Bushfires, Budgets, And The Bombers: What Makes Daniel Andrews Tick?

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has spoken candidly to 10 News First’s Jennifer Keyte about his personal and political life.

From balancing the budget to his beloved Essendon Bombers: Andrews revealed everything from how the $25 million Victorian bushfire appeal will be spent, to what it is like living with four Collingwood supporters.

Watch the full interview in the video at the top of this story.

Daniel Andrews sat down for a one on one interview with 10 News First's Jennifer Keyte. Image: 10 News First
The Premier (an Essendon supporter) is outnumbered in his household -- his wife Catherine and their three children are all Collingwood supporters. Image: Facebook

Andrews spoke of his recent visits to bushfire-affected communities.

"The worst of nature, but the very best of the Victorian spirit we've seen this last few weeks. I've met so many people who have lost everything and yet the concern is not for themselves -- it is for a neighbour," he said.

"You can't help but be proud of our firefighters ... all of our community agencies, charity groups, all of our emergency services."

Premier Daniel Andrews met with firefighters during the bushfires. Image: Facebook

"Victorians look out for each other. And we do this so well. These are the best emergency services in our country and I'm absolutely certain."

 I've shed a tear in the last few weeks. Amazing people. Amazing courage, compassion. but such professionalism as well.

He revealed that generous Victorians and Australians had pledged $25 million dollars to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, and promised the money would make its way directly to affected communities.

Andrews stressed the priority is to rebuild communities and funding for individual case-workers for bushfire victims.

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Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Victoria. Image: AAP
Evacuees from Mallacoota embrace family at the Sommerville relief centre on January 4, 2020. Image: Getty

With confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria, Andrews also had some advice for parents who might be worried about sending students to school.

"If you use common sense and stay aware of the advice from experts that's the best and safest thing to do," he said.