Daniel Andrews has been incomes $1,209 a day on sick depart for the previous three months whereas unusual Victorians have been stopped from working attributable to his authorities’s brutal two-week lockdown.
The premier suffered 5 damaged ribs and a fractured T7 vertebrae after falling on ‘moist and slippery’ stairs at a vacation house on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, at 6.30am on March 9.
Throughout his day off for the reason that fall, Mr Andrews has earned $111,266.64, virtually double the common annual wage of Victorians which is $63,500, sparking requires him to sacrifice a few of his pay.
Dan Andrews (pictured with daughter Grace, 18) in April as he recovers from a critical again damage
Whereas the premier has been raking in $1,209 a day, unusual Aussies (pictured in a restaurant earlier than lockdown) have been unable to work attributable to Covid restrictions. Anybody who can’t work attributable to lockdown can declare $500 per week from the federal authorities
Members of parliament are usually not employed however receives a commission for the workplace they maintain, which means they haven’t any depart limits – in stark distinction to Aussies employed within the personal sector who solely get a minimal of 10 days private depart per 12 months.
Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley mentioned Mr Andrews ought to sacrifice a few of his $441,439 yearly wage and solely take an MP’s base wage of $182,413 whereas off sick.
‘Sufficient is sufficient, Daniel Andrews cannot proceed to receives a commission for a job he isn’t doing. He ought to solely be getting the essential MP’s pay whereas he is off work,’ she mentioned.
The Victorian ministers and public servants presiding over the state’s fourth lockdown which has crippled companies and left households with out earnings are having fun with a few of the greatest payrises within the nation.
Simply earlier than the state’s 112-day winter lockdown in July final 12 months, Victorian politicians had been handed an 11.8 per cent pay enhance by an unbiased tribunal.
The transfer pushed Performing Premier James Merlino’s wage up $39,601 to $375,771 as Premier Daniel Andrews’ paypacket elevated by $46,522 to $441,439.
Premier Daniel Andrews’ paypacket elevated by $46,522 to $441,439 in July final 12 months
In stark distinction, Scott Morrison froze salaries for federal politicians and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave herself a brief $47,104 pay reduce because of the pandemic.
Cian Hussey, Analysis Fellow on the Institute of Public Affairs, mentioned the Andrews authorities has created ‘two Victorias’ with its coverage of harsh lockdowns.
‘Lockdown measures have destroyed companies and price personal sector staff their jobs and wages whereas public sector staff have thrived,’ he instructed Day by day Mail Australia.
‘So long as public sector staff, and politicians particularly, stay this indifferent from the true economic system, they’ll maintain imposing lockdown measures as a result of it does not price them something,’ he mentioned.
Chrissie Maus, Chapel Avenue Precinct Common Supervisor mentioned the most recent lockdown was devastating for companies.
‘We had been having a renaissance of companies opening, particularly within the hospitality sector, unparalleled wherever in Australia. That is one more blow,’ she mentioned.
‘Our neighborhood’s psychological well being and re-living the trauma from 2020 is of my highest concern.’
Dan Andrews was pictured in his spouse’s Instagram story on Saturday night receiving a DIY lockdown haircut – however it did not present his face
Mr Andrews was injured on March 9 and spent 10 days in hospital. Conspiracy theorists claimed this picture was photoshopped to point out his head on some-one else’s physique
In the meantime, Daniel Andrews is beneath stress to reply eleven questions on his mysterious fall to ‘show there isn’t a cowl up’ after successfully vanishing from public view for 91 days.
The Liberal-Nationwide state Opposition is demanding solutions after Day by day Mail Australia first questioned why the Victoria premier, probably the most outstanding figures in Australia, has hidden himself away throughout his restoration, permitting quite a few conspiracy theories to flow into.
Since his accident, Mr Andrews has solely been seen in three social media pictures, together with one posted by his spouse Catherine on Saturday which confirmed her slicing his hair together with his face coated by a comb.
The 11 questions Daniel Andrews should reply about his accidents
• Who was in the home on the time of the incident?
• What’s the handle of the home the place it occurred?
• Who owns the property?
• What time was an ambulance referred to as?
• Who referred to as the ambulance?
• What time did the ambulance arrive?
• Which ambulance station was the ambulance dispatched from?
• Who made the choice to take the Premier to Peninsula Non-public?
• Have been the police contacted?
• Did the police attend?
• Has Daniel Andrews been interviewed both formally or informally by the police in relation to something that occurred over that lengthy weekend?
Supply: Liberal-Nationwide Opposition
In an announcement six days after the incident, Mr Andrews mentioned ‘I landed flat on my again and hit the steps exhausting straight beneath the shoulder blades’ – however the scant particulars have sparked a spread of conspiracy theories together with that he was overwhelmed up by a union official or bashed by a businessman upset about Covid-19 lockdowns.
Some conspiracy theorists even claimed a social media picture exhibiting Mr Andrews in his early restoration stage was photoshopped to point out his head on some-one else’s physique. These near the premier say the theories are nonsense.
The Liberal-Nationwide Opposition believes Mr Andrews owes it to taxpayers to disclose extra particulars concerning the incident and show there isn’t a ‘cowl up’ as he clocks up 91 days off sick on full pay.
MPs need to know who was in the home on the time, in addition to the house’s handle and the identify of the proprietor.
In addition they need to know if police had been referred to as and if Mr Andrews has been interviewed by officers ‘both formally or informally’ over something that occurred that weekend.
‘If there isn’t a cowl up then there isn’t a cause to not present solutions to those easy questions,’ mentioned shadow treasurer Louise Staley.
‘Victorians want honesty and transparency from Daniel Andrews concerning the circumstances of his damage.
‘Everyone seems to be entitled to privateness about their well being, however these questions are usually not concerning the nature of his accidents, solely how he received these accidents.’
Liberal MP James Newbury joined requires extra particulars, telling Day by day Mail Australia: ‘No-one is questioning whether or not Daniel Andrews is sick – however because the elected chief of 6.7 million folks, he owes Victorians a correct clarification as to what actually occurred to him.’
‘Victoria is in the course of its fourth lockdown and other people’s lives and livelihoods are on the road. We deserve extra from Daniel Andrews than a few social media posts or a photograph of his spouse slicing his hair.’
Absent Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured together with his spouse) was criticised for saying that Victorians are having ‘one other week off work’ in his first social media put up since April 18
A better take a look at the message posted by Daniel Andrews on Wednesday as he recovers from a again damage
Day by day Mail Australia has contacted the premier’s workplace for remark.
Mr Andrews, who oversaw Melbourne’s 112-day lockdown final 12 months, mentioned on Wednesday he would return to work later this month.
It was the primary time he had addressed the general public since a social media put up on April 18, when he mentioned he was making ‘gradual and regular progress’.
In an announcement posted on social media the premier referred to as on Victorians to stay robust as they confronted one other seven days in lockdown.
Daniel Andrews issued this message to Victorians on social media on Wednesday evening after weeks of silence
An indication on the door of a enterprise in Melbourne after the extension of lockdown was introduced
‘I’ve extra scans and a gathering with my medical staff subsequent week. I will let you understand how that goes and precisely after I’ll be again on deck later this month,’ he wrote.
Nevertheless, one flip of phrase in his message sparked outrage from opponents.
‘However I did need to ship a message to Victorians going through one other week off work, away from college, or with the children at house,’ he wrote.
The sentence sparked accusations that Mr Andrews was failing to know the injury brought on by lockdowns.
David Hodgett, shadow training minister, wrote: ‘This can be a Premier fully out of contact with unusual Victorians.
‘No, Premier, these staff are usually not having ”one other week off work”. They’re being financially ruined by your authorities.’
Victorian Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley needs Mr Andrews to sacrifice some pay
It comes after Scott Morrison mentioned Victoria ought to elevate its crippling Covid-19 restrictions ‘as quickly as potential’.
The Prime Minister significantly needs to see youngsters in school after the state authorities solely allowed college students in years 11 and 12 to return to class this week.
For the reason that begin of the pandemic Victorian youngsters have been stopped from going to high school for 23 weeks, in comparison with simply seven weeks in New South Wales, elevating fears they are going to be left behind college students in different states.
‘Children have misplaced sufficient outing of faculty, over the course of the final 18 months, and it is crucial we get these youngsters again to high school as quickly as potential,’ Mr Morrison instructed reporters in Sydney on Monday.
‘I’m hopeful these restrictions in Victoria shall be lifted as quickly as potential… I’d be urging that we transfer to elevate these restrictions as quickly as potential.’
Nevertheless, Victoria’s chief well being officer Brett Sutton has warned the state will not ‘snap again’ to regular when lockdown is because of finish in Melbourne on Thursday after a two-week shutdown.
On Tuesday Victoria recorded simply two new instances which took the state’s newest outbreak – which originated in lodge quarantine in Adelaide – to 83 instances.
College students at Lysterfield Main College return to high school in Melbourne in October after a prolonged lockdown attributable to Covid-19