Victorian Government offers compromise on state of emergency, crossbench MP says

A key crossbench MP says the State Government has approached her with a compromise proposal which would allow the state of emergency to be extended by a further six months, rather than a year as originally proposed.

The ABC has confirmed the Government approached the leader of the Reason Party Fiona Patten with the new proposal.

Under current laws, a state of emergency must be renewed each month and can last for a maximum of six consecutive months.

State Parliament is due to consider the changes next week.

The State Government needs the legislative change to go ahead so it can legally enforce the Chief Health Officer’s directions such as mandatory face masks and social distancing after September 13 when the current state of emergency ends.

The Government has been contacted for comment.

More to come.