Meanwhile, as everybody was looking southwards…

UPDATE: Dominic Perrottet dumps NSW emergency power bill.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has spectacularly dumped Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s bill seeking to expand the state’s Covid-19 emergency powers until 2023 following a bitter partyroom backlash.

Mr Hazzard had been seeking to extend the state’s emergency powers until March 2023 as part of a proposal approved by Cabinet. It was approved by cabinet but faced opposition during a meeting of the Coalition partyroom on Tuesday.

Mr Perrottet says he will rework the proposed legislation over summer. A senior minister told The Australian that many of the extraordinary powers being sought by Mr Hazzard would be removed from the bill, but sensible measures would be preserved.

A commenter at The Australian celebrates: “Faith in Perrottet restored.” I wouldn’t get that carried away. It’s smart politics in the lead-up to Christmas, clips the wings of a tiresomely arrogant health minister, doesn’t sour the gifting of ‘freedoms’ to vaccinated heroes and it buttresses Mr Perrottet’s carefully crafted image as the eastern seaboard’s goody to Daniel Andrews’ baddie. By keeping the bill’s “sensible measures,” however, the Premier once again camouflages a spectrum shift to the left with a merely comparative conservatism. Mark Latham isn’t fooled: “The new premier promised a restoration of freedom and we will hold him to that promise,” he tweeted.

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6 Responses to Meanwhile, as everybody was looking southwards…

  1. FlyingPigs says:

    lol

  2. Shy Ted says:

    But, but, but, they promised they wouldn’t. They wouldn’t like like ScoMo doesn’t lie, would they?

  3. Chris M says:

    If Perrottet had half a clue he would permanently quarantine the turkey Hazzard right now before Christmas.

  4. harrys on the boat says:

    If Perrottet had half a clue he would permanently quarantine the turkey Hazzard right now before Christmas.

    He should be in jail. A disaster since that cruise ship debacle. How does he still have a job, let alone his freedom

  5. jupes says:

    but sensible measures would be preserved.

    What does that even mean? Are the absurd rules banning singing at weddings, for example, considered ‘sensible’? I have not seen one ‘sensible measure’ since the beginning of this nightmare.

  6. Gary B says:

    We need a new political system, this is not democracy. Select MPs the same way as a jury for say 5 years at a time and use simple majority to make decisions. Referendums to be used more often, online so can be quick and get a fuller picture of what Australians want and need. And no jobs for ‘the boys’ at the end of their 5 years

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