Jeff Kennett has accused Premier Daniel Andrews of not respecting the “rules and laws of the day” in a scathing assessment of the government just days out from what looks set to be a tight state election on Saturday.
The former two-term Liberal premier claimed under Mr Andrews’ leadership the state government had violated the rules of Australian democracy.
“Previous Victorian governments have respected the rules and laws of the day. Sadly, Daniel hasn’t done that,” Mr Kennett told Englishheadline host Peta Credlin.
“We’ve moved from the traditional form of the Westminster system being applied by the government of the day to one of autocracy.
“And this hasn’t just happened in the last two or three years, it started with the red shirts eight years ago.
“There has been a continual program reemphasised from time to time.”
The Andrews Government’s management of COVID-19 is likely to be at the forefront of voters’ minds when they head to the polls on Saturday after the state endured 263 days of lockdowns during the pandemic.
Mr Kennett criticised the government’s response to the hotel quarantine debacle, which saw private security firms put in charge of the system.
“The premier and all his ministers and public servants said they can’t remember who authorised the employment of the New South Wales security people,” he said.
The nation’s longest-serving leader is bidding for a third term as Victorian Premier but looks to be facing a harder battle than many had expected.
Polling by RedBridge Group published by the Herald Sun on Thursday suggests Labor could fall short of a majority and be forced to work with the Greens to form a government.
Mr Kennett put this down to voter frustration and fatigue with the government.
“I think that the public are upset, I think they’re thinking – do we want more of the same?,” he said.
“This isn’t an election – in my opinion – between Labor, the Coalition, and independents.
“This is a referendum on Daniel Andrews, and a referendum on what we Victorians want of our government for the next four years.”