Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

Dominic Perrottet has dismissed criticism for snubbing Kerry Chant from his first Covid press conference since becoming NSW premier.

Dr Chant, the state’s chief health officer, was expected to attend the Tuesday briefing to celebrate NSW hitting 70 per cent vaccination.

But she was nowhere to be seen as Mr Perrottet announced major changes to the roadmap out of lockdown she had a big part in making possible.  

The new premier was surrounded by several colleagues, including Health Minister Brad Hazzard, and quickly inundated with questions about Dr Chant’s absence.

One reporter went as far to describe Dr Chant’s omission as ‘disrespectful’ and others questioned if she even endorsed the accelerated roadmap. 

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured) has been slammed as ‘disrespectful’ over his decision not to invite Dr Kerry Chant to his first major Covid press conference

‘What does it say about your respect for Dr Kerry Chant when she’s lead us through this for the last two years and you wouldn’t invite her here today at your first major [press conference],’ one reporter asked. 

‘It is a bit disrespectful isn’t it?’

Mr Perrottet replied tersely: ‘Dr Chant is one of my favourite constituents in Epping. We have always had a great relationship.’

The reporter said it was reasonable during a health crisis to expect the chief health officer to attend major Covid press conferences. 

‘Well, it’s also an economic crisis as well,’ a rattled Mr Perrottet replied. ‘As the new premier, we’re the elected officials. 

‘The style might be different and changes will get made, but in my view we had a very constructive discussion last night and as the health minister has said, these changes are supported by the health team.’

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

Mr Perrottet was quickly inundated with questions regarding the state’s Chief Health Officer’s (pictured) exclusion from the monumental press conference on Thursday 

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

One attending reporter went as far to describe Dr Chant’s (right) omission as ‘disrespectful’ while others questioned if she had even endorsed the changes to the roadmap

Other reporters seemed unconvinced and asked again if the changes to the roadmap had been approved by Dr Chant and the health team.

‘I sat down with the health minister and Dr Chant yesterday,’ the premier repeated.

‘We went through some of these potential changes. We went through the opportunities to make some sensible amendments, some stable and steady amendments, to the roadmap.’

Mr Perrottet reassured reporters the chief health officer and her team would continue to be members of his rebranded subcommittee in the future.

‘I think the health minister has made it very clear the changes today are supported and endorsed by the health team in the entire NSW Government,’ he said.

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

Mr Perrottet (pictured) reassured reporters the chief health officer and her team would continue to be members of his rebranded subcommittee in the future

The revisions will allow Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 12 to return to school on Monday October 18, with all students back in the classroom by October 25.  

Limits on household gatherings and weddings and funerals for the fully vaccinated will also be double what was promised by his predecessor Gladys Berejiklian.

Up to 10 residents excluding children will be allowed to gather inside homes across the state, and as many as 100 permitted to attend weddings and funerals.

Indoor swimming pools will also be able to open for swimming lessons, training and rehabilitation activities.

From the 80 per cent vaccination milestone, expected by October 25, restrictions will ease further.

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

This includes a cap of 3,000 people for controlled and ticketed outdoor events and the reopening of nightclubs.

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

The new state leader announced an overhaul of NSW’s roadmap out of lockdown on Thursday (pictured, bar staff make drinks in Sydney) 

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

, Dominic Perrottet slammed as ‘disrespectful’ for not inviting Dr Kerry Chant to his press conference, Nzuchi Times National News

Up to 10 residents excluding children will be allowed to gather inside homes across the state, and as many as 100 permitted to attend weddings and funerals (pictured, Opera Bar in Sydney)

Mandatory mask use will also be ditched in office buildings in an attempt to encourage workers back into the Sydney CBD.

These freedoms will only be restored for the fully vaccinated until December 1, when freedoms are restored for the unvaccinated.

‘These changes today are measured, sensible, and ensure we open up in a very safe way,’ Mr Perrottet said of the changes to the state’s roadmap. 

‘I met yesterday for some time with Dr Chant and with Minister Hazzard. We ran through a whole range of issues.

‘It was a long meeting, but one in which I think was constructive, productive and these changes today, I think, will make a real difference.’ 

NSW’S LOCKDOWN ROADMAP: THE CHANGES

These apply to people who are fully vaccinated.

FROM OCTOBER 11:

* Indoor gatherings capped at 10 people (up from five)

* Outdoor gatherings capped at 30 people (up from 20)

* Weddings and funerals capped at 100 people (up from 50)

* Indoor swimming pools to reopen

* Workers in regional areas can return to their workplace if they’ve had one vaccination, but must be fully jabbed by November 1

FROM OCTOBER 25, AFTER NSW HITS 80 PER CENT DOUBLE-DOSE COVERAGE:

* Indoor gatherings capped at 20 people

* Outdoor gatherings capped at 50 people

* Ticketed outdoor events capped at 3000 people

* Nightclubs can reopen (no dancing)

* Masks no longer have to be worn in office buildings

CHANGES TO THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLAN:

* Kindergarten, Year One and Year 12 return on October 18

* All other years return on October 25

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