The Andrews Government’s controversial Pandemic Management Bill has stalled after it failed to secure an additional vote in the upper house.
Mr Davis said the legislation, which was secretly negotiated between the Labor Party and three crossbenchers before reaching Parliament, was a “botched process from the start”.
“They’ve had six months to consult widely but they stuck with just their three favoured Labor-voting independents,” Mr Davis told Sky News Australia.
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“They should have done this properly from the start they should have talked to people broadly, people across the Parliament, people across the community.”
The proposed bill would remove the power to declare a pandemic from the Chief Health Officer and hand it to the Premier, along with the ability to extend the state of emergency in three-month blocks.
The Health Minister will also be handed wide-ranging powers to introduce broad “pandemic orders” which could include the detention of people, restricting movement and regulating public or private gatherings.
The state Opposition has flagged that it would work with the Premier on this bill but has also indicated it would repeal any legislation if it won government and introduce new laws.
Mr Davis said the legislation would bestow too much power to Premier Daniel Andrews and railed against the lack of Parliamentary oversight.
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“The bill is deeply flawed, power for the Premier, he’s a lockdown Premier, he’s trigger happy, he wants to lock us down more,” Mr Davis said.
“And this would give him unbridled power to do so and give his Minister the capacity to make any order.
“Let the Premier or someone else make that first step but after that it should come back to Parliament… so that there’s a very clear bipartisan aspect to any extension.”
The Andrews Government has until November 30 when Parliament resumes to secure another vote in the Legislative Council after former Labor Minister Adem Somyurek vowed to block the legislation.
The existing emergency provisions are set to expire on December 15.

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