Sky News host Rowan Dean says Daniel Andrews’ attempts to create his own “private militia of Leftist public servants” will turn the state into “1984 on steroids”.
It comes as the Andrews is expected to introduce sweeping new powers for public servants giving them the authority of authorised officers with the ability to indefinitely detain Victorians.
The bill – which will last until April 2021 – gives officers the power to detain people whom they perceive to be a high-risk person (either with COVID-19 or a close contact) and who refuses to comply with health directives.
Mr Dean pointed to yet another example of police overreach and excessive use of force in Melbourne as an example of the increasing influence of police in Victoria. “Welcome to Labor’s Orwellian nightmare,” he said.