mr Andrews stuck to his guns, the reporter noted. “We’re not removing it because it works,” Mr Andrews said.
“And if we remove it and make the job of police even harder – because it’s not easy to make sure that people are doing the right thing – then that will just mean we potentially have more cases, and opening up safely and steadily is further away than it should be.
“This is the right decision, it is limiting movement, it is making the very challenging work of Victoria Police just that little bit easier. And on that basis, limit movement, limit the virus.”
Andrews went on to brush the issue aside saying ultimately it was he “and the wider government who were responsible for the law”.