By Sumeyya Ilanbey
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley is meeting key crossbench MP Fiona Patten at 2.30pm AEDT to begin the process of breaking the political impasse over Victoria’s state of emergency laws.
The Andrews government is seeking a nine-month extension to the powers to allow it to enforce coronavirus-specific rules, such as mandatory mask-wearing, hotel quarantine for international arrivals and 14-day isolation for confirmed cases and their close contacts.
However, the government is unlikely to pass the crucial legislation in its current form in the upper house, where it relies on the votes of at least three crossbench MPs.
MPs in the lower house are debating the government’s bill on Thursday and Friday, when it is set to pass because Labor commands a majority…
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