Daniel Andrews has returned from leave nearly two weeks early, admitting his wife played a cheeky role in triggering him to cut his time off work short.
After a huge 2020, including 120 consecutive press conferences, the Victorian Premier finally took leave over Christmas and New Year’s.
But on Thursday he said an urgent National Cabinet meeting this week wasn’t the only reason why he had come back to work early.
“To be honest, Cath said to me last night ‘you’re on the phone, 20 hours a day, you should just go back’,” he told reporters.
He also stressed he had been following closely the development of the Black Rock cluster, and hadn’t been on holidays despite reports suggesting he had been.
“I’ve been at home. About 25 minutes from here,” he said.
“So yes, I did not plan on being here with you today, but I am almost sure I think I was due to come back on about the 20th.
“It’s not about me, I’m not, I’m not seeking your collective sympathy. There job is a job to be done … I’ve been following things very closely and very actively and this is the right thing to do.”
Daniel Andrews said he plans to push mandatory COVID-19 testing of flight crew, treating them as if they are “no different” to returned travellers, and pre-flight testing at Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.
He said it’s part of a bigger plan to keep the “hyper-infectious” UK strain of the coronavirus out of the wider community.
“I want the plan that Victoria has pushed to be adopted nationally, and I want the things we’re doing in Melbourne and in Victoria to be done, nationally,” he said.
“It’d be my expectation they will be agreed to at national cabinet tomorrow.”