Former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett has launched an extraordinary attack on Daniel Andrews as a “communist” and “dictator” for delaying Melbourne’s reopening.
Melbourne will remain closed for a few more days until test results from the northern suburbs outbreak are processed, dashing business owners’ hopes.
Mr Kennett unleashed his tirade on the Sunday Project and surprised the panel with his anger.
Host Peter Van Onselen said calling Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews a “communist” and “dictator” was “an exaggeration” and led Jeff Kennett to turn against him: “You’re lucky you have a job.”
Host Peter Van Onselen asked the former Liberal Prime Minister why a few more days were important – but received more than he expected in response.
Mr. Kennett initially said companies need to prepare by ordering food, cleaning and hiring – but he soon got angry.
“We had seven new cases today – seven,” he said.
,We have With a population of 6.4 million people and seven cases, 6.4 million people continue to be held hostage by this Prime Minister. ‚
‚NSW has more cases than us some days and not only are they continuing to act, but they also have no steel rings – we have a 5km radius and now we have a 25km radius.
“This is a communist state.”
Hosts Lisa Wilkinson, Tommy Little and Peter Van Onselen were all a little surprised at Mr. Kennett’s passion.
Pictured: South Melbourne Market on Sunday. Locals ignore the Prime Minister’s rules and flock to South Melbourne Market, many without masks or social distancing
Former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett (Liberal, pictured) has angered Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (Labor) for dealing with coronaviruses, calling him a “communist” and a “dictator”.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) has put Melbourne’s reopening on hold for a few days pending test results from the northern suburbs eruption
Project leader Lisa Wilkinson asked if it was a “partisan pile” as Coalition MP Greg Hunt had also echoed Mr Kennett’s views against a Labor State prime minister
Lisa Wilkinson noted that the coalition’s federal health minister, Greg Hunt, had reiterated this position and asked if it was a “partisan pile” from Secretary of Labor Daniel Andrews.
Mr Kennett replied, “People have died” before saying the crisis was “treated catastrophically” and accused the Andrews administration of “corruption” and not “being honest with the community”.
Peter Van Onselen said he was not sure if inflated rhetoric about communism is helping people “on the fence”.
People in Heidelberg West, Melbourne, will be tested for coronavirus on Sunday
A pop-up test clinic on Sunday in Heidelberg West in Melbourne. The reopening in Melbourne has been delayed by a few days pending test results from a recent outbreak
Mr. Kennett then stepped down on his “communist” charges and instead called the Andrews administration a “dictatorship”.
“We cannot travel around our state. Corporations cannot open and they are all one man’s decisions, ”he said.
“All right, I accept” communism “is a bit of an exaggeration – but it’s a dictatorship. He doesn’t listen to people in his own party. ‚
When Peter Van Onselen insisted that it could not be a dictatorship since Daniel Andrews was elected by his own party, Mr. Kennett turned against him.
“Well, you are very lucky that you still have a job,” he told The Project TV Host.
“You keep drawing your salary, my friend, you are very, very happy – but I tell you how many people here in Victoria will never recover from how we dealt with this virus.”
Jeff Kennett has repeatedly attacked the Andrews administration, calling for Victoria to reopen since at least August.
Earlier this month, he asked Mr. Andrews to stop, a request he repeated on Sunday.
Mr Kennett wants Victoria to have a management strategy like NSW that has a liberal state government rather than an elimination strategy.
On Sunday Andrews said he still hopes to make “final announcements about the opening of metropolitan Melbourne in a few days.”
Restrictions on gatherings and gyms in the Victoria area are due to be eased somewhat from Wednesday.
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