NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet won’t reveal what Covid-19 health provisions are likely to remain, after he dumped a bill that would have seen broad emergency powers extended until March 2023.
The NSW government this week considered a proposal to extend, until the next state election, laws that have allowed Health Minister Brad Hazzard to make public health orders during the pandemic.
These health orders have included social restrictions and mask and vaccine mandates in some settings, as well as powers for police to fine people for breaching the rules.
Mr Hazzard’s proposal reportedly faced fierce opposition from some government MPs in a Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday.
Mr Perrottet has said he would rework the legislation with Mr Hazzard over the summer before parliament resumes in February
Mr Perrottet said there was “no doubt” some health provisions would need to be extended, but they would be “only those that are necessary”.
“I, like anyone, want to make sure that we have government out of the way. But, at the same time, we’ve got to keep the protection, the health care of people right across our state,” he said.
Mr Elliott flagged that the police powers to fine people for breaching public health orders could potentially be extended.
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