'My plate was cold': Premier fires up after reporter's birthday question

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·1-min read

The Victorian premier has scolded a reporter who asked a question about how he celebrated his birthday before Melbourne was sent back into stage three coronavirus lockdown.

Daniel Andrews announced on Thursday there were 165 new coronavirus cases in the state as five million people in Greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire were sent back into lockdown for six weeks.

A reporter asked Mr Andrews how he celebrated his birthday before Wednesday night’s lockdown.

Clearly unimpressed by the question, Mr Andrews hit back and revealed he was at home with his family.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to reporters.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he spent his birthday with his family. Source: AAP

The reporter then asked if he was at home the whole time, to which he replied, “yes”.

“Sorry, you want to ask me about the night of my birthday?” he said.

“I was at home having a very nice family dinner. Let me indicate to you when that occurred.

“It occurred after I had done a two-and-a-half hour cabinet meeting over Zoom and I think my plate might have been a bit cold. But we’re all doing all sorts of things but I was pleased to be at home with my wife and my kids.

“Happy? Fine? Very good.”

Mr Andrews asked reporters if there were any other questions before adding he “got all flustered”.

“No? Very good. I’m going home now to them as well. Thanks,” he said as he cut off the press conference.

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