Jeff Kennett's epic slam: People flee Victoria to escape Dan Andrews

Fed-up Victorians are fleeing the state in a mass exodus to escape the Covid misery caused by Dan Andrews, says former premier Jeff Kennett.

Latest population figures show more than 12,700 lockdown-weary locals have now ditched Victoria to move to other states within Australia since the pandemic began.

By September last year – midway through ‘s second – the state’s whole population had fallen by 16,500.

‘People don’t want to be part of it and are moving north,’ Mr Kennett told Daily Mail Australia. ‘Victorians are starting to leave the state. 

‘They don’t want to be associated with the risks that result from this autocratic style of misery no more server ►roblox username unikita2 ►roblox leadership.

Fed-up Victorians are fleeing the state in a mass exodus to escape the Covid misery caused by Dan Andrews, says former premier Jeff Kennett.

(Pictured, an anti-lockdown protester in Melbourne)

Jeff Kennett warned that time was now running out for Dan Andrews (pictured), and said he was baffled by the Labor leader’s political strategy.

‘After 30 years of having a net inflow of population into Victoria, we now have a net outflow.’

He warned that time was now running out for the man dubbed Dictator Dan by some, and said he was baffled by the Labor leader’s political strategy.

The state elections are scheduled for November 2022 but he doesn’t believe the premier will even survive until then.

‘There’s no doubt he will be kicked out at the next election – no doubt,’ said Mr Kennett.

‘But I don’t think he’ll last that long. I’m not even sure he’ll want to stay.

Jeff Kennett said he couldn’t begin to understand why Mr Andrews had pursued his Covid Zero fantasy at such staggering cost to the state and to locals.

(Pictured, school children protesting against lockdown playground restrictions)

Jeff Kennett (pictured) suggested Mr Andrews was disconnected with the realities of lockdown life because of the privileged lifestyle he was allowed to have as Victorian premier.

‘I don’t think anything will save him.

By then it will be about the economy, not about dealing with the pandemic – and the economy will be devastated for so many.’ 

Mr Kennett, 73, said he couldn’t begin to understand why Mr Andrews had pursued his Covid Zero fantasy at such staggering cost to the state and to locals.

But he suggested that Mr Andrews was disconnected with the realities of lockdown life because of the privileged lifestyle he was allowed to have as Victorian premier.

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‘I have no idea why any individual would be so disrespectful to the whole community,’ he said. 

‘In part I suppose it because he’s well paid. He’s got a good family around him. His children are not in primary school, he’s got a new house, he’s comfortable.’

But he said many of the people in Victoria that he was supposed to be leading were doing it very tough by comparison.

‘Their children may have lost access to education and the social activities that goes with being at school,’ he said.

Jeff Kennett slammed Dan Andrews for imposing his will on everyone around him and warned the consequences would be ‘devastating’ (Pictured, police riot squad officers at an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne)

‘If they are grandparents in their latter years, they’ve lost access to their family and grandchildren.

 ‘If they’re businesses – small or medium – they’ve been locked up and many of them closed down.

‘So it’s in spite of the community that he continues down this path.’ 

The premier warned on Tuesday that he would continue to target zero Covid cases ahead of an expected extension to the current lockdown, the state’s sixth.

He vowed to do whatever was necessary to achieve it despite the criticism – some of it reportedly even from his own advisors – while the vaccine rollout continued.

And Mr Andrews warned that the alternative was case numbers quickly spiralling out of control.

Jeff Kennett (pictured centre) warned that  Dan Andrews (left) had killed off small businesses that would be expected to foot the bill for increased public spending

But Mr Kennett slammed Mr Andrews for imposing his will on everyone around him and warned the consequences would be ‘devastating’.

‘I don’t know what happens inside of one’s brain – particularly when you’re the leader of a state – that you refuse to be consultative,’ he said.

‘That you refuse to admit the damage that has been caused by your style of leadership.

No other government in Australia, in my memory has ever been this authoritarian and rendered such damage on his community. 

‘That will take years to repair. Here we are almost two years into this particular pandemic and the premier hasn’t changed his pursuit of zero new cases one iota.’

Mr Kennett said Mr Andrews had shored up his base by increasing the number of Government public servants, safeguarding their jobs and giving them a pay rise.

Jeff Kennett said the cost of Mr Andrews Covid Zero target would be a burden on the state for generations to come.

(Pictured, vacant shops on Chapel Street in Melbourne)

But he warned that in the process, Mr Andrews had killed off small businesses that would be expected to foot the bill for the increased public spending.

‘There is not only increasing anger, but there is an awaking by many that what the premier has been pursuing is not realistic, and is indefensible,’ he said.

‘Victorians have paid the greatest price, not only of any other state in Australia, but potentially in the world, where they’ve been confronted by this pandemic.

‘The ramifications of that on the social fabric and economic condition of the state is now really starting to bear down on the community as a whole. 

Jeff Kennett predicted premier Dan Andrews (pictured) will be abandoned by his lieutenants on the state front bench at the next election ahead of a political wipeout

‘The debt that the government has generated over the last three years will be a burden that future generations – our children and grandchildren – will have to pay. 

‘He is continuing to ignore the realities of what’s happening in the society that he leads.’

Mr Kennett predicted the premier will be abandoned by his lieutenants on the state front bench at the next election ahead of a political wipeout.

He added: ‘They’re tired, they’re exhausted, And the pendulum, which always swings politically, will deliver a devastating blow on this style of leadership.’

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