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Daniel Andrews accused of distraction technique through moving briefings

The sneaky theory behind why Victorian Premier ‘Chairman’ Dan Andrews changed the start time of his daily press conferences to an hour earlier this week

  • Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has moved daily press conference from 11am to 10am
  • The hotel’s quarantine investigation starts every day at 10:00 AM to question witnesses
  • Some argue that Mr. Andrews did it intentionally to distract from the investigation

Daniel Andrews has been accused of deliberately moving his daily press conference an hour earlier to divert an investigation into the state’s quarantine debacle.

This week on Mondays and Tuesdays, the Prime Minister held his briefing at 10 a.m., one hour before the usual 11 a.m. time.

The investigation into the quarantine schedule, which failed to contain the virus and triggered the state’s deadly second wave, begins every day at 10 a.m. and key witnesses are questioned.

Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been accused of deliberately moving his daily press conference an hour earlier to divert an investigation into the state's quarantine debacle.

Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been accused of deliberately moving his daily press conference an hour earlier to divert an investigation into the state’s quarantine debacle.

Opposition MP Matthew Guy also said Mr Andrews intentionally altered the timing of his briefing to divert attention from the investigation

Opposition MP Matthew Guy also said Mr Andrews intentionally altered the timing of his briefing to divert attention from the investigation

Opposition MP Matthew Guy also said Mr Andrews intentionally altered the timing of his briefing to divert attention from the investigation

The editor of the Australian workplace Ewin Hannan described Mr. Andrews’s change of timing as a “gross attempt at media management to minimize attention to the investigation.”

Opposition MP Matthew Guy also claimed that Mr Andrews had deliberately changed the timing of his briefing in order to cut attention.

For Andrews and Labor, media spin always comes first – always. It’s all about the PR. And for Andrews, it’s all about him, ”he wrote.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Prime Minister’s office for comment.

Chris Eccles, the Prime Minister's right-hand man

Chris Eccles, the Prime Minister's right-hand man

Chris Eccles, the Prime Minister’s right-hand man

Victoria’s second wave began in late May when hotel security guards and staff failed to adhere to social distance requirements, contracted the virus and spread it throughout Melbourne.

The Andrews government has been criticized for using private guards instead of soldiers and police to run the quarantine system.

On Monday, the investigation heard from the man who heads the prime minister’s office, Chris Eccles, who said he didn’t know who made the decision to use private security instead of ADF troops to enforce the quarantine.

The investigation heard that Mr Eccles was offered ADF support from Canberra, but he could not remember if he had told the Prime Minister, or anyone else, about the offer.

Daniel Andrews has denied that hundreds of troops were offered.

On Tuesday, the investigation was heard by the head of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the chief of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Victoria has had three deaths from the coronavirus, while new cases rose to 28 on Tuesday.

The latest fatalities take the state toll to 766 and the national figure to 854.

The news outlets peaked significantly on Monday 11, the lowest Victorian figure since June 16.

But the crucial 14-day moving average of new cases for Melbourne continues to drop to 32.8, while it remains at 1.6 for regional areas.

Cases with an unknown source from September 6-19 are 45 for Melbourne and none for regional Victoria.

Andrews encouraged anyone with a scratchy throat, runny nose, or headache to get tested for the virus. Pictured: Melbourne residents on Saturday

Andrews encouraged anyone with a scratchy throat, runny nose, or headache to get tested for the virus. Pictured: Melbourne residents on Saturday

Andrews encouraged anyone with a scratchy throat, runny nose, or headache to get tested for the virus. Pictured: Melbourne residents on Saturday

There was good news for Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Tuesday, with a newspaper showing that a majority of Victorian voters supported his handling of the state’s second wave.

Almost two-thirds of Australian voters also rate the state’s restrictions as “about right.”

The poll for The Australian found that 62 percent of Victorian voters agree that the prime minister handled the crisis well, despite the hotel’s quarantine stampede that triggered the second outbreak.

Thirty-five percent of Victorians thought Andrews handled the pandemic badly.

Opposition MPs want restrictions to be relaxed more quickly, as the lockdown threatens to put up to 400,000 Victorians out of work by Christmas. Pictured: A park in Melbourne on Saturdays

Opposition MPs want restrictions to be relaxed more quickly, as the lockdown threatens to put up to 400,000 Victorians out of work by Christmas. Pictured: A park in Melbourne on Saturdays

Opposition MPs want restrictions to be relaxed more quickly, as the lockdown threatens to put up to 400,000 Victorians out of work by Christmas. Pictured: A park in Melbourne on Saturdays

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