Downfall Of A Vicious Tyrant?
Since Covid hit, Daniel Andrews has been perched atop his throne, ruling Victoria with an iron fist. There has been no end to the extent he would go to in the name of “keeping Victorians safe.” Lockdowns, restrictions, mandates – he has had them all. His state has resembled a prison, with Melbourne becoming infamous for claiming the title of most locked-down place in the world. For the last two years, Dictator Dan has been seemingly untouchable. That is, until now.
For much of the last few weeks, the talk of the town has been Dan’s permanent pandemic bill. It has been widely discussed, with legal experts, including 60 QCs and the Victorian bar, and others with common sense opposing it in all its tyrannical nature. The bill was the Premier’s key to unlocking almost unlimited power and control over the people of his state. After some deals with the crossbench in Victoria’s Legislative Assembly, it was practically inevitable that the Bill would pass through both Houses and into law, making Dictator Dan a reality.
But just when we thought all hope was lost, there was a twist of fate, and along came an unlikely hero — or a spanner in the works, anyway.
On Wednesday afternoon, Adem Somyurek, a man who has been plagued by investigations by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission into branch-stacking, someone we all could be forgiven for forgetting was still a member of the Victorian Legislative Council, handed over his proof of vaccination to Victorian Parliament and was admitted to Parliament House.
And so began the swirl of speculation that the unthinkable was about to unfold. Without Somyurek’s vote, the numbers would fall out of the Premier’s favour, and leave his Bill in the dust.
As protestors gathered outside Parliament for a fourth consecutive night, Somyurek took to the Herald Sun with an op-ed tearing apart Dan’s bill, writing “it gives too much power to the government.” With that, the rumours were confirmed – Somyurek was going to be the silver bullet that would deal the fatal blow to the bill, and along with it set fire to Daniel Andrews’ hopes and dreams of becoming an all-powerful dictator.