Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Release advice informing the COVID-19 lockdown decisions
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 intended and designed to be used with specific built-in transparency and accountability measures.

Now with Victorians under the fourth harsh COVID-19 lockdown imposed upon the state in less than 12 months, it is of great concern that the Government has failed in its responsibility to transparently table in Parliament documents that the Legislative Council called for on 2 September 2020, 16 September 2020 and 30 October 2020.

The Attorney-General's response given in Parliament on 4 May 2021, stating that the tabling of such documents would be contrary to the public interest is undemocratic and unacceptable to the wider public.

The Legislative Council has clearly called for more transparency around decisions made under the State of Emergency and with the Government using unprecedented powers, the public deserves to know on what basis these decisions are made.

The Legislative Council needs to acknowledge that it is in the public’s interest that supporting documentation informing the proportionality and necessity of the COVID-19 lockdowns is made publicly available.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council acknowledge that the tabling of the COVID-19 public health advice and human rights assessments is in the public interest and call on the Government to table the documents, in full, which informed the fourth COVID-19 lockdown restrictions imposed on Victoria.
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