Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Oppose the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the proposed permanent pandemic legislation, the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021.

The past two years have shown us that the directions under the State of Emergency have been disproportionate and ineffective at protecting our community, and the public health data has been almost non-existent. When the curfew was deemed to encroach on human rights without any benefit to public health, the Government was ordered to release the data, however the curfew continued.

The proposed legislation gives too much power to one individual, the Premier of the day and contains elements that specifically target and disadvantage certain members of our community. When the State of Emergency expires, any bills related to future pandemics should be specific and evidence-based and proportionate to the threat to public health.

Legislation that can be enacted without any threat to public health will only cause problems for Victorians. These current COVID-19 directives have been introduced without the required supporting public health evidence and have been opposed by independent organisations and individuals including the legal community. There will be no such recourse if the permanent pandemic legislation passes.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council oppose the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021.
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