Many Victorians have expressed joy over the shock resignation of Daniel Andrews, as many remain bitter over his actions and policies as premier.
Mr Andrews announced on Tuesday he would step down from the top job, sparking a mixed reaction from Victorians.
Many were upset that the prime minister was calling it quits, while others greeted the news with unbridled jubilation.
Many were still unhappy with the first 262-day Covid lockdown and the heavy-handed policing tactics used by officers during the pandemic.
Reflecting the unflattering nickname “Dictator Dan” given to him during this period, one of the Prime Minister’s fiercest critics and right-wing agitator, Avi Yemini, tweeted: “THE TYRANT IS FINALLY GONE!!! !!! »
In a flashback to the Covid period, the dueling hashtags #DictatorDan and #IStandwithDan quickly began to become popular on social media site X.
Prominent Andrews critic and filmmaker Rukshan Fernando’s thread quickly filled with those wishing the Labor strongman anything but a fond farewell.
In shock move, Dan Andrews ends his polarizing premiership in Victoria
Mr Andrews’ shock resignation was greeted with jubilation by his harshest critics.
“Feeling relieved and alive now that this vile narcissistic human has quit… Best news ever,” one said.
“Monumental shame for a politician. He can FRO,” said another.
“All our Christmases came at once,” added a third.
Several Victorians took the opportunity to remember the trauma of the Covid period, when police violently suppressed protests, including firing rubber bullets into a crowd on the steps of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.
“We will not forget. We will not forgive,” one Twitter user wrote, posting footage of riot police advancing into a panicked crowd amid the crack of their guns.
‘Good riddance. A reprieve,” wrote another.
“It is time to rejoice after so much suffering – and all those who bowed down to him must also resign.”
Mr. Andrews may have held the position for nine years and earned himself a bronze statue, but his tenure has not been without controversy.
The Victorian government announced in July that it would cancel the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which were due to be held in regional Victoria.
The move sparked a backlash from the state Liberal Party, as well as the federal government and Premier Anthony Albanese, who spoke out shortly afterward.
Many X users were quick to celebrate the end of Mr Andrews’ polarizing reign over Victoria
Last year, the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission found that two former government ministers had breached parliamentary codes of conduct.
The two men, who allegedly committed no criminal behavior, misused public funds to fuel a large branch consolidation operation, IBAC found.
The Victorian Labor Party was found to have misused $388,000 in parliamentary allowances to pay political campaign staff during the 2014 election.
Victoria’s ombudsman found 21 past and current Labor MPs breached parliamentary guidelines when staff were diverted to help campaign for MPs.
In March 2021, Dan Andrews broke his back after falling down wet stairs in Sorento, on the state’s Mornington Peninsula.
The prime minister spent 111 days recovering from his injuries, including broken ribs and spinal damage, but was criticized on his return.
The incident drew attention to allegations about the state of Victoria’s health sector, as well as inflamed conspiracy theories about the incident.
For some Victorians, seeing Andrews out of politics was far from enough.
“Now let the prosecution begin and I hope he gets a long prison sentence,” wrote one X user.
“Daniel Andrews is the most hated man in Victoria,” wrote another.
“You can resign. But we will not forget. Victoria won’t forget your grumpy fucking bully. Dan Andrews, you have to PAY!!!!’
Victorian UAP senator Ralph Babet also wanted to see Mr Andrews enjoy a quiet retirement from politics.
“He must not disappear into the private sector without first responding to a royal commission into measures taken during the pandemic,” he tweeted.
Some have begun to speculate about the real reason for the departure, with Labor having slipped in the polls following the debacle surrounding the abandonment of hosting the Commonwealth Games due to soaring costs.
“I received more comments that the CFMEU and some unions were planning to publicly call for Dan’s resignation tomorrow, so he came in first,” wrote Emily Coltraine, the woman behind the political commentary brand Meida Voice for Victoria.
“Internally, everyone knew he was leaving soon anyway, but that may have been the final straw.”
Mr Andrews oversaw one of the world’s longest Covid lockdowns and was heavily criticized for the heavy-handed tactics used by state police during that time.
News of Andrews’ resignation even reached Hollywood with the intervention of comedian and actor Rob Schneider.
“Premier Dan Andrews is shirking responsibility for the COVID response!” » he tweeted.
“As Australia wakes from its nightmare of covid tyranny, there was no other leader more full of hatred and vengeance towards his own people than the Hitler Prime Minister of Victoria, ‘Herr’ Dan Andrews. “
The virtual party is about to turn into a real party with Fernando tweeting that there will be a ‘Dan Andrews Resignation Celebration’ party taking place on the steps of Parliament from 5pm.
However, not everyone is celebrating.
“No, thanks Dan. The best leader I have seen in my Victorian decades. Truly grateful and grateful for your tireless service,” one X user wrote.
“You deserve to have some beers now!” »
“He saved thousands of lives! Only selfish people think otherwise,” another commented.
Many have hit back at the “dictator” label.
“Yes, the dictator who willingly ceded power and left on his own terms to retire happily. This is exactly how dictatorships work,” wrote one X user.
“Thanks, Dan, great job!” »wrote another.