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State of emergency amendment passed

THE State Government will be able to extend its state of emergency for another six months, after the controversial amendment was narrowly passed through the parliament’s upper house on Wednesday morning.

The State Government received support from three crossbench MPs, including Western Victoria MP, Andy Meddick, in the parliament’s upper house when it was put to its final vote just before 2am.

The legislation was passed by just one vote, with 20 MPs voting for the six-month extension and 19 against.

While the bill still must pass through parliament’s lower house this week before it becomes legislation, that will be a formality with the State Government holding the majority of the lower house seats.

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