Daniel Andrews’ Victorian government in negotiations with crossbenchers on pandemic legislation

Sir. Barton said negotiations were productive and would likely continue over the weekend. Next week is the last week of parliamentary sittings for the year.

“None of us have thrown our toys out of the crib,” Mr Barton said. “The government is acting in good faith, we are acting in good faith.”

Sir. Hayes said that the sooner the problem was solved, the better.

The government delayed the debate on the bill last week after ex-minister Adem Somyurek surprisingly reappeared, promising to tip the vote against his former party.

Labor has listed the Pandemic Act as its first set of rules when the upper house next sits on Tuesday.

Jeff Bourman, a lawmaker for the Shooters, Fishes and Farmers Party who strongly opposes the pandemic legislation, said continuing the state of emergency seemed to be the government’s only recourse.

“I have a feeling they will have to work on extending the state of emergency,” he said. “The government needs something.”

Mrs Patten said lifting the state of emergency without the adoption of new pandemic laws would leave Victoria in a dangerous situation.

The government has less than a week to back up to ensure it can enforce health orders that have supported the state’s pandemic response. Without it, it may not be able to enforce vaccine mandates; no jab, no access rules for restaurants and retail; isolation requirements for COVID-19 positive cases; and quarantine rules for the unvaccinated.


Road Minister Ben Carroll said on Friday that Mrs Symes and Health Minister Martin Foley were “working very hard on this”.

“I know how important this legislation is. It is crucial that it passes, and I know we are working hard towards that, “Mr Carroll said.

“I will leave it to the negotiators who meet in good faith. Things are constructive and we will take care of Parliament when it comes around next Tuesday.”

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