Prime Minister Daniel Andrews questioned a woman who spoke to retailers about their face mask policies and claimed that those opinions “have no scientific or empirical basis.”
Speaking today at his regular Melbourne press conference, Mr Andrews urged people not to send “oxygen” to people who are spouting conspiracy theories.
“The thing with conspiracy theorists, the more you engage in an argument with them, the more oxygen you are giving them,” he said. “Ultimately, I think people can judge for themselves the efficacy, the credibility of people who are running those sort of key lord warrior campaigns.
“Seriously, one more comment about human rights – honestly. It is about human life.”
He said this is “appalling” behaviour. “Their views have no science or empirical or legal basis. Don’t focus on them. What every single worker can concentrate on is appealing- don’t go to work if you have symptoms.
“I apologise for letting my frustrations get the better of me, but ultimately this is not about those issues and it is not about those people, frankly. It is about not diminishing our gratitude for the vast majority of Victorians who are doing a fantastic job, and it is also about not taking away from what should be and what really must be the central message and that is if you are sick, stay home. Then get tested. Then wait for your results at home.”