Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton were slammed by comedian Dave Hughes over their threat to “keep Melburnians stuck at home” for the rest of 2020
Hughesy said Mr Andrews and Professor Sutton needed to “look beyond manipulated click bait” referring to footage taken by 7 News on Friday night of people gathering in droves at St Kilda beach.
In the vision, a huge crowd of people surrounded reporter Paul Dowsley, grabbing and kissing his face in direct defiance of the COVID-19 constraints of the capital.
The video prompted Prof Sutton on Friday night to tweet an appeal to Victorians, urging them to “hold the line” as he and the Premier have done several times before.
“Don’t risk everything. What we can hold back now means a truly normal summer. Please – Hold. The. Line,” he wrote, telling reporters over the weekend the footage was “a bit of an insult”.
“It is a bit of an insult to everyone who has done it tough for months and months and months across the state for some people to be putting all our gains at risk,” he said.
“It is due to the fantastic sacrifices of everyone that we are at the point at which we are at. It is disappointing to see people breaking the rules.”
“We are so, so close,” he said.
“Let’s not any of us do anything that might undermine the very positive numbers, the very strong performance we have seen in recent days. The trend is with us, the numbers are coming down, once we get them low, we can keep them low and we can open up again.
“And if you want to spend summer at the beach, then (summer) will be time to do that. If we don’t do anything silly or anything selfish right now.”
But Hughes was unimpressed with the Premier’s and CHO’s comments, however, tweeting this morning: “So ch7 reporter does Fri night cross on rarely warm St Kilda beach in which he gathers excited drunken people around him, yells ‘How good is this?’ and they perform on cue, and now (Mr Andrews and Mr Sutton) threaten to keep all Melburnians stuck at home for rest of year?”
Wrong. I said how good is this WARMTH. And I gathered no-one. They were there maskless in large groups long before I arrived and long after I left. Somehow I convinced them to break the law for hours?
— Paul Dowsley (@paul_dowsley) October 5, 2020
Channel 7’s Mr Dowsley, who Hughes referred to in his tweet, was quick to respond, writing that he hadn‘t “gathered anyone”.
“Wrong. I said how good is this WARMTH,” he wrote in response to the tweet.
“And I gathered no-one. They were there massed in large groups long before I arrived and long after I left. Somehow I convinced them to break the law for hours?”
“So you yelled ‘How good is this warmth’?” Hughes replied.
“After dancing for the gathered crowd pre cross? Come on mate.”