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Dan Andrews has been called a hypocrite after he cancelled Melbourne‘s Australia Day parade but attended a pride march two weeks later.

The Victorian premier shared a picture of himself at the Midsumma Pride March on February 6 after scrapping the city’s beloved January 26 parade. 

Mr Andrews claimed this was due to ‘overwhelming support from stakeholders’ given the sensitivities of January 26, rather than a political decision.

‘You are a disgraceful hypocrite and shameless opportunist Dan Andrews… as for equality you have afforded no such luxury to the vaccine hesitant,’ former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman tweeted.

Dan Andrews shared a picture of himself marching in the Midsumma march on Sunday (pictured) sparking debate online

Dan Andrews shared a picture of himself marching in the Midsumma march on Sunday (pictured) sparking debate online

Dan Andrews shared a picture of himself marching in the Midsumma march on Sunday (pictured) sparking debate online 

Australia Day festivities have become controversial in recent years with a push to change the date that many indigenous people call ‘Invasion Day’.

The organisers of this year’s Invasion Day rally in Melbourne cancelled the March saying it would be ‘irresponsible to hold the event at the height of a pandemic’.

The Andrews Government, however, said the Australia Day parade was not cancelled because of coronavirus. 

But rather than admit to taking a political stance on the issue, the parade was scrapped with next to zero consultation with the public and the vague explanation.

In 2019 in the days before before Melbourne endured 262 days of lockdown, thousands gathered in street to see the colourful celebration of modern Australia, which included a large number of multicultural groups.

Scrapped: Melbourne's popular Australia Day parade (pictured in 2019) billed a celebration of multicultural modern Australia was cancelled two weeks ago with a vague explanation

Scrapped: Melbourne's popular Australia Day parade (pictured in 2019) billed a celebration of multicultural modern Australia was cancelled two weeks ago with a vague explanation

Scrapped: Melbourne’s popular Australia Day parade (pictured in 2019) billed a celebration of multicultural modern Australia was cancelled two weeks ago with a vague explanation 

Mr Andrews captioned the picture of himself at the Midsumma March saying he missed last year’s event because of a fractured vertebrae he suffered in a fall while on holiday.

‘But this year I’m back to march with LGBTIQ+ Victorians – today and everyday,’ he said. 

‘Because in Victoria, equality is not negotiable.’

However, Mr Andrews’ priorities were questioned due to the Australia Day parade being cancelled.  

‘The Australia Day parade was cancelled in Melbourne but not the LGBTQIA+ Pride march attended by Premier Andrews. The rainbow flag must have magical antivirus properties,’ Sky News host Rita Panahi said.

About 8,000 Melburnians lined the streets to watch the 2019 Australia Day parade (pictured)

About 8,000 Melburnians lined the streets to watch the 2019 Australia Day parade (pictured)

About 8,000 Melburnians lined the streets to watch the 2019 Australia Day parade (pictured)

The Andrews government has made no mention about whether the Australia Day parade (pictured) would return next year or at all

The Andrews government has made no mention about whether the Australia Day parade (pictured) would return next year or at all

The Andrews government has made no mention about whether the Australia Day parade (pictured) would return next year or at all 

‘We couldn’t celebrate Australia Day because we’re supposed to feel shame, guilt and no pride. I watched the Sydney celebrations and felt moved. Sad witnessing the demise of the city we once loved,’ one person wrote to twitter. 

‘Equality is great unless it’s about vaccination status then you can be excluded from everything,’ another added. 

But many pointed there were big differences between the Midsumma march, the Victorian anti-lockdown protests and the Australia Day parade. 

‘At least all the marchers [at Midsumma] are either double or triple vaxed,’ one wrote.

‘This is not a few weeks ago, case number have massively dropped,’ another added. 

Mr Andrews extended Victoria’s pandemic declaration for another three months earlier in January under his new Covid powers – allowing him declare lockdowns or restrictions at any point. 

While case are dropping – with Victoria recording 9,908 new infections on Wednesday – some Covid restrictions are still in place. 

Throughout 2020 and 2021 as Melbourne endured the world's longest lockdown multiple protests were shut down by police - while against Covid restrictions the response was criticised as 'heavy-handed' (pictured)

Throughout 2020 and 2021 as Melbourne endured the world's longest lockdown multiple protests were shut down by police - while against Covid restrictions the response was criticised as 'heavy-handed' (pictured)

Throughout 2020 and 2021 as Melbourne endured the world’s longest lockdown multiple protests were shut down by police – while against Covid restrictions the response was criticised as ‘heavy-handed’ (pictured)

Source: Daily Mail

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