Victorian opposition leader Michael O'Brien addresses the media during a press conference at the Victorian State Parliament in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas' sixth budget, to be unveiled on Tuesday, will see Victoria accrue an eye-watering level of debt to fund major infrastructure projects, tax cuts and incentives to lure global companies to the state. (AAP Image/James Ross) NO ARCHIVING

Liberal Nationals call for establishment of COVID Compassion Commissioner

For too long Victorians in desperate circumstances have been left in limbo by Daniel Andrews’ COVID red tape.

Today, the Victorian Liberal Nationals are calling for the immediate establishment of a COVID Compassion Commissioner to assist those Victorians caught up in the bureaucratic nightmare.

Under Daniel Andrews’ COVID-19 response, common sense and compassion have gone out the window and countless Victorians who are just trying to do the right thing have been left with nowhere to turn.  

Over recent months, Victorians have witnessed numerous cases whereby hard-line COVID-19 rules have unfairly let down Victorians and their families, including;

  • The family of Warrnambool boy, Cooper Onyett who tragically died after drowning at a school camp, being denied permission to travel to regional Victoria to attend his funeral.
  • A 77-year-old Vietnam Veteran suffering serious medical issues and was recently widowed being denied access to regional Victoria to live his daughters.
  • A fully vaccinated mother being denied permission to fly to Melbourne to care for her daughter with advanced breast cancer.

These cases demonstrate the callousness of the Andrews Labor Government’s COVID-19 restrictions and the lack of support for Victorians just trying to navigate a complex and hostile system.

The COVID Compassion Commissioner would receive cases directly from Victorians, similar to the Victorian Ombudsman and sit separately to the State Government’s existing COVID-19 bureaucracy.

Daniel Andrews has no plan to support Victorians through COVID-19, only a plan for longer lockdowns, tighter restrictions, and harsher punishments.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien:

“Daniel Andrews’ COVID restrictions have lost all sight of compassion and common-sense.

“Victorians need someone on their side that can cut through the Andrews Government’s endless COVID red-tape.

“Labor’s inflexible rules have stranded many seriously ill, elderly and deserving Victorians away from home. These people need a champion.

“We need to give Victorians hope and compassion in this time of need, not heartbreak, bureaucracy and red tape.”

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