A former top cop has hit back at Daniel Andrews, saying the Premier “thinks he is God” after he dismissed criticism of his proposed new police powers as a “power grab”.
Former Victorian Police chief commissioner Kel Glare urged Mr Andrews to listen to feedback on his controversial COVID-19 Omnimus Bill.
If passed it would allow the Andrews Government to appoint anyone as a designated officer with the power to arrest anyone with COVID-19 (or their close contacts) who the authorised officer reasonably believes “is likely” to breach an emergency direction.
Mr Glare and a group of former police commissioners labelled the move a “power grab” on Thursday.
When questioned about it at Friday’s press conference, Mr Andrews said: “With the greatest of respect to Kel Glare, Kel Glare has made many comments about me and my government and I’m not interested in engaging in a debate with him, I’m simply not.”
But Mr Glare fired back on Friday afternoon.
“If he listened to us in the first place we wouldn’t be in this mess,” he told Sky News.
“Maybe he ought to listen to us. We’ve been around a while, and we’re used to dealing with serious situations. We represent a very wide range of people in the community.
“One of the problems Daniel Andrews has is that he really thinks he is God.”