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Victoria Covid update: sweeping law changes to give premier power to declare pandemics

Daniel Andrews says the proposed change is based on New Zealand legislation and includes an independent committee to review public health orders * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The Victorian government will introduce new laws that will give the premier sweeping powers to declare pandemics and enforce public health orders for three months at a time. Premier Daniel Andrews has defended the legislation, to be tabled in parliament on Tuesday, that would strip the chief health officer of their power to have a final say on restrictions. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

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