The votes of Tim Quilty and Tania Maxwell were made on Tuesday against a 12-month extension to Victoria's state of emergency, with both North East MPs expressing their worries about the power the move could hand to the government.
But a six-month extension to the powers was expected to pass the Parliament's upper house on Tuesday night before the upper house adjourns at 10pm.
Ms Maxwell said she would instead support a month-by-month extension of powers, analysed each time by the Parliament.
"I believe that extensive checks and balances should always be in in place to guard against the misuse of power and authority by any government," she said.
"There is certainly no clear or demonstrated reason in my view that the chief health officer should ... be granted even more personal power over the people of Victoria than he already possesses.
"The accumulation of more and more power in the hands of a chosen few creates multiple risks. Among those is that we will move even further away from recognises that people's liberties and freedoms do need to be urgently restored - not be shackled for even longer."
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She said every day coronavirus restrictions are in place, the economy becomes more "decimated" and more businesses "collapse".
"We have to pursue ways now of sensibly living with the virus, not permanently retreating and hibernating from it," Ms Maxwell said.
"The problems associated with the restrictions in Northern Victoria have been further exacerbated by the nonsensical decision of the NSW and South Australian governments to inflict hard border closures on our regions.
"A generally poor an impracticable administration of these border closures has created even further ripple effects.
"People around the borders are frustrated and in many cases, angry."
She said communities could not do many more weeks, or even many more days, of coronavirus restrictions.
Northern Victorian MP and government minister Jaclyn Symes could be heard interjecting during Ms Maxwell's speech.
She told The Border Mail over Twitter that she was asking if Ms Maxwell would support the final vote after amendments, which would instead be for a six-month extension of the state of emergency.
"Most country people have told me they are concerned about too many Melbourne visitors too early," Ms Symes said.
Ms Maxwell said she expected the six-month extension to pass with the support of other crossbench MPs.
Mr Quilty used his speech to discuss dictators from history and, although he said there was no conspiracy to overthrow democracy, he compared the Victorian Parliament decision to those who voted for the German Enabling Act of 1933, which helped increase the powers of Adolf Hitler.
"On the basis of your misuse of these powers, I don't want to just block this extension, I want to repeal the emergency legislation altogether. The cost of abusing these powers is just too high," he said.
"If we don't make a stand now, not only will we be trapped in this ongoing nightmare indefinitely, but in future the government will be happily reaching for emergency powers again and again, more and more often for smaller issues."
Mr Quilty argued people were capable of assessing risks and doing what was necessary to protect themselves.
"Voluntary compliance and incentives would have worked much better than beating us with a stick, but the government has never tried voluntary compliance," he said.
He said people were angry that "city-centric" policies had left regional Victoria in stage three lockdown without high coronavirus case numbers.