Daniel Andrews

Victorian Government needs to be accountable

Daniel Andrews
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: The Age

As a Victorian born and bred I’m really frustrated at what’s happening in my home state with massive lockdowns and a night curfew.

Why is Victoria the only state experiencing this?

There’s currently an inquiry under way, which will hopefully give some of the answers, but evidence so far suggests there’s been high community transmission of COVID-19 from bungled hotel quarantine security.

People who know me well realise that I’m not party political. I’m pragmatic. I’ve worked on both sides of the political fence and treat issues on their merits.

The fundamental purpose of state and territory governments is to keep their citizens safe. That requires having effective police and health services.

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Deb Frecklington interview

Bad week for Queensland political advisers

Deb Frecklington interview
Deb Frecklington’s interview with the Courier Mail created controversy over claims that she was attacking the Premier’s image and lack of children.

Being a political adviser carries responsibility to give sound advice, follow correct process and respect the role of public servants, which doesn’t always occur.

A good adviser ensures clear communication, cuts through layers of bureaucracy and troubleshoots issues. An outcome that’s good for the politician should happily be one that’s good for the public as well.

Having worked on each side of the political triangle as a journalist, pubic servant and ministerial adviser, I’ve seen good and bad across all three.

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