Dan Andrews tears into Australian Border Force officials for trans-Tasman ...

Daniel Andrews has unleashed a furious tirade at politicians in Canberra during his daily coronavirus press briefing.

He took aim at health minister Greg Hunt for criticising Victoria's long lockdown, and vowed to question such statements after becoming 'sick' of disinformation. 

The Victorian premier, who has been heavily criticised for extending the state's restrictions despite falling infection numbers, accused him of 'playing politics'. 

On Sunday, Mr Andrews is set to announce the easing of some restrictions after Victoria recorded just one new coronavirus case on Saturday. 

'If Minister Hunt is genuinely suggesting that we are keeping this lock down on because somehow we think Victorians are enjoying it or it is a choice that we are making, this is just - it’s just wrong,' Mr Andrews said.

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Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne

Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne

'We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,' Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18)

'We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,' Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18)

'I will predict that whatever I stand up here tomorrow and announce, there will be members of that Federal Government, some who are from Victoria but I don’t think they’re for Victoria, who will be out there saying "it is not enough, you should have done more".'

'There are some people who have played politics every day of this and I’m pretty sick of it.'

He also used his daily press conference to blast Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne.

The Victorian capital is currently not accepting any international visitors as it works to contain a deadly second wave of COVID-19 cases which has killed more than 800 people.

Mr Andrews was highly critical of Greg Hunt (pictured) after he criticised Victoria's lockdown

Mr Andrews was highly critical of Greg Hunt (pictured) after he criticised Victoria's lockdown

But the group were able to sidestep the restriction by travelling into Sydney and then transferring on a domestic flight. 

The state premier said he was 'very disappointed' about how it was able to happen. 

'What we are simply saying is surely our systems are better than this?' Mr Andrew said.

'I stand here every day making sure every Victorian knows they can't freely move around their own state for the best of reasons and at the same time we have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it.'

Mr Andrews also took aim at the ABF for not handing over the international traveller's boarding cards so that Victorian health authorities can start to make determinations about who the individuals are and if they've been to any foreign coronavirus hotspots.

'We are still waiting and I'm not sure why I'm still waiting, for ABF to provide us with the passenger cards for each of those 17 people,' he said.

'As soon as we get those cards, we will be visiting each of those people.' 

A healthcare worker is seen at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee, Melbourne (pictured) as the city prepares for restrictions to ease

A healthcare worker is seen at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee, Melbourne (pictured) as the city prepares for restrictions to ease

Australia state governments have no powers to detain New Zealand citizens in circumstances like these.

This is the responsibility of the ABF and the Australian Federal Police.  

'Surely it is not beyond those who are responsible for the borders of our nation to make sure that only those who are in that New Zealand

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