Alarmism and political ass covering is about the only thing that has gone viral in this pandemic.

The over the top lockdowns are increasingly ridiculous and difficult to justify and I suspect the only reason for the lethargic lifting of restrictions is because a swift retreat would highlight how disproportionate they were in the first place making governments and their experts look stupid.

Justinian and his clan live in a regional city of about 100,000 people just over an hour out of Melbourne. The town has had just 10 COVID-19 cases, no fatalities, and has not had a new case for three weeks. It would be fair to say that his home town is COVID free or at the very least is extremely low risk.

Despite this fact the town remains in lockdown and economically suppressed, sacrificed seemingly in an act of sympathy to other areas more affected (wherever they may be as they are increasingly hard to find). The absurdity of Dan Andrew’s response to the pandemic (which includes banning such dangerous activities as golf, fishing, sitting on a park bench, swimming at the beach, sitting in your car, and so on) is becoming more obvious by the day. Yesterday Chairman Dan announced that the $1.3b procurement of 4,000 ventilators will not be needed, just three weeks after having placed an order (to great media fanfare) on the basis that they were. The epidemiology models of “experts” is looking even worse than the models we rely on for climate change, which is no mean feat.

The Andrew’s stance on primary school closures is even more absurd (although he is not alone on this one). Just two children under the age of 9 in the whole of Australia have contracted the virus (no fatalities). Despite this fact and the aforementioned point that Justinian lives in a regional city that is arguably COVID free, he is nonetheless forced to home school his young children on the pretence that this is saving lives. One suspects this has a lot more to do with placating militant teachers unions who post-crisis will probably put their hand up for a pay rise being the non-supplier of an essential service. And don’t even get me started about the quality of online learning (expect a further fall in PISA rankings).

What is becoming increasingly obvious is that shutting down travel to China on February 1 has probably done almost all of the heavy lifting in terms of limiting the virus in Australia, followed by the general ban on all overseas travel. Australia is an outlier in the Western world (being the only countries with semi-reliable data) for the small number of cases and fatalities experienced to date. Why is that? It is a question neither the government nor its expert modellers nor its health officials are prepared to explain presumably because they know the answer makes them look alarmist and foolish for having so egregiously overreacted in contravention of their own COVID National Plan call for proportionality.

Notwithstanding that Australia is an island and better able to control its borders than most, the most likely reason we have fared better is because Australia was on summer holiday when all hell broke loose in Wuhan. Why does this matter? Because the flow of Chinese travel was disproportionately out of Australia during this time (as it is every year). Students returned home, business travel was subdued owing to the Christmas break and the onset of the Australian summer holiday period, and because this period also coincides with Chinese New Year celebrations (which this year started on January 25) during which the majority of Chinese plan to remain in China and hence were not planning to travel to Australia until February. The travel ban which commenced on 1 February prevented almost 200,000 Chinese entering Australia in February.

This explains why the majority of Australian cases are not linked to China but traced to travel in the United States, Europe and on cruise ships (noting that almost two thirds of infections were acquired overseas). And because travel bans (and self isolation of inbound travellers) followed next Australia was able to largely stop the virus at the border. This is more or less reflected in the bell curve of new cases. There are zero cases in February consistent with the Chinese travel ban. New cases start trickling in over the first three weeks of March as Australians returned from ski holidays in Colorado and Europe as well as from cruise ships. Because these destinations flew under the radar by our “experts” there is a big jump in new cases between March 22 and April 2. The government introduces a total travel ban on March 19 and we see a steep fall in new cases starting on April 3 and continuing through to today, consistent with an incubation period of two to three weeks (as is generally agreed by experts).

In short, Australia was arguably spared because we are an island, our summer holiday period meant reduced business and student travel, the travel ban from China was just in time (i.e. prevented 200k arrivals) and although a tad slow on Europe and US travel bans (and notwithstanding the Ruby Princess fiasco) shutting down the borders worked. Incremental gains were achieved by social distancing measures and public awareness of the importance of good hygiene at relatively low cost. However, the draconian shutting down of the rest of economy has arguably had very little if any meaningful impact but has come at a massively disproportionate cost.

For all the crap we here from politicians about evidenced based policy making consistent with the principle of proportionality the COVID-19 crisis has been played out in total opposite. The epidemiological models have proven to be duds (i.e. based on the wrong assumptions, wrong evidence) and the measures adopted by the National Cabinet have been completely disproportionate to the threat largely lacking as they are in evidence or metrics that would justify the measures and hold decision-makers to account.

We now have 1,889 active cases (the key metric), a fall of 62% from the peak of 4,935 on April 4, entire towns and regions are arguably COVID free (or very little risk), just 74 deaths (none under age 40, only 3 between 40 and 59), only 172 people currently hospitalised (out of 95k available/empty beds), and the National Cabinet (and Peoples Republic of Victoria) are still talking of lockdowns lasting weeks and months without a single metric that would define success and trigger a sensible relaxation of restrictions.

Rationality and reason are in lockdown. Alarmism and political ass covering is about the only thing that has gone viral in this pandemic.

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54 Responses to Alarmism and political ass covering is about the only thing that has gone viral in this pandemic.

  1. Rationality and reason are in lockdown. From the beginning, they really flew the coop.
    We were told that masks are not recommended. The reason being that masks were in short supply and necessary for the healthworkers.
    This rationale was used to support the idea that masks are of no use.
    A healthworker without a mask will shrivel up and die an agonizing death, but a mask will be of no use to the average Joe. Until of course they are in good supply, at which point a mask is recommended. This logic has been a keynote in the entire sordid affair.
    I went to a dental appointment wearing a mask, and was roundly chastised for “scaring the shit out of his staff. A mask is not recommended”. Which is of course the reason that the dentist and the dental assistant would not be caught dead without one.

  2. nb

    Victoriastan. A good place not to do business.
    I wonder when the net population inflow/outflow will reach a negative as it did during Joan Kirner’s mismanagement. Was it 300 people per week leaving, net? Most, if I recall, hightailing it to Qld.

  3. (and Peoples Republic of Victoria) are still talking of lockdowns lasting weeks and months without a single metric that would define success and trigger a sensible relaxation of restrictions.

    Dan is preparing the state for future ‘essential’ control for the safety of the people.

  4. Siltstone

    Yes Karabar, same with temperature monitoring at airports etc….not done until the very last moment because of minimal availability of suitable gear.

  5. stevem

    It will be interesting to see how Andrews & co handle the onset on Ramadan tomorrow, what with its feasting and gatherings (after sunset, of course).
    Will Vicpol be as heavy handed with social distancing violators as normal?

  6. Sean

    Haha, the Vics are using private hospitals to treat public patients first and then ration to the plebs who paid for those beds.

  7. Robber Baron

    This is from the government’s own department of health website.

    If we continue with our strategy of isolation, quarantine and social isolation, we expect that our health system will cope with the projected peak in cases.

    The Australian Government is boosting our intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity to around 7,000 beds.

    The modelling compares the peak daily ICU bed demand under 3 different scenarios:

    uncontrolled spread – 35,000
    isolation and quarantine – 17,000
    isolation, quarantine and social isolation – below 5000

    Great modeling.

  8. A Lurker

    No plague cases in our town, yet the place remains locked up tighter than a drum.

  9. Robber Baron

    The Tyrant Daniel Andrews is being called #BeijingDan on Twitter. It’s trending.

  10. Hay Stockardu

    In the wash up the arse covering will be epic. They’ll be doing a Trumble of obfuscation and blame shifting.

  11. Delta

    Rationality and reason are in lockdown. Alarmism and political ass covering is about the only thing that has gone viral in this pandemic.

    Precisely and there was information like this one from the Oz this morning:

    NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has confirmed three more people have died in the state after contracting COVID-19. “The three further deaths relate to a 75-year-old gentleman who passed away in St George Hospital and was a household contact of a known case,” she said.
    “An 80-year-old woman, who passed away in Gosford Hospital with pre-existing medical conditions who was part of a Gosford Hospital cluster.
    “And a 92-year-old woman who was a resident of the Anglicare Newmarch House at Caddens, and who is the third death in that facility.” No further COVID-19 cases were reported at the aged care facility.
    Dr Chant confirmed that 33 people have now died in the state after they contracted coronavirus. The national death toll is now at 74. The three deaths were reported in the 24-hour period to 8pm on April 21

    So we have a 75 year old man and an 80 year old woman and a 92 year old woman die and the economy is locked down. But for what? This is absolutely insane.

    A few months ago these individuals would just have died of natural causes or say heart failure if the person had an underlying heart condition. Now they die from Whu-flu? I say bullshit to that. Perhaps they died with Whu-flu but that’s about all and not because of it.

    The bureaucrats and politicians behind this mania deserve to be hung, drawn and quartered. They deserve nothing less.

  12. Shaun

    People Power is whats required. The people need to stop listening to these experts and the govt and live how they want to live. There is risk in socialising but the numbers do not stack up for what is being set by the govt. All Victorians need to ignore the lockdown laws. Send your kids to school. Go out in public, everybody all together in unison and send a message. Drive your cars. All golfers should turn up at the golf course and start playing golf. The govt only have the power if your listen to it. There will be some casualties with this in terms of fines etc, and govt pushback, but the govt will back down pretty quick when they are facing an act of no confidence from a couple of million voters. The govt has no power if they are ignored.

  13. Struth

    So we have a 75 year old man and an 80 year old woman and a 92 year old woman die and the economy is locked down. But for what? This is absolutely insane.

    A lot of people ask this, and I expect they know the answer but just don’t want to admit it.
    Fair enough.

  14. Cynic of Ayr

    I said it before.
    NO death certificate will have, “Died from cancelled elective surgery.”
    This is gunna hurt, but they have their arse covered, by lying about the real reason for death.
    We already have one. A fellow’s brother in law dies from the refusal of treatment. In another thread in Cats.
    Ya know what’s so sad?
    We no longer can accept that every goddamn expert is really an expert.
    The head doctor of the land can’t be trusted.
    The head politician of the land, can’t be trusted.
    It’s the Climate Change “Experts” all over again.
    We can’t deny the science? The hell we can’t!

  15. Dan the man is a total Fuckwit ….. and any arsehole that would vote for this douchebag moron ….. Needs to get a brain transplant !

  16. WolfmanOz

    Brilliant article . . . but so depressing !

  17. Professor Fred Lenin

    In spite of invisibility and uncritical silence the Victorian liberals will probably win the next election ,andrews and his useless aparatchiks have got the schmidas touch Kirner and Brumby had that too ,they stuffed the stste up and the punters got sick of them as that old stuffed put chinese puppet Kesting would say the drovers dog could beat them ,like they did him .
    The modelling crap is total rubbish ,you feed in projection crap you get projection failure out Just trying to make themselves look clever . The seas will rise between 1 and 100 metres the temperature rise between .005 and 5 degrees always leave a bit of room dont they ? When is Flannery going to be tried for obtsining money by false pretences ?

  18. MACK

    ” The epidemiological models have proven to be duds”
    It’s worse than that – the first modelling was rubbish but the data put out by the modellers at Easter showed that in fact the epidemic was well under control by mid-March and the shutdown was not required.
    https://twitter.com/j_mccaw/status/1249592269977423879

    The real scandal was that the Victorian Chief Medical Officer and others refused to admit it, and convinced the innumerate and scientifically illiterate politicians to go ahead with the strangulation of the economy.

  19. Atoms for Peace

    I reckon some of our leaders escaped from a CRISPR lab. Worse than the CCP bat flu

  20. Tezza

    I think you’ve made a very good case here, JTG. I had arrived at the same conclusions just from reconstructing a timeline of the key restrictions from February on. If any restriction starts to change behaviour from the day it takes effect, incubation periods mean recorded new cases of infection won’t show in reduced infection rates until 10-12 days later. Given the peak in new cases occurred around 25-28 March, all the restrictions that contributed to passing over that peak were those taken by 15-18 March.
    These restrictions were essentially border controls (lightly enforced at that stage with unsupervised self-isolation at home) and the broad principles of social distancing among the healthy: outside and inside meeting size limits, 1.5 metres interpersonal distances generally and 4 square metres per person inside. Those measures were enough to crush the curve and point it downwards. But Premiers and the Commonwealth kept piling on new measures to end March. The ‘house arrest provisions’ were promulgated right at the end of March, helping drive daily new infections below 50 a day by 12 April. Those new measures in the second half of March were all the most expensive ones, in terms of arbitrary business closures and house arrest except on police-approved excuses, triggering the worst excesses of arbitrary police enforcement.
    We now have way lower infection rates than necessary to preserve treatment headroom in ICUs, even as those ICUs were scaled originally. We now have arguably too low a rate of new infections, if there is virtue in allowing manageable exposure to the virus to affect more of the population and increase immunities before the winter peak of the usual influenzas add to the load.
    So roughly speaking, the measures applied since mid-March added more to economic costs and damage to the rule of law, than to public health benefits.
    That analysis ought to be a rough guide as to how to wind back the restrictions: undo every action taken since the middle of March.

  21. Other than the Wuhan Flu being an ‘immediate threat’, how is any of this any different to the Climate Alarmism?
    Yes there are all sorts of data that show the epidemic models were bunkum from the start just as all sorts of data show the climate models are and have always been bunkum.
    We still thrashed our energy sector and economies for that “100 years from now” threat, we shouldn’t be surprised that we are thrashing our economies for this “immediate” threat.

    Like I said on another thread some days ago. If we had of destroyed climate alarmism 20 years ago, we wouldn’t be experiencing this delirium today. Same people, same mindset, different emergency.

  22. But Premiers and the Commonwealth kept piling on new measures to end March.

    Of course they did. They are seeing what’s being done in places like the USA and copying it.
    Our so called medical experts are doing exactly the same thing. I don’t think any of them have a real clue as to what to do. They’re just copying overseas actions probably because if they don’t and it all turns to shit, they’ll be asked why they didn’t take such and such a measure as New York did etc.

  23. littledozer

    MACK
    #3424015, posted on April 22, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Makes me so angry when the whole epidemiology cohort must have known for a long time now that R0 is below 1, yet they continue sending politicians out there to scare the hell out of the community. The Vic CMO is by far the worst.

    In Victoria there are 73 cases in the last 11 days but at least half of those are returned from overseas.

  24. Hay Stockardu

    It’s just too hear for these dopes to ,arch it back. And their egos won’t let them admit to a single mistake.

  25. Alan

    “Everybody here has been vaccinated anyway …”
    Did you catch that?
    But we have been told vaccinations for Covid-19 will not be developed for another 18 months!
    And then there are New Studies that tell the Truth About Fatality Rates?

  26. Peter Finch, I'm Mad as Hell

    An excellent article and some interesting comments. Why has man moved from being a man to a hysterical bunch of cowards? I remember years ago talking about how the country will deteriorate once my generation left politics and entrepreneurial business life. I was pretty prescient at the time. I predicted: big business would become bureaucracies more interested in social issues than the bottom line where meritocracy was tossed for brown nosing; political parties would be indistinguishable, both fuelled by dumping real people and recruiting lawyers, unionists and Bachelors in Government ensconced in MP’s offices doing the “hard yards” before being ‘called’ to their rightful opportunity; governments lacking in common sense and unable to understand the detail would be tramped upon by Yes Minister bureaucrats. Being ex-military I erred in thinking that the military would not become a bunch of nonces but otherwise my predictions have been unfortunately correct.

    God save Australia because government, bureaucracies, business and the military won’t.

  27. Graham

    This is the most sensible post I have read on this subject in a long time. It is a pity that the Emperor Justinian does not govern us today.

  28. Professot Fred Lenin

    You surely jest , ,career polliemaggots lying to save their asses? Not having the best interests of their constituents and at heart? Not really knowing what to do in a real crisis ? No ,no,it cant be ! can it ?

  29. egg_

    Other than the Wuhan Flu being an ‘immediate threat’, how is any of this any different to the Climate Alarmism?

    Same people, same mindset, different emergency.

    Yup, same sheeple herding MO.

  30. Tim Neilson

    Despite South Australia not having many restrictions, its ratio of locally acquired Chicom virus cases to overseas acquired ones is almost the same as Victoria’s.

    Can anyone even pretend that the lockdown has been worth it?

  31. Bronson

    Victoria is fcuked it’s a repeat of the Kirner years. The place will be a waste land for years. Great property bargains for are belt road overlords!

  32. Sydney Boy

    Fact Check = True.

    I think there are a few more reasons to Australia’s transmission rate including our Southern Hemisphere summer (thus vitamin D production), high testing rate, etc. but Australia (and New Zealand) has fared very very well. Time to start winding back restrictions.

  33. Farmer Gez

    Fairly certain one of those 40-50 age group deaths was that Filipino cruise crew member.
    Didn’t pick it up in Australia and not a citizen.
    Dodgy as all get out.

  34. Justinian the Great

    Sydney Boy I agree other factors come in like good testing and good tracing and I also think our high UV plays a not insignificant part because it means the virus can’t live as long on publicly shared surfaces (i.e. door handles). But it seems increasingly plain that Australia dodged a bullet from overseas mostly because we closed the border in time. Some of that was just plain luck that it coincided with the annual exodus of Chinese students and business travellers at that time of year. But credit due to Morrison for shutting the gate on China on February 1, lesser but still credit for shutting the gate everywhere else on March 18. And pretty much a fail after that in my book.

  35. The modelling should have been to understand that the cumulative numbers form a bell curve. But those numbers do not exist as they include the recovered. The bell curve can only deal with cumulative numbers but the good thing is that in this form the normal distribution curve is amenable to statistical analysis. None of that appears to have been done but the number of beds required seems to have been on the basis of ever increasing cumulative totals. If we draw the bell curve trajectory on the rising side, anyone with a climate change program will come out with an apocalyptic total in time. But without such a repurposed program the modelling is deceptively straightforward. If the infection lasts for ten days, it is then that people start to recover. Their cumulative rate of recovery matches the cumulative rate of infection within statistically negligible variations. So the recovery curve is offset to the right by a ten day interval and if the dead are added back, is exactly the same as the former. So then the net number of infected at any one time is represented by the area bewtween any ten day interval which falls in the space between the curves. If you can visualise this it will be apparent that maximum alarm will be fed by the ten day interval at the start where the growth in the numbers appear as increasing exponentially. But after that the net number in any progressive two week interval is relatively constant until the infection curve begins to flatten out. It is then that the net number begins to reduce until the curve becomes horizontal which can only happen when new infection numbers are zero. After this, it’s all downhill as the number of recoveries exhaust the number infected. If one agrees that only a small percentage of the net infected need a hospital bed then it is clear that the number would increase before stalling, and then decrease. Gotta wonder why SA provided for 350 beds!
    Currently there are four hospital cases of whom two are in intensive care.

  36. C.L.

    The over the top lockdowns are increasingly ridiculous and difficult to justify and I suspect the only reason for the lethargic lifting of restrictions is because a swift retreat would highlight how disproportionate they were in the first place making governments and their experts look stupid.

    Yep. Bingo.

  37. Rohan

    Bronson
    #3424154, posted on April 22, 2020 at 6:37 pm
    Victoria is fcuked it’s a repeat of the Kirner years.

    No, it’s 10 times worse. Kirner had a highly effective opposition lead by Jeff Kennet.

    I’ve seen 3 week old lettuce leaves with more spine than that useless piece of shit O’Brien.

  38. mem

    WolfmanOz
    #3423967, posted on April 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm
    Brilliant article . . . but so depressing !
    Yes, a great article.. But I’m not so depressed. It has opened the air to the, pc pestilence that infests our bureaucracies and so called advisory bodies and political class. The health sector is full of whispering jesus that set the agendas based on the latest UN dictate. Current methodology is to run a research project then come back with results that support your cause, get all the political hacks on the left to turn up at the community meeting, provide some grants which the old political hacks get funded as pay back, then proceed to develop a policy paper that is then set up to go through the parliamentary process.
    It is the lefts way and it is corrupt.

  39. Leo G

    Makes me so angry when the whole epidemiology cohort must have known for a long time now that R0 is below 1, yet they continue sending politicians out there to scare the hell out of the community.

    A reproduction number at 0.5 and 35 new cases a day (average over a week) suggests only about 200 asymptomatic but contagious individuals at large.

  40. Squirrel

    “We now have 1,889 active cases (the key metric), a fall of 62% from the peak of 4,935 on April 4,”

    So interesting (but not at all surprising) that the active cases statistic gets so little coverage – instead, it’s always about the total number of cases, past and present.

    Likewise, we don’t see regular details of how many cases are imported or due to community spread – the latter statistic surely being very important to decisions about lifting restrictions and getting people back to work.

    Aside from the “we’re watching” app, I’m increasingly concerned that the “experts” will be pushing for universal, compulsory testing before all restrictions are lifted (the latter being presented as a necessity in light of the likely failure of the former).

  41. Kneel

    “And then there are New Studies that tell the Truth About Fatality Rates?”

    https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2020/04/18/massachusetts-general-hospital-chelsea-study-antibodies-test-coronavirus-john-lafrate-bellingham-square/

    “Minimally, 39 Chelsea residents have died from the virus, and as of Tuesday, there’d been 712 confirmed cases.

    To be clear, the test in Bellingham Square excluded any who’d previously tested positive via the conventional nasal swab test.

    Of those tested, 32% had the antibodies. “Many” — as per the Globe — hadn’t known they’d been carriers.”

    712 confirmed cases.
    Random test of 200 asymptomatic people gave 64 positive anti-body tests, most say they had a bit of a cough or other minor symptoms during the last 4 weeks.

    SHUTDOWN THE SHUTDOWN!

  42. Leo G

    Random test of 200 asymptomatic people gave 64 positive anti-body tests, most say they had a bit of a cough or other minor symptoms during the last 4 weeks.

    A problem with Advaite’s RapCov Rapid COVID-19 Test is that specificity (claimed to be 100%) hasn’t been tested against those who have recently been infected with non-covid viruses. The FDA designates it for research use only- it’s not approved for diagnostic use in the US.

  43. Anthony

    The issue of shutting travel from China on 1st Feb, but not everywhere else made little sense to me. People can travel to a second country, swap to a passport from another country or get their current passport re-issued without evidence of being in China.

    Really all travel visas needed to be cancelled. Maybe unless the visa holder was happy to pay for a 14 day quarantine in a designated hotel.

  44. Bob

    Unless there’s some weird practice of covering-up donkeys, then “ass covering” isn’t the phrase you’re looking for. Try “arse covering”.
    We’re in Australia. We don’t speak American. We don’t tell someone to stick it up their donkey (animal cruelty issues) – we tell them to stick it up their arse.
    Ass means donkey. Arse means arse.

  45. BorisG

    One needs to only look at the graph of COVID cases or deaths to realize that among decent size countries Australia is doing the best by far. But as a seven host told the PM the other day Australians are allergic to admit that the country has been good in anything.

    Australia banned entry from China about the same time as the US – and yet what a difference we see in just two months.

    And it is not just stats. Australian draconian lockdowns are the lightest in the western world bar Sweden. Our shopping malls are open while they are closed just about everywhere else. Etc etc etc.

    Now I agree we should open up faster. But I also understand the government want it to be safe than sorry. Totally understandable. In the US may states are impatient – and they will pay the price for this with the second waves.

    And not only we have defeated the virus and have lighter lockdowns, we will also be more or less first in a position to truly restart the economy, as opposed to just easing formal restrictions.

    And left and right will still whinge. Losers.

  46. BorisG

    The issue of shutting travel from China on 1st Feb, but not everywhere else made little sense to me. People can travel to a second country, swap to a passport from another country or get their current passport re-issued without evidence of being in China.

    Really all travel visas needed to be cancelled. Maybe unless the visa holder was happy to pay for a 14 day quarantine in a designated hotel.

    Agreed. Not only they can come to a third country and swap passports (Chinese seldom have two passports) but because they will simply infect other people in the third country, and these will come here (or to the US).

  47. BorisG

    But as a seven host told the PM the other day Australians are allergic to admit that the country has been good in anything.

    Not just good. Brilliant.

  48. PeteD

    Such a good article.

    Australia clearly doesn’t have a wide undetected community spread. There’s 13000 reported tests finding 4 new cases (3pm to 3pm).

    This is because they closed the border to China and then to the world.

    Unfortunately quarantine measures like the hotel situation was required because people don’t seem to think they need to self isolate on return.

    Because the numbers almost everywhere else are getting increasingly large, the border has to stay closed. But we are almost where the risks from significant restrictions being cut back are very small.

    It seems time to remove control the border and let the domestic economy open up.

  49. Sydney Boy

    Because the numbers almost everywhere else are getting increasingly large, the border has to stay closed.

    By the middle of the year, Australian’s should have unfettered movement within the country, and life within Australia should be back close to normal.

    Quite possibly by the September school holidays Australians should be permitted to travel back and forth to New Zealand (and maybe Taiwan and South Korea), and they can do the same. A small bloc of Covid-19-free countries. Tests with near-instant results before you get on the plane. Test positive – no travel – and go to isolation.

  50. Docket62

    I’ve seen 3 week old lettuce leaves with more spine than that useless piece of shit O’Brien.

    +1

  51. Iampeter

    The over the top lockdowns are increasingly ridiculous and difficult to justify and I suspect the only reason for the lethargic lifting of restrictions is because a swift retreat would highlight how disproportionate they were in the first place making governments and their experts look stupid.

    Yep. Millions of lives destroyed and billions in wealth wiped out just so our government can save face.

    Now I agree we should open up faster. But I also understand the government want it to be safe than sorry. Totally understandable. In the US may states are impatient – and they will pay the price for this with the second waves.

    The thing is, this virus is too infectious, is not going anywhere and we’re all going to get it.
    Just like the flu. All these lock-downs are doing is slowing down the inevitable.
    So, unless you suggest keeping the lock-downs in place indefinitely, which is more damaging than this virus could ever be, then there’s no point in these lock-downs in the first place and they should never have happened.
    Not a single life has been saved, but millions more have been destroyed.

  52. What is disappointing is the Victorian opposition leader. Hardly raised a voice, says he won’t because “polling shows the public have no appetite for negativity”. Since when is a strong voice for common sense a negative? Modern politicians and their focus groups. Idiots.

  53. PJ

    What the hell is “ass” covering? Did you mean “arse” covering or are you from the US?

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