A Victorian MP has been sent death threats over his support of the governmentâ€™s contentious pandemic laws, which will now get over the line.
The laws are expected to be enacted after the government secured enough votes for it to pass and conceded to several major amendments.
It required agonising negotiations with upper house MPs Rod Barton and Clifford Hayes.
A deal was struck with Mr Barton at the eleventh hour.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he said the decision was necessary to avoid the threat of being locked out of other states once Victoriaâ€™s state of emergency expired in December.
â€œIâ€™m comfortable with what weâ€™re putting up,â€ Mr Barton said.
â€œThis is a very different beast than what we had previously and we canâ€™t compare where the bill started from – you canâ€™t compare it with a state of emergency.â€
Following his support, Mr Barton was subject to a barrage of abuse online including from a person who reportedly called for him to face the gallows.
Mr Barton was on Tuesday forced to make his Twitter account private.
The deal forced the government to back down on a number of aspects of the bill, agreeing to several amendments to appease upper house MPs.
Among the changes are the establishment of a panel that will independently review appeals to detention enforced by public health orders.
Health orders will also be reviewed by a new parliamentary joint special committee.
The committee will be chaired by someone from the crossbench or opposition and will be required to have a minority number of government MPs.
Despite ongoing talks with Mr Hayes, he confirmed he would not support the bill due to both houses of parliament being unable to disallow health orders.
The state opposition maintained the new amendments were not satisfactory and criticised Mr Barton, claiming he had agreed to a secret backroom deal with the government.
â€œThatâ€™s typical of the opposition to come up with such a stupid comment like there are no deals,â€ Mr Barton said.
â€œMy relationship with the government and myself is frosty at the best of times.
â€œI’ve been battling them all the time. I did what had to be done.â€
The proposed new laws, which give the Premier the power to declare a pandemic on the advice of the chief health officer and Health Minister, were pushed through the lower house last month.
While the bill was initially expected to pass early this month, all momentum was lost when disgraced former Labor MP Adem Somyurek revealed he would return to parliament to block the bill, leaving the government with not enough votes to pass it.
Debate resumed in the upper house on Tuesday, but will likely go well into the night due to its contentious nature.
The legislation has been divisive, inspiring large, sometimes violent protests in Melbourne.
A handful of protesters continued to stand outside Parliament House in Melbourne on Tuesday as debate continued inside.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the bill was necessary and long-term security was needed to address the global pandemic.
â€œThe last couple of days have shown us that this is not over â€“ these are extraordinary arrangements because a pandemic is an extraordinary thing,â€ he said.
â€œThis is a one-in-100-year event and who knows when the next one will be? Who knows when the current things will end?â€