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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews strikes deal to amend pandemic bill

    Sky News Australia – Nov 16, 2021

    The Victorian Government has struck a late-night deal to amend key points in its controversial pandemic management bill.

    The Andrews Government reached an agreement with three crossbenchers which includes a requirement that the premier be “satisfied on reasonable grounds” that it is necessary to declare a pandemic.

    Under the deal, the maximum financial penalty for not complying with a pandemic order with also be halved.

    It follows concerns the draft bill allowed the state government to make orders on specific groups of people based on their characteristics – such as religion, age, sexuality or political activity.

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