In Parliament

Members Statement - Pandemic Laws Survey



Thursday, 28 October 2021.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (9:50):

Victorians are speaking out strongly in Opposition to the Premier’s pandemic management.

They know that Labor has mismanaged the State. They also know that the

Premier’s decisions have been punitive, and his restrictions have hurt people.

Labor cannot be trusted with increased power.

Throughout the pandemic I have asked my community directly about their views on important issues, including state-of-emergency powers and lockdowns.

This week I asked my community about pandemic management. Their response has been overwhelming, with thousands letting me know how desperately opposed they are to the Government.

Within hours, over 95 per cent of thousands of respondents from my constituency told me they oppose new powers, oppose laws being transferred from health professionals and oppose extending the length of a declaration.

By the end of the first day, it was not just my community who had responded so ferociously.

Without intention for the text message survey to leave my community, it had gone viral.

In less than two days over 130,000 people have accessed it, with many of the respondents living within the sand belt. The results have proven identical to the assessments of my community. Over 95 per cent are in Opposition across

St Kilda, Bentleigh, Mordialloc and suburbs right down the sand belt.

I say directly to those who have responded: your Labor representatives are not listening to you, but the Liberal Party has heard you.

We will be a strong voice on your behalf.

Put Labor last when you vote at the next State election.