Andrews government in 'secret negotiations' for permanent pandemic laws
Managing Director of Reignite Democracy Australia Monica Smit says for the "last year and a half" the Andrews government has been working with parliamentary crossbenchers to "make the votes" to introduce permanent pandemic laws into Victoria. The remarks come amid reports from the Nine Papers the Andrews government is in "secret" negotiations with three crossbenchers to create "permanent pandemic laws". "It's shocking it's been happening for the last year and a half," she told Sky News host Alan Jones. "Those three crossbenchers are basically deciding everything and it makes the other members of parliament, who are very good by the way, must feel quite helpless to not have a vote. "The Andrews government isn't even talking to these other members of parliament just the three that makes the votes." Mr Jones said the trade-off the crossbenchers wanted was for police to "record the racial appearance of people they stop or fine" for breaching health directives.