South-west politicians have shared their views on the state government's controversial COVID-19 pandemic bill.
Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur said she was disappointed the Premier had told members of the public the restrictions of the past two years would be a thing of the past.
"Victorians were told we would open up and begin to live alongside this virus, yet here we are debating and being asked to vote on more legislation that will only enable perpetual suffering," she said.
Mrs McArthur urged MPs in parliament to vote against the bill.
"You can vote against it," Mrs McArthur said.
"You should vote against it and if you do not thousands of Victorians will remember your name and the decision you have made."
"I implore the members opposite and all those on the crossbench to vote down this terrible historic legislation. It is a disgrace, and we should never have had it brought before this house. It should be condemned outright by all those opposite."
Crossbencher Andy Meddick, from the Animal Justice Party, spoke in support of the bill.
"Many here have spent the last 18 months or more complaining that the chief health officer should not have the power to make orders and restrictions, that those powers should reside with the Minister for Health and Premier," Mr Meddick said.
"Well, now they will."
Mr Meddick said the opposition had called for more oversight.
"It is happening," he said.
"Independence and transparency-they are happening too.
"Greater respect for human rights, flexibility in where and how an area is managed-the list goes on."
Mr Meddick said he was proud to have had input into the creation of the bill.
"I have questioned the minister and others with genuine concern when I did not think it was right," he said.
"I shut out the baying hounds of hysteria to do my job and I will continue to as we move through the committee stage of this bill.
MP Stuart Grimley, from Derryn Hinch's Justice Party, said he was concerned about a lack of consultation in relation to the bill.
"I said it a few weeks ago and I will say it now: our party was never consulted on this bill, nor were we afforded that opportunity," Mr Grimley said.
"We received a 30-minute briefing by the health minister's advisers the week before last, but unlike three crossbenchers, we never knew about the ins and outs of the bill until the media reported it."
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