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State of emergency deal takes shape with crossbenchers – The Age

The Andrews government is closer to a deal with the crossbench, but a Labor backdown is still needed to secure more state of emergency powers.

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Without a deal, the government would lose the legal right to enforce the Chief Health Officers directions on COVID-19 measures such as mandatory face masks and social distancing beyond September 13, when the present state of emergency expires.
Leader of the Reason Party Fiona Patten does not support a 12-month extension of the state of emergency without more oversight.Credit:Wayne Taylor
Ms Patten said the minister had shown a willingness to compromise, but the Reason Party MP added she and he…

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