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Fired Victorian minister Adem Somyurek speaks out on Daniel Andrews’ 8pm to 5am curfew for COVID-19

The real reason Daniel Andrews has imposed a curfew in Melbourne – and why he sees the economy as ‘collateral damage’ after the hotel quarantine disaster

  • The former Victorian Secretary of Labor has spoken out against Prime Minister Daniel Andrews
  • Adem Somyurek said the 8pm curfew was the product of Prime Minister’s middle-class opinion
  • Mr Somyurek, his former boss, sidelined ministers after a disaster in hotel quarantine
  • The social-left prime minister is accused of neglecting the costs of economic lockdown

A former Victorian minister in Daniel Andrews’s administration has claimed his former boss imposed a curfew for not understanding working-class voters.

Adem Somyurek has spoken out for the first time since he was fired as Minister of Local Government and Small Business in June, following a 60-minute talk about his alleged accumulation of Labor affiliates.

The Turkish-born former right-wing power broker said Andrews didn’t understand how working-class people often went out after dark – despite being the leader of the Labor Party.

To Andrews, curfew was a trivial matter: “Why would anyone want to go out after 8pm – you can’t go to Coles or go jogging, so what’s the problem?” He couldn’t understand the fuss, ”Mr Somyurek said in an op-ed The Australian.

A former Victorian minister in Daniel Andrews' administration has claimed his former boss has imposed a curfew for not understanding working-class voters. Pictured is South Yarra during curfew

A former Victorian minister in Daniel Andrews’ administration has claimed his former boss has imposed a curfew for not understanding working-class voters. Pictured is South Yarra during curfew

Adem Somyurek has spoken out for the first time since he was fired in June as Minister of Local Government and Small Business, following a 60-minute exposition of alleged Labor affiliates stacking. He is pictured outside his Melbourne home in June

Adem Somyurek has spoken out for the first time since he was fired in June as Minister of Local Government and Small Business, following a 60-minute exposition of alleged Labor affiliates stacking. He is pictured outside his Melbourne home in June

Adem Somyurek has spoken out for the first time since he was fired in June as Minister of Local Government and Small Business, following a 60-minute exposition of alleged Labor affiliates stacking. He is pictured outside his Melbourne home in June

In Andrews’ world of middle-class domestic bliss, everyone should be in bed by 8 p.m. ‘

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 26,898

Victoria: 20,042

New South Wales: 4,200

Queensland: 1,152

Western Australia: 662

South Australia: 466

Tasmania: 230

Australian Capital Territory: 113

Northern Territory: 33

TOTAL CASES: 26,898

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 903

DEATH: 849

Updated: September 20, 2020, 8:50 PM

Melbourne’s five million residents have been subject to a 20:00 to 05:00 curfew with fines of $ 1,652 for being outside during those hours since August 2, in an effort to reduce active COVID-19 cases.

Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer, revealed earlier this month that curfew was not his idea, while State Police Commissioner Shane Patton admitted that his troops had only been notified of the policy for a “ few hours ”.

Mr Somyurek said that following the hotel’s quarantine fiasco, Mr Andrews became a more authoritarian leader who sidelined his ministers, including those with “deep knowledge of their portfolios.”

Decision-making was centralized around the prime minister, his cabinet and his department; department secretaries began reporting directly to the prime minister as ministers were sidelined and the government began operating in silos, ”said Somyurek.

Mr Somyurek said Mr Andrews, who comes from Labour’s Left faction, had little regard for the economic costs of his Stage Four lockdowns.

“The loss of civil rights and economic damage are only collateral damage,” he said.

The Institute of Public Affairs, a free-market think tank, estimated that the phase four lockdown would cost the Victorian economy $ 3.17 billion a week.

By that calculation, a six-week lockdown would cost the equivalent of Victoria’s annual allocation of $ 17.7 billion from the proceeds of the goods and services tax.

The Turkish-born former power broker of the right-wing faction said Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) failed to understand how working-class people often went out after dark - despite being the leader of the Labor Party.

The Turkish-born former power broker of the right-wing faction said Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) failed to understand how working-class people often went out after dark - despite being the leader of the Labor Party.

The Turkish-born former power broker of the right-wing faction said Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) failed to understand how working-class people often went out after dark – despite being the leader of the Labor Party.

Mr. Somyurek said Mr. Andrews was initially an advisory minister during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That changed in June after the decision to deploy private security companies to monitor quarantine hotels resulted in new outbreaks of the virus in the north and west of the city.

This led to the prime minister centralizing power and decision-making in his office rather than discussing the proposal with his cabinet ministers.

Victoria’s 761 deaths from the coronavirus make up 89.63 percent of the 849 fatalities in Australia.

The state’s 20,042 cases also make up nearly three-quarters, or 74.5 percent, of the total number of 26,898 national cases.

Mr Andrews’s Labor government won a landslide re-election victory in November 2018 by picking up wealthy voters in southeast Melbourne who had traditionally voted liberal, including the Burwood and Hawthorn seats previously held by the prime ministers of the Jeff Kennett and Ted Baillieu coalition.

Mr Somyurek said the Prime Minister did not understand how anyone would want to go to Coles after 8pm. Pictured is a Coles supermarket in Chadstone in southeast Melbourne

Mr Somyurek said the Prime Minister did not understand how anyone would want to go to Coles after 8pm. Pictured is a Coles supermarket in Chadstone in southeast Melbourne

Mr Somyurek said the Prime Minister did not understand how anyone would want to go to Coles after 8pm. Pictured is a Coles supermarket in Chadstone in southeast Melbourne

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