Victoria’s parliament will be recalled for an emergency sitting next week to pass legislation relating to the coronavirus.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Wednesday parliament will be recalled two weeks early to sit on April 23, with a reduced number of MPs present in each chamber and a skeleton staff.
“It’ll be a quick session of parliament, a very important session of parliament.”
Legislation introduced to the parliament will include a $500 million rental relief package announced on Wednesday, as well as urgent appropriation bills to ensure healthcare workers and other vital public sector staff continue to be paid.
All members of parliament will be offered detailed briefings on the legislation before it is introduced to the parliament, and question time will take place in both houses.
The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee will also conduct an inquiry into the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria.