Mr Eccles resigned earlier today after a retrieval of his phone records showed he called former police chief commissioner Graham Ashton on March 27 as Victoria’s hotel quarantine system was set up, contradicting evidence Mr Eccles previously gave to the inquiry.
Mr O’Brien and Nationals leader Peter Walsh held their press conference surrounded by 791 small Australian flags, which they said represented the 791 people who have died in “Daniel Andrews’ second wave”.
“This is what politics should be about,” Mr O’Brien said. “Remembering the people who suffered, remembering the people who’ve been hurt, remembering the people who deserve better.”
The Opposition Leader said he had “very little confidence” in other senior public servants, such as Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake.
But ahead of the opposition moving a motion of no-confidence in the Premier when Parliament sits on Tuesday, he said Mr Andrews “should be the one held responsible for these failures”.
“For all Daniel Andrews’ talk about he’s accountable for everything that happens under his government, he’s not accountable because he’s still more interested in protecting his job than protecting the jobs of Victorians,” Mr O’Brien said.
Labor will almost certainly use its 11-seat majority to knock back the motion of no-confidence.
On the day Victoria’s goal of a 14-day average of five cases per day by next Sunday became unachievable, Mr O’Brien said the government needed to improve its contact tracing system and adjust its strategy so Victoria could “learn to live” with COVID-19.
“This state has still not learnt the lessons that every other state has learnt about the importance of contact tracing,” he said. “This is the reason why we are in such a deep second wave and why it’s gone on for so long and had such tragic consequences.”