House debates

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Statements by Members

COVID-19: Victoria

1:46 pm

Photo of Gladys LiuGladys Liu (Chisholm, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

This week has been a great one for Victoria. Together, we have had a major victory, and our community can now re-open. I'm especially proud of the Chisholm community for achieving zero cases.

Let's make no mistake: this wasn't easy. People have suffered enormously. I hope that the Victorian contact tracing is now up to the national standard and that Victorians remain free. Businesses have ground to a halt, mental health has declined and spirits have been at an all-time low. But we finally did it. We stopped the second wave of infection. Premier Daniel Andrews has finally given Victorians the freedom that he promised and that they earned.

While the cost to our community has been immense, thankfully, as of tonight's easing of restrictions, we can finally start to recoup this cost. Victorian businesses can now re-open, young people can enjoy their youth and socialising while safely socially distancing and families can regain a sense of sanity. Today is a day hard fought and well earned to all Victorians. We open safely and we stay safely open. (Time expired)