There are calls for Victoria to implement a ‘Compassion watchdog’ under a plan to make the state’s lockdown rules fairer.

The state opposition is calling for a ‘Compassion Commissioner’ – similar to an Ombudsman – which would decide whether locked-down Victorians can visit dying loved ones or grieving relatives.

Under the proposal, the Compassion Commissioner would sit separate to the state’s Covid-19 response team, and receive cases directly from the public.

Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien has accused the government of losing all common sense and compassion under the current system.

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