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Coronavirus Australia: Senator Jacqui Lambie ‘begging’ for lockdown

Courier Mail 2020-03-26 05:32:00

Senator Jacqui Lambie has begged the prime minister to lock Australia down before the weekend.

But Scott Morrison yesterday dug his heels into the idea, saying he's not going to shut even more businesses when "there's no medical advice that they should".

"For goodness sake, Prime Minister, we don't want anymore 35 minutes of your dribble," Ms Lambie said on Today this morning, appearing via video link from home.

"Please make a decision that a leader would make. Play it safe, mate, and put us into lockdown unless it is for essential services. Please."

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“You’ve been one step ahead of the pack the whole way, mate, call it. Please Pete (Gutwein), call it,” Ms Lambie said.

“Put us into lockdown midnight tomorrow night … please.”

She said Tasmania was ready and residents have had enough.

Ms Lambie said the situation could be contained and defeated “in one swift kick”.

“Go into bloody lockdown,” Ms Lambie said.

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Dr Coatsworth said it’s all a matter of degrees.

“And I have to say that the experts around the table of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee do not think that this will be over in weeks, if you put in harder and faster measures,” he said.

The AHPPC, which guides the emergency medical decisions of National Cabinet, is comprised of all state and territory Chief Health Officers and chaired by Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy.

Originally published as Why PM hasn’t done full lockdown


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