Liberal Leader Matthew Guy, shadow health minister Georgie Crozier and shadow minister for legal and social issues Brad Battin hosted an event in Cranbourne, Victoria on the 15th of December. The event was capped at 100 patrons with attendees to be double vaccinated and wearing masks. It was also live-streamed via their Facebook pages.
This event was about the health crisis that many Victorians are facing today. Watching the live stream from outside the venue, it was a sombre affair. The attendees inside got to ask questions.
A cafe owner was concerned about the drug and alcohol rehab that was not working for the community.
A woman showed the 3D x-ray of her fractured spine which she had injured 12 months ago and is waiting on surgery that has been put on hold due to the current government Covid restrictions.
Another woman asked about parents who were lacking support.
When it was over, Matthew Guy and Georgie Crozier slid out the back door. Brad Battin came out the front and gave a friendly ‘Hi’ but kept on walking.
Two of the women inside who asked questions came and had a chat. The woman with the fractured spine. She is also battling breast cancer. She is triple vaccinated. She is undergoing treatment for her cancer. But wants surgery for her spine. After hearing the announcements today that only regional and rural surgeries were being opened back up to 75% she was almost in tears.
Another woman chatted about what she saw inside the venue. The attendees were around 20 people. The rest were liberal staffers. This woman was a nurse. She has just recovered from Covid within the last 3 weeks, but it was not enough for her to get her job back. She dismissed any help from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for her illness but after they gave her empty threats of fines, she said she would supply them with answers to the questions that she wanted to answer. Being a nurse, she would know how to treat herself. She explained how the hospitals are run by administrators and money is mismanaged. Normal procedures and protocols were thrown out and everything was done on the run.
It boggles the mind that nurses who are refusing to be vaccinated and are speaking out, are ostracized by not only the health department but also their colleagues and family.
The opposition doesn’t seem to have much to offer the people of Victoria after watching the live stream. There was no talk of mandates, no real solutions offered and it seemed like it was just a fluff piece of ‘We are with you.” but we still need you to be double vaccinated to attend anything and QR code sign in. They did have security at the door who declines to speak.
To have two of the attendees’ offer their story, was more than one could ask for. Whilst we may have missed the politicians, which seems to be the norm currently, the stories of these two women is what we need to hear.
Thank you, ladies.