Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
306
Title
Vote against the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (State of Emergency Extension) Bill 2021
Grievance
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the broad, sweeping powers granted under the current State of Emergency were never intended or designed to be used for an extended period of time, for extremely good reasons.

After 12 months there is no justifiable reason the Government is not able to legislate more exact and minimal powers designed to deal specifically with the situation at hand, especially given their recent public statements that they have no plan to end the restrictive measures in the near future.

It is also of great concern that the Government has failed in its responsibility to table in Parliament documents that the Legislative Council called for on 2 September 2020, 16 September 2020 and 30 October 2020. The Council has clearly called for more transparency around decisions made under the State of Emergency. With the Government using unprecedented powers, the public deserves to know on what basis these decisions are made.

The Government should not be calling for an extension of these powers while disregarding democratic transparency.
Action
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council vote against the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (State of Emergency Extension) Bill 2021.
Closing Date
2021-03-01
Not tabled signatures
0
Total signatures including previously tabled
7617
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