Media release

Palmer to challenge Andrews’ unconstitutional pandemic laws

Chairman of the United Australia Party, Clive Palmer, has vowed to fight the Victorian Government’s contentious pandemic legislation in the courts, blasting them as draconian and undemocratic.

Daniel Andrews’ controversial new laws will come into effect from December 16 after passing Victoria’s upper house today, a move which should be deeply concerning for all Australians who value liberty and freedom, Mr Palmer said.

The laws give the government legal basis for lockdowns, mandatory mask wearing, vaccine mandates and curfews.

“These laws are unconstitutional and infringe the rights of all Australians. They are a major overaction and yet another sad reminder of the Andrews Government’s totalitarian approach,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“I would have no hesitation in mounting a court challenge to fight these laws. Discussions are already underway with my legal team,’’ Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer said only the United Australia Party was committed to protecting the values that have been built and developed in Australia since federation.

“We will be putting freedom over fear, liberty over lockdowns and choice over compulsion,’’ he said.

“Our party will protect the constitution and the rule of law, which underpins our democratic society and protects the rights, freedoms and liberties of every Australian citizen,’’ he said.