It could be said that many politicians provide misinformation during their political careers. This is not to be wholly unexpected as holding political positions can be uncertain at best and widely unstable at worst and the spread of misinformation is used to either aid or disable a candidate’s position within their arena. During the pandemic the Victorian Premier (Daniel Andrews) has provided a series of information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Victorian lockdown. Some of this information is erroneous, including information provided in the ‘Hotel Quarantine’ inquiry and further information including that within the roadmap. Below are three instances of such misinformation.
Regarding ADF support:
Daniel Andrews: “I think it is fundamentally incorrect to assert that there was hundreds of ADF staff on offer and somehow someone said no. That’s not, in my judgement, accurate“
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds: “ADF officials asked whether Victorian Authorities required its mandatory quarantine system on multiple occasions….. no request for quarantine support was subsequently received from Victoria at that time“
A 4 minute clip that has further evidence of misinformation is provided here.
The third step will be taken when there are “Daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 (statewide) AND less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days (statewide total).
The State reached an average of 4.6 cases over a 14 day period on 25/10/20. No lockdown measures were removed at that point in time.
The 14 day average cases reached 3.2 on 26/10/20, Daniel Andrews eased certain restrictions on this date.
Daniel Andrews: The laws “struck the right balance”
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission: “…the Bill focuses on suspected noncompliance in the future, rather than actual refusal to comply. This heightens the risk that people could be detained arbitrarily, resulting in a breach of section 21 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.”
This information should be regarded before assumptions are made as to whether Daniel Andrews has or has not acted within the State’s best interests during the year, 2020.