Friday Fun: Can the Governor-General abolish Victoria?

NEWS veteran George Donikian has proposed that the Feds take over Victoria before Daniel Andrews and his government preside over an even larger holocaust of death, ineptitude and gestapo thuggery than they already have.   His 12 minute video editorial  (here)  addresses the Premier in language redolent of Oliver Cromwell’s harsh words to the Rump Parliament in 1653:

“There are Victorians who want to be out. They want you out of office and they want Victoria to be declared a territory and to have the federal government take over the reins…

“[Daniel Andrews] has blood on his hands [and] will be seen as responsible for the economic destruction of Victoria and for driving the levels of suicide, domestic violence and mental [ill]-health to unprecedented levels. He has plenty of explaining to do…

“Victorians have fallen victim to a collective stupidity and we will have to endure a painful legacy because of it.”

 
Not quite “In the name of God, go!” It’s far more brutal. Donikian loses the sanity thread slightly himself when he calls for anti-maskers and those alleged to have flouted self-isolation regulations to be jailed. Nevertheless, it’s a tremendous spray. Intrigued by the idea of the Commonwealth taking over an entire state or a portion of one, I looked over Chapter VI of the Constitution. It seems such a takeover is possible but only with the consent of the surrendering state’s parliament. However, section 122 also seems to sanction the Federal government to govern “any territory placed by the Queen under the authority of and accepted by the Commonwealth.” Over to you, General Hurley! Now – of course – none of this would ever happen. But it does highlight something this pandemic has flooded with unflattering light: the brokenness and abject idiocy of an island continent with nine parliaments despoiling one of the greatest economic El Dorados in the history of the world in a less than a year. It cannot go on. Big Donikianesque decisions have to be made.

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54 Responses to Friday Fun: Can the Governor-General abolish Victoria?

  1. stackja

    Australia was created by people who didn’t realize a Dan one day would create such chaos. NSW under Lang and 1975 showed one to handle situations. Hun story Dan might quit.
    Then who in Victoria?

  2. Some History

    “any territory placed by the Queen under the authority of and accepted by the Commonwealth.”

    Difficult as it may be to contemplate, Elton John may be the answer.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Can the Governor-General abolish Victoria?

    Start with the ACT please.
    Maybe we should just cede both of them to China.

  4. sfw

    I’ve looked for his petition, can’t find it anywhere,anyone have a link to it?
    Donikian seems to want it both ways,lockup those he thinks are doing the wrong thing but get rid of the idiot in chief plus his advisors. He’s understandable angry but a little irrational.

  5. Roberto

    Any chance that the Governor of Victoria might do a John Kerr, and revoke Dictator Dan’s commission?

  6. Brain

    More interesting is the parliament of Victoria requires either 20 members of the assembly, or 30 of the combined assembly amd council, to cancel a state of disaster. They write to the speaker, who is then required by law to recall the government, then debate can ensure.

    Does the opposition/cross Bench have the balls?

    Sadly Probably not.

  7. Robber Baron

    Paddy O’Brien needs to get rolled by Tim Smith now!

  8. stackja

    Governor of Victoria?
    She’s unlikely to act.

  9. Zyconoclast

    I reckon Victoriastanis will vote Dan/ALP next chance they get.

  10. H B Bear

    Probably not. Although I would pay good money to see them try. The Cth Liars have already taken over the Victoriastan branch if you need a precedent.

  11. nb

    ‘Maybe we should just cede both of them to China.’
    Too late for Victoria. Already done. China Dan with China Paul K with China Sam just showing the China flag for the China ALP.

  12. Robber Baron

    If you go on the Victorian government health and human services website you see 3 flags. The abbo one. The torres straight one. And the homo one. No flag of Australia. No flag of Victoria.

  13. Lee

    I reckon Victoriastanis will vote Dan/ALP next chance they get.

    Not this Victorian.
    If Andrews was the only candidate, I would write “get f..ked” on the ballot paper.

  14. Fat Tony

    Robber Baron
    #3539502, posted on August 7, 2020 at 7:40 pm
    If you go on the Victorian government health and human services website you see 3 flags. The abbo one. The torres straight one. And the homo one. No flag of Australia. No flag of Victoria.

    I just checked out the website – I only see the Abo flag and 2 homo ones

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Robber Baron

    #3539438, posted on August 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Paddy O’Brien needs to get rolled by Tim Smith now!

    Wait.
    Patience.
    The Liars will go full term so no hurry.
    Smith gave it to Andrews with both barrels the other day.
    It was classic Trump. Goes with “Blood on his hands”. MSM starts tut-tutting but having to replay the hook line on high rotation to do it.
    The mud stuck.
    Within a day the talk was whether Ministers could be charged under their own shiny new Industrial Manslaughter laws.
    Now George Dunikan is beating the same drum.

  16. Simple Simon

    It cannot go on.

    Argentinians may have a different perspective.

  17. Old Lefty

    Interesting, isn’t it, that even a serial ALP appointee like Coate is now distancing herself (this is not a court, no inhibition on discussion or questions etc). Not that the laws of sub judice contempt stopped Milligan and Co, but that’s another story.

  18. Paul

    Victorians are getting exactly what they voted for.

    Where is the opposition? Nothing but crickets

  19. Perfidious Albino

    According to VikPol a pedestrian tragically ‘fell’ from a bridge over the Eastern Freeway this morning, during rush hour, such as it is, killed after being doubly unlucky and hit by a truck. Talking to an acquaintance today, a familiar of three 17 yo girls, friends, from the same high school, have taken their own lives in the last few weeks also. This is the human toll we don’t much hear about.

  20. sfw

    Millions in Vic are starting to crack, it will soon even the media will be unable to ignore it. I wish Andrews and his useless gov would resign. Somewhere out there is a person (probably a man) who has lost or is losing everything, he will be dangerous and Dan and his gov should and must take their security seriously, I never thought that Vic could come to this but it’s getting more likely by the day.

  21. Buccaneer

    Victorians are cracking, had a colleague start to question the sanity of the lockdown in a business meeting today, was with a bunch of government types from a prime lockdown state, so a bit awkward. Crazy Dan locking up the protest organisers the night before is only going to add to the sense of unease. He’s making Bunnings Karen look sane.

  22. Even the luvvies are contemplating Chairman Dan resigning now, but consider on reflection that Dan is still their man:

  23. notafan

    You can’t just fall from a bridge on the Eastern, everyone knows that.

    I’ve suggested several times, Dan give us the suicide stats at his daily press conferences.

  24. Link to article:

    Text:

    COMMENT

    The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump, the coronavirus, the coronavirus conspiracy theory and pretty much every other earth-changing event and so it is only prudent that in Australia’s darkest hour we turn to Springfield’s first family once more.

    This time Homer and Marge are attempting to hire a brainwasher to deprogram Bart. They meet in his office and press him for his credentials.

    “I did get Paul McCartney out of Wings,” the deprogrammer says smugly.

    “You idiot!” yells Homer. “He was the most talented one!”

    As usual, Homer is right. And I think of his words whenever I hear calls for Daniel Andrews to resign.

    There is no doubt my beloved home state of Victoria is currently a basket case. You can see it in the forlorn deserted streets and read it in the ever-escalating case numbers and deaths which perversely seem to rise with each new wave of lockdowns.

    And I hear it every day in the voices of my family and friends – loyal Labor voters all – who are stuck in their homes with heightened anxiety and diminishing faith.

    Melbourne has become a tale of two cities. In the progressive and affluent inner suburbs there is a devotional adherence to mask-wearing and shop-shutting that borders on zealotry – to the point where commentators are writing public love-letters to the Premier and chief health officer.

    Meanwhile in the poorer outer suburbs of the west and south-east people have simply ceased to give a f**k. They have stopped listening and stopped caring.

    On the first day of the state’s unprecedented curfews and travel bans there were more people violating stay-at-home orders than ever before. On the second day positive cases had skyrocketed to record numbers and deaths. The harder the lockdown, it seemed, the more people resisted.

    Hence the government is flying blind. They allowed the virus to escape from quarantine, had no ability to effectively track and trace it in its early spread and have been woefully unable to suppress it ever since, even with evermore draconian measures. In thousands of cases they simply have no idea where the virus has come from nor where it is going.

    The reasons for this are multiple and manifest. A Labor mate of mine who has worked for both state and federal health ministers blamed the break-up of the Victorian health system into more autonomous parts under the Kennett government, meaning there is no clear centralised authority to manage things in times of crisis such as these.

    This certainly checks out with what I have been hearing on the ground, including from a high-risk patient who has been moved between hospitals amid the lockdown and was stunned to discover they had completely different protocols. But Jeff Kennett hasn’t been in power in Victoria for more than 20 years.

    RELATED: Victoria’s new lockdown rules explained

    I have also heard that the health databases in Victoria are hopelessly inadequate and that contact tracing is piecemeal and sometimes even paper-based.

    This is supported by a report in The Age last week revealing Victoria’s public health unit was the worst resourced in the country and this was warned about more than a year ago. Despite this, Victoria still had only 14 contact tracers when the coronavirus hit in March this year. By contrast, as reported by The Daily Telegraph last month, the number of contact tracers in NSW was 150 and being expanded to 380 – of whom up to 80 are now being deployed to Victoria.

    And then of course there was the fact the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services was officially and publicly advising at-risk people waiting for test results that they could go out in the community even as the Premier was publicly telling people they were forbidden from doing so.

    Or the chief health officer saying that actual positive cases who were in enforced isolation in apartments – like housing commission flats for example – could still go out and exercise because of Victoria’s bespoke Charter of Human Rights. Again Andrews was forced to shut down an off-Broadway sh*tshow he apparently didn’t even know was running.

    In other words, for all the daily briefings and public health orders, the Victorian government simply had no apparatus to actually handle the crisis. The cogs were not connected. It is like a mechanic giving a long and impassioned speech about how your car ought to run only for you to pop the bonnet and discover it has no engine.

    This is far from saying that Andrews is blameless in his handling of the crisis – of which I have been deeply critical – but it certainly explains the expression on his face each day.

    And so if the Victorian government is Wings then Dan Andrews is Paul McCartney. Removing him from the equation might do wonders for his solo career but it wouldn’t be great for the band.

    Indeed, even when I went on my somewhat infamous rant on Studio 10 last week lamenting the fate of my quadriplegic best mate left isolated in hospital by both the idiotic outbreak and the idiotic overkill, it wasn’t actually Andrews I imagined resigning but his Health Minister.

    Dan Andrews has done dumb things but at least he’s done some things. Jenny Mikakos has effectively done nothing, a nothing which includes her response to the alarms raised about hotel quarantine on day one.

    RELATED: Best reusable face masks to buy

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Andrew Henshaw
    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Andrew HenshawSource:News Corp Australia

    As the first elected checkpoint in the chain of command which started with bureaucrats warning senior health officials about private security guards being played, plied and pleasured by infected quarantine cases, the buck unquestionably stops with the minister.

    She also named and shamed a public school where a single music teacher had contracted coronavirus from an outside source while the virus ran rampant through a meatworks she refused to identify.

    And this week she attended state parliament in defiance of the chief health officer’s advice, only to refuse to answer any questions and complain that she shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

    Contrast this to the weary figure of Dan Andrews who submits himself daily to an exhaustive interrogation of his government’s catalogue of woe.

    Perhaps it is a form of chivalry – for all his mule-like stubbornness Dan strikes me as a fundamentally decent bloke – or perhaps it is just the hard line set-and-forget style of Victorian politics that makes it keep marching dogmatically into disaster. Either way, in the Bear Pit of NSW politics Mikakos wouldn’t have made it to Tuesday morning

    And so we see in my old home state a sadness that is slowly creeping into us all. My favourite axiom about parenthood is that you are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child, and that is the way all of Australia feels at the moment.

    RELATED: Victoria’s brutal new $100,000 fines

    Victoria must recover, not just for its own sake but for all of ours. The fear is that the only plan the government has for that recovery is ever-increasing waves of restrictions, each of which has failed to deliver that recovery, which has in turn only prompted ever-increasing waves of restrictions.

    By now such measures may well be necessary and inevitable but let us not forget that this is a crude, cruel and blunt approach which has only been needed because almost every level of Victoria’s government failed to do the most basic things that every other jurisdiction has managed without fuss or fervour: Managing people in quarantine, tracking cases, isolating the sick and keeping the public informed and on side. No horde of historical revisionists can erase that inalterable fact.

    And yet Daniel Andrews is probably the best choice to lead Victoria out of this disaster for good reasons and bad.

    It’s partly because for all his myriad mistakes he’s still a pretty genuine and dedicated leader, partly because the alternatives are either invisible or unthinkable and partly because sometimes the only person who can get you out of a disaster is the one who got you into it.

    Joe Hildebrand is a columnist for news.com.au and co-host of Studio 10, 8am-noon weekdays on Channel 10.

  25. $100,000 fines.

    Hahahahahahaha.

    What an arsehole.

  26. Chris M

    Millions in Vic are starting to crack

    I don’t think so. The great majority are behind the “anti-virus lockdown” and are happy to comply with Dan’s martial law. Try walking about without a mask and see how many scowls you get, in the moments before three storm-troopers jump on your back that is. Objectors are likely less than 20% of Viks.

  27. Buccaneer

    The Dan can’t resign rubbish is straight from his propaganda team. He’s lost any kind of authority, every day that clown stands up and blames the people he’s admitting his big government agenda is a complete load of shyte. There are no ‘karens’ to blame or mask protests in any other state because no other premier encouraged the blm marxists. The biggest scandal is that the media haven’t hounded this hack from office. The myth of he fourth estate somehow protecting the people from rogue governance is well dead. The people of Nafdanistan are on their own.

  28. Millions in Vic are starting to crack

    I don’t think so. The great majority are behind the “anti-virus lockdown” and are happy to comply with Dan’s martial law. Try walking about without a mask and see how many scowls you get, in the moments before three storm-troopers jump on your back that is. Objectors are likely less than 20% of Viks.

    In a democracy, you get the government you deserve.

  29. Professor Fred Lenin

    Anti revolutionary saboteurs are plotting to overthrow the legally elected Peoples Democratic Socialist Andrews government , a spokesperson said “ with thr support of our great allies the Chinese Peoples Government we will defeat these anti democratic extreme right wing fascists . They are using the American Trump Virus as an excuse ,but the People are awake to this plot.

  30. mareeS

    Fortunately NSW owns the Murray River up to the south bank. About time we started exercising ownership.Victoria is not aiming up.

  31. mareeS

    BTW, I spent several days in bed recently until I realised the virus hysteria was doing my head in. Over it now, thanks.

  32. Squirrel

    There is the old saying about letting people stew in the own juice – a Commonwealth takeover would let the culprits off the hook, and, within days (if not hours), allow the army of credulous, posturing twits who put Andrews in power to blame everything on “Scotty from marketing”.

    For the preceding reasons, amongst others, I hope that Andrews now has a sufficiently large and visible security detail to deter any nonsense which might allow him to dramatically appear the victim.

  33. C.L.

    Glad you’re feeling better, Maree.
    ————
    Yes, good point, Squirrel. Weird looking at Victoria from the outside these days.
    It’s a one-party state.
    I have read the Opp. Leader’s name but, as I write, I cannot remember it.

  34. Pyrmonter

    Not since the Australia Acts.

    Before that … maybe. It happened to the Dominion of Newfoundland, when it defaulted on public debt accumulated to build dubious railways (the Australian colonial experience wasn’t unique) – it went into, effectively, Colonial Office receivership until after the war, when in a tight referendum it voted narrowly to join Canada.

    The decision on WA secession however suggests otherwise.

    https://www.heritage.nf.ca/articles/politics/amulree-commission.php

  35. JC

    Micheal O’Brien.

    He’s not bad. The local press doesn’t offer much airplay though because he’s a lib.

  36. C.L.

    Besides which, the Constitution makes no provision for the Commonwealth to declare an existing state to be a territory. References to the Queen’s prerogatives continue to intrigue, however.
    ————-
    Search Results
    Web results

    Michael O’Brien
    ——–
    Thank you, Google.

  37. NoFixedAddress

    C.L.

    There is a good argument to make that the geographical Riverina portions of NSW, Vic and SA should form a separate State.

  38. min

    Libs have not done preselections yet because boundaries are going to be changed . I don’t believe that matters in a crisis ,however Clarke was pushed to start .My assessment of Daniel is that when he sees the angry men rallying ,family will suddenly become very important . He would not want to go because he caused the stuff ups.

  39. twostix

    Victoria is flipping to being an CCP satellite inside Australia.

    I bet the feds are absolutely shitting themselves at the moment, this is big league stuff – not chasing weird beard lebs around sydney as is their usual business, and worse America is too preoccupied to tell them what to do like usual.

  40. Some History

    I have read the Opp. Leader’s name but, as I write, I cannot remember it.

    The surname is O’Malley. Not sure of the first name; it might be “Bufort”.

  41. NoFixedAddress

    twostix
    #3539743, posted on August 7, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Victoria is flipping to being an CCP satellite inside Australia.

    And that is the actual shut your eyes, fingers in your ears fucking reality that no-one will address.

    A major legal firm that advises the so called Government of Victoria was formed in China for fk sake.

    Every major international Accounting firm “advising” so called Australian Governments have direct CCP links.

    Australia is a CCP occupied country.

  42. Struth

    The feds to take over?
    When Dan imprisons the state they rush in with more Job keeper funds.
    Then you quote what the feds can do constitutionally.
    Surely you have learned on this site unless you are a QC you are not allowed to do that.
    Remember the feds handed their responsibility to make quarantine law to Daniels in the first place…..unconstitutionally.
    They’re in this up to their necks.

  43. MemoryFault

    Good morning Struth.
    No weekend forum.
    Very strange.

  44. cuckoo

    The tasty thing in this morning’s papers is the hint that hiring private security guards for the quarantine hotels was in part driven by ALP policy on ‘inclusion’.

  45. min

    Brain , can you tell me where I can find the rules you stated about numbers required to get a Parliament sitting I t certainly did not work last Tuesday when the only person who turned up for labor was Mikakos who refused to answer the 32 questions put to her , including, what date did you receive in March ,April notification that police were needed to take over security in quarantine hotels. She said she would deliver in writing next day that’s did not happen , moreover , when letter did arrive , said she could not say anything because under inquiry.
    Bull sh and lies .
    I have researched publication on all of this so think you are a troll so show me the cogliones you have whilst claiming LNP have none

  46. Papachango

    Has the petition gone live yet? When do I sign? I’m normally against central powers taking over, but they couldn’t possibly do any worse

  47. cuckoo

    He’s not bad. The local press doesn’t offer much airplay though because he’s a lib.

    The ABC trots him out every night for a three-second, one-sentence soundbite on whatever the State Government has done that day, before returning him to his gimp cage. Thereby fulfilling their obligation to provide balanced coverage.

  48. Papachango

    I don’t think so. The great majority are behind the “anti-virus lockdown” and are happy to comply with Dan’s martial law. Try walking about without a mask and see how many scowls you get, in the moments before three storm-troopers jump on your back that is. Objectors are likely less than 20% of Viks.

    That is certainly the case here in inner city People’s Republic of Yarrastan, where pizza shop owners report large takeaway orders to the police. But I hear the bogans in the outer suburbs, many of whom have had their livelihoods ripped apart have had a gutful – I can’t confirm as I’m not allowed to go there.

    I’m reminded of a quote from a famous work of fiction (slightly altered here):

    “If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there, in those swarming disregarded masses, eighty-five percent of the population of Danistan, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated.

  49. Entropy

    VEXIT!

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQEsR8zJtOE&w=560&h=315%5D

    Memorable adjustment strategies:
    Qld becomes cultural capital, Canberra sports capital, Victoria becomes hookturnistan and Perth takes on the role of comparing itself favourably to Sydney when they find someone prepared to listen.
    Oh, and the Melbourne cup becomes the Dubbo cup.

  50. incoherent rambler

    abolish Victoria?

    Revert to being administered by NSW.
    Can’t be worse.

  51. where pizza shop owners report large takeaway orders to the police

    It would be a shame if anything would happen to these arsehole’s business profitability.

    No, really. 😅😏

  52. Papachango

    It would be a shame if anything would happen to these arsehole’s business profitability.

    It was one of those hipster pizza places that put virtually nothing on the pizzas and charge a fortune for them so they’re probably doing OK.

    Having said all that, I can’t stand cheap nasty pizzas full of shit ingredients like Domino’s… give me a good, minimalist thin crust Naopoli style basic margarita (or maybe a bit of prosciutto and fior de latte). But this wanker place would have made even the most purist Italians ask for more toppings…

    Anyway they were in a bit of a quandary as they asked Facebook for advice on what to do…

  53. 2dogs

    There is a good argument to make that the geographical Riverina portions of NSW, Vic and SA should form a separate State.

    The MDB forming its own state would end a lot of the stupidity we currently have regrading irrigation.

  54. Lee

    Unbelievable level of support for Dictator Dan by the usual inane trolls on the Bolt blog.
    Invariably the old “look over there at what Trump/Morrison is doing” non-defence is trotted out.
    Of course they don’t even try to explain how come Victoria is faring a lot worse than every other state and territory.

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