The government has faced criticism in recent days over decisions to impose harsher restrictions on 12 local government areas in southwestern and Western Sydney following the surfacing of emails from Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant advising against specific restrictions.
Emails outlined Dr Chant’s advice to the then-Berejiklian government to impose “consistent measures” across all of Sydney were revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Stuart Ayres has slammed suggestions the NSW government’s decision to subject 12 LGAs to harsher restrictions created a “two-tiered city”. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
Stuart Ayres slammed those saying the government’s decision created a “two-tiered city”, praising the people of western and southwestern Sydney for following strict stay-at-home health orders which has now allowed for the state’s pandemic recovery to thrive.
“I’m really over the victim mentality, this is a group of people that muscled up, rolled up their sleeves, got vaccinated, did everything we asked of them and because of what they did, that’s why we’re in a strong economic recovery position now,” he said on Tuesday.
“This whole concept of a two-tiered city has got to stop… just lets get rid of this rubbish about two tiered cities.”
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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet also defended the government’s decision saying the state’s current economic position was only possible with certain areas being put into hard lockdown.
“The decisions the NSW Government made worked,” he said.
“They kept people safe, they kept people in jobs, they kept the economy moving.”
Following the surfaced emails NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns told Sky News Australia NSW residents should have been given more transparency about the government’s decision to lockdown.
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“If the government is going to reject the advice of the Chief Health Officer a couple of things should happen,” he said.
“Firstly that advice should be made public to the taxpayers of this state and secondly they shouldn’t say to the people of NSW ‘we’re making this decision about putting two million under curfew and it’s supported by our internal bureaucrats who’ve given it a thumbs up to the decision’.”
Mr Ayres continued to defend the NSW government’s decision to subject certain areas of Sydney to tighter restrictions saying restrictions were always based on the health advice.
“We took the decisions based on all the information that came to us from Health, that information told us to aggressively target where the virus was, now that was in southwest and western Sydney,” he said.
“This whole idea that we should shut down parts of Sydney because they didn’t have any virus in them to make other people feel better, it’s rubbish, it’s complete rubbish.”

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