“We said that, as the state of emergency and legislative arrangements fell due, we made a commitment some time ago that we will introduce pandemics specific laws that we will have a set of measures that were not written with a hypothetical in mind, but with experiences that we have all been through, all of us, all over last 20 plus months,” he said.
“That is exactly the framework that we have introduced into parliament.”
The new legislation, modelled on New Zealand and some other state laws, will have a “broader focus” and will set Victoria up for the future of what the coronavirus pandemic will look like.
He said there was “widespread” consultation with experts across “many different fields” to come up with the model.
“We are in a different face and when a specific laws, just as we promised, that will protect us and keep us safe,” he said.
Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said he does not feel he has been side-lined by the state government.
“Not at all, is the case for any jurisdiction in Australia that it’s a parliament to make the laws, the population works under. That on matter for parliament,” he said.
“It’s a pleasure to work under the existing framework if those improvements to make or Eve there is changes to make with better reflect that reflect the representative in parliament and that’s how it should be.”
He stressed he would continue to offer his public health advice to responses and would be happy to see the new legislation passed.
Prof Sutton highlighted the “phenomenal speed” of vaccination rates in nine local government areas (LGAs) of Hume, Swan Hill, Wyndham, Melton, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Mildura, and Whittlesey.
The LGAs recorded a 1.2 per cent increase each day last week, totalling 10 per cent.
State hubs, GPs and pharmacies administered 48,097 doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
Just over 90 per cent have received one jab and 75 per cent of the eligible population aged over 16 in Victoria is fully vaccinated.
Victoria recorded 1,510 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the 24 hours to midnight, the Department of Health announced on Tuesday.
The results came from a drop in testing rates with 55,679 swabs and takes the number of active cases to 24,715 – a slight decrease from the previous day of 24,831.
There are 817 COVID-19 patients in hospital – up from 802, with 147 in intensive care and 88 of those are on a ventilator.
The state is recording 789 infections per day based on its seven-day average.

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