Grieving family's savage jab at Victorian premier in obituary

·News Reporter
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The heartbroken family of a man who on Monday died in his sleep has taken a bold swipe at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

In a tribute to “exceptional man” Peter Mitchell, published in The Age’s Death & Funeral Notices on Wednesday, his grieving family made their opinion of Mr Andrews clear.

They wrote the late Mr Mitchell’s memorial service was “to be held when the dictator is overthrown”.

The family said a memorial would not be held until Mr Andrews was no longer in charge. Source: Getty Images
The family said a memorial would not be held until Mr Andrews was no longer in charge. Source: Getty Images

While they made no mention of the premier by name, they likely had Mr Andrews in mind following his announcement on Sunday of Victoria’s roadmap out of the coronavirus.

Mr Mitchell was remembered as “an exceptional man with an exceptional mind, wit and heart”, with his family saying he died at home while sleeping.

The controversial roadmap, which involves a lockdown extension and gradual lift of tight restrictions, drew criticism from Prime Minister Scott Morrison as well as a handful of experts.

Mr Morrison on Monday revealed that he would be looking to bring Victorians out of lockdown quicker than what was outlined in Mr Andrews’ roadmap, which he considered a “worst-case scenario”.

The family of Peter Mitchell made their opinion of Mr Andrews clear. Source: The Age
The family of Peter Mitchell made their opinion of Mr Andrews clear. Source: The Age

The state government's "safe and steady" roadmap to recovery will see Melbourne continue under strict curfew and lockdown until the end of September.

The roadmap indicates Melbourne can only move to Stage 3 of its four-stage plan if the average daily number of infections across a 14-day period is below five.

For the final stage, there must be 14 days of zero cases leading up to November 23.

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