Health Minister Brad Hazzard tabled a proposal to Cabinet on Monday which would extend the provisions until March 2023 after a recommendation from Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.
Mr Park said the move was a “complete overreach” at a time when businesses and consumers needed certainty ahead of an economic resurgence over the Christmas holidays.
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“This is a complete overreach at a time when we need businesses back to work employees back to work, our economy open,” Mr Park told Sky News Australia’s Chris Kenny.
“That’s not reasonable, that’s not fair and I don’t think that’s what the community expects.
“You can’t have a situation where legislation like this goes on indefinitely when we’re trying to send a signal to people, business workers, it’s time to get back to work.”
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The proposal was initially approved by Cabinet before receiving considerable backlash from some Coalition MPs.
Premier Dominic Perrottet quickly moved to settle the emerging crisis and said late on Wednesday that he would spend the Christmas period looking over the proposals.
“Only the health provisions that need to be extended will be extended. I will be carefully considering this matter over the summer break,” the Premier said in a statement to
Mr Park said the government had advised him of the proposal without any official bill last week, and criticised the timing of the revised powers as Parliament is set to adjourn on November 26.
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“What I was shocked by when they came and first spoke to me was there was no bill to even have a look at, yet it was going to be rammed through in the last five or six days in the NSW Parliament,” he said.
“Even as late as yesterday we didn’t see a bill, it was meant to be introduced yesterday. Quite clearly there was internal problems with their own party processes and it got pulled.
“There’s no need for it in the last half dozen days in parliament because we’re back in February next year anyway.”
The current provisions are enforced until early 2022 with Parliament resuming in February.
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Under the state of emergency powers, the Health Minister has jurisdiction to declare Public Health Orders including restriction of movement, mask mandates, curfews and lockdowns.
The Australian reported Mr Hazzard took the proposal to a party room meeting on Tuesday where multiple MPs challenged the necessity for the powers to be extended until March 2023.
It comes after NSW surpassed the 90 per cent double-dose vaccination rate, with greater freedoms being returned to fully jabbed citizens at both the 70 per cent and 80 per cent milestones.

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