Nothing instills respect like a medico talking like a 14 year-old

Some of the behaviour today — when we’re asking people to stay home — has been really crap.”

– Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

 
By Sutton’s logic (read the article), by pushing ahead with today’s local council elections, the Queensland Labor government may be responsible for knowingly causing thousands of deaths. These eminent people warned the government to stop it but were ignored. There is something very strange going on here. Queenslanders cannot go to a beer garden for lunch but Miss Palaszczuk forced the state’s entire adult population to attend crowded, germ-ridden polling stations. Oddly, the “National Cabinet” didn’t intervene.

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31 Responses to Nothing instills respect like a medico talking like a 14 year-old

  1. Some History

    “But with 3,000 cases of COVID in Australia this week, we’re headed to 100,000 in two to three weeks without change.
    “That means thousands of deaths. Overwhelmed health services. Medical staff at unacceptable risk. Unstoppable spread.

    Was watching a program that was recorded a week ago. Reference to projections in Australia of 5,000,000 infected with a death toll of 50,000.

    50,000! Can’t see it.
    What is the death toll from flu each season in Australia? At least this provides a context.
    Regarding covid-19, what percentage recover from ICU/ventilator?

    Police pulling up a couple walking on a deserted beach, or a swimmer being pulled up on what essentially seems a deserted beach doesn’t do anything for Sutton’s “cause”. And, you’re right, C.L., on the other extreme, folk are required to cast a vote (indoors) in an election under threat of fine for failure to do so.

  2. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Don’t suppose politics were involved here? Was there any political advantage for pallechook in doing this or is it just a really dumb decision?

  3. EvilElvis

    None of this makes sense, utterly ridiculous. Is the great conspiracy a random case of the population just kidding itself that our betters actually know better?

  4. Bushkid

    I reckon there have to be valid grounds for protesting the results of this election, or action to have it declared invalid.

    Of my own friends and acquaintances and clients, many did not go out to vote, and nor did they request postal votes, as they mistakenly thought the Qld govt would actually not be so abysmally stupid as to go ahead with this. Consequently, they have not voted. How may more across the state have felt the same and not voted, when they normally would?

    Persisting in holding a local govt election in the midst of a world-wide pandemic (yes, I know its a tautology, used for emphasis) is totally irresponsible, and definitely not democratic.

    But hey, that’s the Queensland ALP government all over.

  5. John Brumble

    The ex-council was largely LNP, Colonel. I’m sure that was just a coincidence.

  6. Pro Eng

    I think she hoped to win the two by-elections to give her a more workable majority in parliament and in addition get some of her crook councillors back in power. May be she will and maybe likely she won’t because a lot the touchy-feely people stayed home. However, she will be banished later in the year when there is a state election. She is trying hard to calm the mining unions but they will vote the LNP in who will save their jobs.

  7. Bushkid

    Colonel Bunty Golightly
    #3381609, posted on March 28, 2020 at 8:50 pm
    Don’t suppose politics were involved here? Was there any political advantage for pallechook in doing this or is it just a really dumb decision?

    The ALP/greens (Qld govt with the greens claws well and truly entangled in the short and curlies of the sitting ALP members) would be likely to see an advantage, a chance to get their preferred CAGW/UN loving candidates into councils. They’d be likely to consider the more conservative older generations – who have been told to stay home for fear of catching this virus and dying – would tend to stay home, and/or think that it was unthinkable that the election would actually go ahead in the middle fo a pandemic.

  8. mem

    Well for someone that has been around awhile and been at the center of things and is known for having a nose for the vibe, I would say that by the second working day after Easter this catastrophe will be called to a halt. Work will start again for many, not all and yes it will be difficult for some, elderly and vulnerable will be asked to keep themselves safe and the hospitals will be ready for any that need ICU. There will be changes in our supermarket, work and recreational habits and antiviral wash will remain for awhile. But things will normalize. This will have to be the case as otherwise everything will grind to a halt.

  9. candy

    I did not vote either. Not because I am worried about myself, not having any concerning factors thank God, but it seems one less person out there in a bunch of folk not socially isolating would be the more “right” or moral thing to do. I sound like a Lefty., sorry.

    I will pay the fine. But I did not want to add to any problematic situation by being one more person there.

  10. I agree with Brumble and Bushkid, there must be some devious political advantage to proceed. She will rot in political hell over this.

    ALP are scum.

  11. Suburban Boy

    The National Cabinet didn’t have any power to intervene, so it’s no surprise that it left the luckless Queenslanders to their fate.

  12. C.L.

    No no. The “National Cabinet” has power over everything.
    Interesting legal question, actually, if and when thousands refuse to pay fines for not voting.

  13. Docket62

    My understanding is that there are several Barristers mounting a class action against Pallachooks gumment. Break out the popcorn.

  14. Also recall that Premier Anna got to go to the Cowboys game with some of her Ministers at the new Townsville stadium the day before gatherings of over 500 were prohibited.

    The advantage to her in allowing the election to go ahead was the older voters would stay at home. That demographic more likely to vote Liberal. My parents both stayed home so that was two votes less for the Liberal Mayor. Also remember there is a massive advertising campaign for those in the elderly group to stay home.

  15. YT

    I voted, and it was empty. In the entire hall there were 10 staff. and there was one old guy going as I was leaving.

  16. egg_

    Well for someone that has been around awhile and been at the center of things and is known for having a nose for the vibe, I would say that by the second working day after Easter this catastrophe will be called to a halt.

    Lockdown ends April 14 in the Philippines.

  17. Judith Sloan

    Sutton as nothing to do with Queensland. Give it a break.

  18. duncanm

    And yet
    .. they know better.

    33 / 77 skipped quarantine at Sydney international.

  19. Wayne

    My wife and I voted via post. And up here it is pronounced ‘pallet-o’-shit’

  20. C.L.

    Sutton has nothing to do with Queensland.

    I didn’t say he does.
    It’s a “national fight,” though, right?
    One health official says anyone going outside will die or cause others to die. His counterpart up north encourages millions to congregate.

  21. Steve

    I’m told I am high risk I stayed home. Not paying any fine nobody should, what can they do throw us all in jail?

  22. Twostix

    I’m told I am high risk I stayed home. Not paying any fine nobody should, what can they do throw us all in jail?

    Why would they do that?

    You didn’t vote (not even postal vote?), young left leaning people did.

    Their people win.

  23. Botswana O'Hooligan

    Read Bundamba and Currumbin by elections, labor want to hold those. JoAnn Miller was too good a person to belong to Labor anyway, she was fair dinkum or at least she was as police minister when we used to haul her around.

  24. Richard Standley

    Got to agree…
    I voted yesterday…
    The people checking off lists and handing out ballot papers had no plastic gloves as they handed me the voting card… when I politely asked them why I should accept something from the unprotected hand of a stranger they could simply only shrug and smile apologetically…
    To the little semi-enclosed box where people had been breathing onto the walls… taking a grubby little pencil handled by people who arguably could not have been wearing gloves, or perhaps sucking the end of the pencil (as some do) before putting down their numbers, with unsanitised hands resting on the desk top…
    you get the picture…
    I the end I asked a scrutineer if I could have a squirt of the micro-bottle of sanitiser near his elbow…
    Nothing of this is the scrutineers fault…
    perhaps the election should have been postponed for a month or so, and allow the outgoing councillors to become caretakters…
    Anyhow… all this when gatherings of more than a handful are permitted at other venues, it’s all … well… a bit dystopian…

  25. Destroyer D69

    Be interesting to review the infection stats for Qld in the coming weeks. We have just become the canaries in the mine for the first large scale test of the effectiveness of the doctrine of “social distancing”.

  26. areff

    Worth noting is what Brett Sutton, before the Xi Virus struck, regarded as the greatest threat facing Australia and the world: Yep, climate change. Guessing the others are likewise obsessed. Guessing the other medicos are similarly programmed to rabbit on about our insults to gaia.

    In seeking the counsel of medical officiers, and only medical officers, Morrison has whacked himself with the Law of the Hammer. Medicos see health and only health. A few voices concerned about the health of the economy might have injected a dash of rationality.

  27. Snoopy

    I’m in two minds over this. I suspect there are more than a couple of members of the ‘National Cabinet’ who would be happy to ‘defer’ elections for ‘as long as it takes’, so holding the election sets an encouraging precedent.

    However, I think a couple of things possibly influenced Palaszczuk’s decision. Firstly, the huge Brisbane City Council is LNP controlled and the ALP is desperate to wrest control. Secondly, Palaszczuk’s decision to indefinitely suspend parliament cost her a lot of political capital. She could hardly be seen to be attacking democracy again.

    I voted yesterday in the traditionally quiet mid afternoon. I was the only voter present.

  28. Roger

    Medicos see health and only health. A few voices concerned about the health of the economy might have injected a dash of rationality.

    Would that were the case. If the CMO had advised Morrison to close the borders early on and quarantine Australians returning home we wouldn’t be having the economic meltdown now.

    The government’s own figures indictate that only 1% of Australians are testing positive and invariably in positive cases there is a link to someone returning from overseas.

  29. Ed Case

    May be she will and maybe likely she won’t because a lot the touchy-feely people stayed home.

    The touchy-feely people turned up at the booths. With 45.12% counted The Animal Justice Party & The Greens scored 19.78%, 67840 votes. Are just the honest people taking Covid-19 seriously while the usual suspects have got the heads up? https://prodresults.elections.qld.gov.au/lga2020/008/mayor
    Can’t see how anybody could be fined after the ECQ closed the booths early..
    LNP may have run dead? It’s not common for the Party in State Government to hold Brisbane City Council at the same time.
    Since 1925 It happened 1929-32 [Non Labor] 1934-40, 1952-55, [ALP], 1985-89 [Liberal], 1991-96, 1998-2004 [ALP], 2012-15 [LNP], 30 out of 95 years, 20 of the 55 years of ALP State Governments.
    https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/about-council/council-information-and-rates/council-history/brisbanes-lord-mayors

  30. old bloke

    I don’t know why local government elections in some states are compulsory, in Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia voters aren’t compelled to vote.

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