Why Daniel Andrews Could Face The Resignation: Victorian Prime Minister Could Be Hit With A No-Confidence Motion In Days – As The State Turns On Him Over His Handling The Pandemic
- Michael O’Brien will table a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday
- The opposition leader will argue that Dan Andrews has lost the support of Victorians
- O’Brien said the Andrews government messed up the handling of COVID-19
- The motion will be voted on by MPs in the Lower House next month
Daniel Andrews’ days as Victorian Prime Minister could be numbered, with a vote of no confidence filed against him within days.
State opposition leader Michael O’Brien will make the proposal Thursday, arguing that Andrews’ government had lost support from Victorians over the COVID-19 approach.
He said failures in the hotel quarantine system and contract search measures led to the state’s second horrific wave and subsequent return to lockdown.
MPs will vote on the motion next month, which will then have eight days to pass by the assembly if it passes.
Victorian opposition leader Michael O’Brien (pictured) will file a vote of no confidence against the Andrews government in parliament on Thursday
“Victoria deserves the chance for a fresh start,” said Mr. O’Brien Herald Sun reported.
Every Labor MP will have to decide whether to vote to protect their community’s jobs or those of the prime minister.
“A vote of no confidence is not taken lightly, but increasingly frustrated Victorians are telling us loud and clear that Andrews must go.”
A vote of no confidence is a statement or vote as to whether the ruling party is still in office, with the opposition allowed to present only one per term.
However, the motion is unlikely to pass, as the House of Representatives has a Labor majority of 11 seats.
The news of the attempt to oust Victoria’s prime minister comes as he faces a contradictory statement provided in an investigation into the state’s second wave of COVID-19.
The Andrews government has been plagued with criticism over a series of controversies attributed to the second outbreak in Victoria.
The contamination was traced to the hotel quarantine breaches, where security guards from private contracting companies fail to enforce COVID-19 security rules – some allegedly having sex with returning travelers.
Prime Minister Andrews was beaten for outsourcing guards instead of using the ADF, later telling an investigation into the fiasco that he never got the offer.
On Tuesday, the emails submitted to the investigation contradicted his statements, which showed that the Prime Minister’s office had written three letters offering defense, but none were accepted.
The next state election will take place in 2022.