Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews challenged to answer all 11 questions about his mysterious fall

Victorian Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley (pictured on Thursday) demanded that all her questions be answered regarding Daniel Andrews

Pressure is mounting on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to set the record straight about his serious back injury.

There have been various unfounded rumours circulating online since Mr Andrews broke several ribs and suffered an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra in his back on March 9.

He’s been recovering at home ever since. 

His extended absence during Victoria’s latest coronavirus crisis prompted shadow state treasurer Louise Staley to issue a media release this week listing 11 questions she wants the premier to answer before he finally returns to work later this month.

Ms Staley has since reiterated calls for all of her questions to be answered after the Victorian government responded to five. 

Two more questions have since been answered by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton.

Victorian Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley (pictured on Thursday) demanded that all her questions be answered regarding Daniel Andrews 

‘I asked 12 simple questions, the government has selectively chosen to answer five of them. My view is they should get on and answer the other seven,’ Ms Staley told reporters outside state parliament on Thursday morning. 

‘I’ll just continue to put out there that they should be answered.

Her comments prompted two more questions to be answered. 

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has confirmed police were not called in relation to Mr Andrews’ accident.

Nor was the Premier interviewed formally or informally.

‘What you’ve got is a tragic accident that’s left a person severely injured, who happens to be the premier of the state. That’s not a matter the police would be involved in,’ Commissioner Patton later told ABC Melbourne. 

Questions asked on Monday include what time an ambulance was called on March 9 and whether Mr Andrews was ‘interviewed either formally or informally by the police in relation to anything that occurred over that long weekend’.

‘If there is no cover-up, then there is no reason not to provide answers to these simple questions,’ Ms Staley said at the time.

The Victorian government has since demanded an apology from her.

It also prompted an angry rebuke from the Secretary of the Victorian Ambulance Union Danny Hill, who said it was ‘stupid and offensive to suggest that ambulance crews are involved in an elaborate conspiracy’.

Daniel Andrews (pictured with wife Catherine) is expected back at work later in June

Daniel Andrews (pictured with wife Catherine) is expected back at work later in June

Mr Andrews gave Ambulance Victoria permission to release a statement about the day of his accident.

It confirmed paramedics were dispatched at 6.47am and arrived at the Sorrento home on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula where Mr Andrews was staying at 7.01am on March 9.

Deputy Premier James Merlino, who has been acting premier in Mr Andrews’ absence, said the opposition should be ‘ashamed of themselves’. 

‘For the Liberal Party to act as they have, reflects on them, reflects on how they treat people – no decency, no respect,’ he said.

Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien defended his colleague, describing her questions as ‘legitimate’.

‘I’m not suggesting for a second that anything the premier’s office has said about the premier’s accident or his condition is untrue. No one is suggesting that,’ he said.

‘It is simply a case of we don’t necessarily know the whole truth.’

Victorian premier Dan Andrews (pictured right with his daughter) has been earning $1,209 a day on sick leave for the past three months while ordinary Victorians have been stopped from working due to his government's brutal two-week lockdown

Victorian premier Dan Andrews (pictured right with his daughter) has been earning $1,209 a day on sick leave for the past three months while ordinary Victorians have been stopped from working due to his government’s brutal two-week lockdown

During his time on leave, Mr Andrews has earned about $110,000 – almost double the average annual salary of Victorians which is $63,500.

Members of parliament are not employed but get paid for the office they hold, meaning they have no leave limits. 

Australians employed in the private sector only get a minimum of 10 days personal leave per year.

Ms Staley said Mr Andrews should only take an MP’s base salary of $182,413 while off sick. 

Victoria recorded four new locally-acquired cases on Thursday, hours before Melbourne is set to exit two week of lockdown.

The four new cases are reported to be from the same household.

A string of restrictions will remain in place when lockdown is lifted, including a 25 kilometre travel limit.

The most recent sighting: Dan Andrews was pictured in his wife's Instagram story on Saturday evening receiving a DIY lockdown haircut - but it didn't show his face

The most recent sighting: Dan Andrews was pictured in his wife’s Instagram story on Saturday evening receiving a DIY lockdown haircut – but it didn’t show his face

The 11 questions Daniel Andrews must answer about his injuries

• Who was in the house at the time of the incident?

• What is the address of the house where it occurred?

• Who owns the property?

• What time was an ambulance called?

• Who called the ambulance?

• What time did the ambulance arrive?

• Which ambulance station was the ambulance dispatched from?

• Who made the decision to take the Premier to Peninsula Private?

• Were the police contacted?

• Did the police attend?

• Has Daniel Andrews been interviewed either formally or informally by the police in relation to anything that occurred over that long weekend?

Source: Liberal-National Opposition 

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