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Victoria has become the first state with pandemic-specific laws after controversial bill passes #englishheadline #Victoria #state #pandemicspecific #laws #controversial #bill #passes

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It means the premier and health minister — rather than the chief health officer — will have the power to declare a pandemic and enforce restrictions during a health crisis from 16 December, when Victoria’s state of emergency expires.

Earlier this week, the state government agreed to six amendments after securing a vote on the bill from Mr Barton.

The amendments include the creation of a cross-parliamentary committee as soon as practicable after a pandemic declaration is made, the committee can also recommend the disallowance of pandemic orders.

Parliament will be able to disallow pandemic orders by an absolute majority in a joint sitting of both houses, under the changes.

Additionally, a two-year review, carried out by independent legal and health experts, will start within 18 months of a pandemic declaration.

A new independent merits review scheme for detention orders will replace the current Detention Review Officer Panel, and the amendments will remove the aggravated offence clause.

The changes will also clarify that complaints about detention can be made to the Victorian Ombudsman and parliament or a committee can refer a matter for investigation.

The upper house sat for 21 hours debating several amendments to the bill this week. 

The legislation became a lightning rod for anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination groups, who have occupied the steps of state parliament for weeks in protest.

The bill will return to the lower house, where the government has a majority, for final approval.



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