A huge crowd of anti-vaccination protesters assembled outside Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, chanting “kill the bill” to rally against the government’s new pandemic laws.
One person who led the march carried a huge placard: “Sack Dan, make Victoria Great Again”.
Another person held a placard that read: “No vaccine passport” as they yelled, “save our future, save our children” and “stand with us”.
The government’s new laws would give Mr Andrews power to declare a pandemic for three months at a time and allow Health Minister Martin Foley to sign off on public health orders.
Under the bill, people found guilty of “intentionally and recklessly” breaching public health orders would also face two years in jail or a $90,500 fine and businesses could be fined up to $452,500.
Protesters also marched to rally against mandatory jabs for workplaces, calling for the end to “vaccination segregation”.
One person who led the march carried a huge placard that wrote, “Sack Dan, make Victoria Great Again”. Picture: News Corp
Daniel Andrews has made November 26 a deadline for when authorised workers must receive their second vaccine.
The Premier also warned unvaccinated Victorians will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions “well into 2022”.
“It will not be when we reach 90 per cent. It will not be anytime soon. That is going to function for a period of time, well into 2022,” he said.
New laws to allow Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to declare pandemic
Meanwhile, animal rights activists gathered directly opposite the gates chanting “Nup to the Cup” to rally against the cruelty of the racing industry.
Police arrested nine protesters who tried to chain themselves to a tip truck loaded with manure.
The truck pulled up at the Flemington Road gates just after 10am on Tuesday before eight protesters tried to chain themselves onto it.
“Police quickly responded and took all into custody,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“The driver of the truck was also arrested.”
More than 600 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Victoria
Victoria’s daily coronavirus figures have fallen below 1,000 for the first time since September 29.
The state reported 989 new local cases and nine deaths in the 24 hours to midnight.
More than 92 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 81.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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