Daniel Andrews' office vandalised as discontent simmers around Victoria's coronavirus restrictions

It's the second time the Victorian premier's electorate office in Noble Park has been targeted in less than a month.

The exterior of Daniel Andrews' electorate office in Noble Park, Melbourne, Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The exterior of Daniel Andrews' electorate office in Noble Park, Melbourne, Thursday, October 15, 2020. Source: AAP

Daniel Andrews’ office has been vandalised for the second time in less than a month, as disquiet about Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown continues to simmer.

Photos uploaded to social media on Thursday morning show windows at the front of the Victorian premier’s Noble Park electorate office partially smashed and with the phrase “sack Dan” sprayed on the front in red paint. 

Police are investigating.

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It comes after graffiti was spray painted on the office windows on 25 September.

The exterior of Daniel Andrews' electorate office in Noble Park, Melbourne, Thursday, October 15, 2020.
The exterior of Daniel Andrews' electorate office in Noble Park, Melbourne, Thursday, October 15, 2020. Source: AAP


There is growing frustration in Melbourne over the continuation of tough coronavirus restrictions in the city.

While the premier has said some of those measures will be eased on 19 October, it won't be as many as first hoped.

On Wednesday, Mr Andrews acknowledged there was discontent about the restrictions, but said they were important in the battle against COVID-19.

"These measures come with a cost. There is a public health benefit, but there is also a cost," he told reporters.

 

Various anti-lockdown protests have taken place in recent months and the state opposition has repeatedly called for Mr Andrews to ease restrictions sooner.

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien on Thursday said the vandalism was "absolutely unacceptable”, but denied the attack was incited by his party’s criticism of Mr Andrews' handling of the crisis.

"The idea that anything that an MP says leads to that sort of outcome is just nonsense," he said.

Victoria recorded , bringing Melbourne's 14-day rolling average to 8.9. 

Mr Andrews is also under pressure over a hotel quarantine program believed to have sparked a second wave of infections, leading to the deaths of hundreds of Victorians and the enforcement of restrictions in the regions and metropolitan Melbourne.

Concern is also mounting about an outbreak in the regional town of Shepparton, sparked by a truck driver linked to the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak that didn't tell contact tracers he had been there.

With AAP.

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Published 15 October 2020 at 9:25am
By Evan Young