The stupidest political leader in the world

Daniel Andrews will be remembered a century from now having set the standard for incompetence and stupidity in office that will never be exceeded.

Melbourne coronavirus live coverage: Seven new cases, major easings of restrictions delayed.

Premier Daniel Andrews has put a “cautious pause” on any major changes to Melbourne’s restrictions. The city’s 14-day rolling average has dipped below five after seven new cases of coronavirus were recorded overnight. But it was good news for regional Victoria, where more restrictions were rolled back.

Seven new cases (not deaths but cases) in a population of 6.5 million. That man is a dunce with no idea of proportion or sense. Now there’s this as well.

Former health minister Jenny Mikakos criticises Dan Andrews for not opening up.

Former health minister Jenny Mikakos has accused Daniel Andrews of having “paralysis in decision-making” after the Premier refused to open up the state.

Andrews has never said a single intelligent thing in all the times I have listened in. The paralysis is based on his low intellect which has been visible from the start, evident from his never having any idea what to do (other than to build unaffordable train crossings).

Jenny, why don’t you take over? There must be others who think the same.

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90 Responses to The stupidest political leader in the world

  1. stackja

    A majority of Victorian voters elected crappy Dan.
    What else were they expecting?

  2. Bronson

    Stackja not once but twice, wonder if any of them regret that decision now? Nah their victorians they love being kicked.

  3. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    And they will probably elect this useless labor mob again next time around

  4. FelixKruell

    Jenny take over?? She’s shown herself incapable of leading.

  5. mem

    Id say there is now a majority of Victorians including many members of the Labor Party that would like to see Andrews out of a job. Jenny Mikakos would seem to have some principles and would at least have a chance of Victorians trusting her. I’d back Jenny over Andrews any day.

  6. Old Lefty

    My sources in Melbourne say that Jenny seemed out of her depth as minister. But she would probably still be a distinct improvement on Andrews.

  7. OldOzzie

    Former health minister Jenny Mikakos criticises Dan Andrews for not opening up

    James Law, NCA NewsWire
    October 25, 2020 11:51am
    Subscriber only

    Former health minister Jenny Mikakos has ripped into the Victorian government for not lifting coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne on Sunday, saying “any delay is unnecessary”.

    The state met the target of a rolling 14-day average below five on Sunday, with only seven new cases recorded.

    However, Premier Daniel Andrews refused to lift restrictions as expected because health authorities were still waiting for a high number of test results related to the outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

    “Vic has met the under 5 threshold which some thought was unachievable,” Ms Mikakos wrote on Twitter.

    “This was a very cautious target. 6/7 of new cases are related to a known outbreak so the risk is manageable.

    “The set reopening is gradual & safe so any delay is unnecessary. It’s paralysis in decision-making.”

    Mr Andrews refused to be drawn on Ms Mikakos’s spray on Sunday morning.

    “I have nothing to say about those comments,” he said.

    Chief health officer Brett Sutton said Ms Mikakos was “entitled to that opinion”.

    “We’re just asking for 24 hours, 48 hours (for) significant numbers of tests come back when we know that there are 11 households and still some clusters within the broader outbreak where the linkage between the households is not known,” Mr Sutton said.

    Ms Mikakos quit as health minister last month after Mr Andrews told the hotel quarantine inquiry she was “primarily responsible” for the bungled scheme, which caused the state’s second wave of COVID-19.

    In a statement at the time, Ms Mikakos said she strongly disagreed with elements of Mr Andrews’ evidence to the inquiry and she could not continue to serve in his cabinet.

  8. mundi

    All the communists need to do is make sure 6-7 people get the COVID every week, then we can have a permanent State of Dan-istan.

    Morrison needs to grow a back bone and instead of paying the jobkeeper/jobseeker bonus – divvy the money up between the states.

    Let Andrews be responabile for the unemployment and complete melt down of the state he runs.

  9. OldOzzie

    Premier Daniel Andrews needs to ditch the ring of steel and 25km limit

    Sophie Elsworth, News Corp Australia Network
    October 25, 2020 6:00am
    Subscriber only

    Premier, enough with the power trips.

    It’s time for the ring of steel to come down and with that, ditch the absurd 25km rule too.

    After months of keeping millions of Victorians locked up in their homes, Premier Daniel Andrews, the master of micromanaging, needs to stop messing with Victorians’ lives.

    Dividing this great state up has gone well beyond a joke.

    With about 100 active COVID-19 cases in Victoria there’s no good reason to leave Melbourne locked up and five million naughty Melburnians segregated from the rest of the state.

    And let’s face it, there’s zero “data and science” behind many of these decisions made by this fumbling state government.

    I’m confident the Premier’s supercomputer doesn’t spit out critical information that says, “split this state up, keep the city slickers well away from the country folk and make their lives as miserable as possible”.

    In the past week, Dictator Dan has said the hard border dividing Melbourne from the rest of the state could be removed some time in November.

    But when it comes to the Premier and his timelines, I’m sceptical.

    I’ve written off seeing my parents, my brother and his family for the rest of the year at their homes in central Victoria because if I have low expectations, I won’t be left disappointed.

    The 25km rule is again proof that the Premier and his sidekick, the under siege Chief Health Officer Prof Brett “who knows” Sutton, just make this stuff as they go along.

    I want to see the robust evidence that says Victorians are more likely to catch COVID-19 if they are further than 25km from their residence.

    The state government’s disastrous announcement earlier in the week by Jobs Minister Martin Pakula to allow hundreds of horse owners to attend the Cox Plate was living proof how out-of-touch the Labor government and its crisis cabinet really is.

    How could this decision pass the pub test in the first instance when there are strict limits on funerals and religious gatherings across the state?

    Within hours of the announcement, Pakula did a backflip.

    As the Premier keeps saying, the decisions he and his government make aren’t about being popular.

    Funny that because the outrage from this Cox Plate decision was what prompted the backflip, not health reasons.

    It seems to me the Premier and his ministers are making this stuff as they go along and dragging more than six million Victorians along for the torturous ride.

    A celebration for many will be when this great state opens back up again, freedoms are returned and Dan’s depressing daily pressers come to an end.

  10. Joanna Smythe

    Daniel Andrews is not stupid. How can he be stupid when he is in total control of everyone that is going on in Victoria. It’s the rest of the 23+ million people in Australia who moan, whinge and put up with it and Scott Morrison is in charge of the most inept, gutless Government for allowing this to happen. He was elected to look after the interests and well-being of all Australians. He is a failure.

  11. Beachcomber

    All the communists need to do is make sure 6-7 people get the COVID every week, then we can have a permanent State of Dan-istan.

    Yes, we should resist the media propaganda and stop calling these meaningless positive test results “cases”. They are not cases of infection or disease. Almost all of them are totally asymptomatic and and they are not “cases” of illness. They have nothing to do with controlling a disease or managing public health. It is all political.

  12. Joanna Smythe

    Daniel Andrews is not stupid. How can he be stupid when he is in total control of everyone and everything that is going on in Victoria. It’s the rest of the 23+ million people in Australia who moan, whinge and put up with it and Scott Morrison is in charge of the most inept, gutless Government for allowing this to happen. He was elected to look after the interests and well-being of all Australians. He is a failure.

  13. Beachcomber

    Andrews is not stupid.

    He is a loathsome creature but he has rat political cunning, and supported by his Ministry of Truth media, he is winning.

  14. H B Bear

    Andrews is not stupid.

    No. He is dangerous. On several levels.

  15. Megan

    Andrews is a prime example of a total failure of leadership. He simply cannot think quickly or expansively enough to manage complexity or uncertainty, an essential quality in a leader. He and his minions think that if they control each and every component of the situation we are in, they will prevail. They fail to understand that they are dealing with a much bigger, more complicated system which requires them to identify the subtleties, complexities and connections between its component parts.
    He cannot get his head and what passes for a brain around it, he doesn’t even know that this is the case and it’s apparent he cannot be explained to him.
    Politicians, government ministers and senior bureaucrats of this Titanic of a government are all convinced the ship cannot sink. They have put their fellow travellers, public servants, union mates and big business into the available lifeboats and are keeping the third class, small business and other unimportant (to them) passengers below decks, pretty much at the point of a VicPlod gun. They will not be persuaded of the greater disaster they are presiding over so busily and will not comprehend their terminal idiocy until the icy water is well over their stupid heads.

  16. Wouldn’t it be great if some big retailers like Bunnings could get together and say “we are opening up all our stores to the public as of tomorrow.” What would Dan do about it? I think he would freeze then blink.

  17. Lee

    My sources in Melbourne say that Jenny seemed out of her depth as minister. But she would probably still be a distinct improvement on Andrews.

    Andrews sets a very low bar for comparisons.

  18. BoyfromTottenham

    When in doubt, check the data:
    Victoria’s DHHS COVID-19 stats, as of yesterday
    98 active cases
    8 in hospital
    none in intensive care
    Andrews: ‘PANIC!’

  19. min

    Well these are the same people who believe that they can control the temperature in the world so of course they think they can stop the virus . Just like they have stopped the common cold and flu.
    Dan Andrews needs to keep control so that parliament is kept closed down, do the daily dose of propaganda to brainwash local inhabitants and continue to reinforce the fear and just maybe he thinks he can control outcome of the inquiry. Peta Credlin has more time to dig up the dirt and no matter how all the media that support Andrews tries to hide it the whole sordid corrupt mess will seep out ,just as it is in the States with the Biden tapes .

  20. Arky

    Well these are the same people who believe that they can control the temperature in the world

    ..
    Bingo.

  21. Gerry

    The greatest peril for Victoria is that, when the next uptick arrives, the same killer who bragged about being ‘responsible and accountable’ for 700 deaths, will still be in the hangman’s job

  22. Arky

    I reckon in a Venn diagram of people who believe the renewables fairy tale and those who believe in these current shutdowns would be a single set.

  23. Nighthawk the Elder

    The majority of labor seats are in the city. The regions are largely labor free, with the exception of the northern corridor from Melbourne. You know, this same corridor that has been the site of a couple of recent outbreaks.

    This map shows the electoral makeup. And not surprisingly, it also aligns with where the worst outbreaks have been over the last few months. These are Dan’s people and they are no longer happy.

  24. Beachcomber

    Even the Italians are showing more resistance to medical despotism than are the the docile indoctrinated drones of Australia.

    Southern Italy Declares Lockdown, Curfew. People Pour Out in Protest, Clash With Police, Instead


    From the comments:

    THIS is how it’s done. Unless this happens everywhere, we will never defeat this global medical dictatorship.

  25. OldOzzie

    Mark from Melbourne
    #3632443, posted on October 25, 2020 at 2:45 pm
    My MP is Andrews. I’ve sent over a dozen emails to him and his office. Not even an acknowledgement let alone a reply. Good luck.

    Look, I know it is probably futile, but as I’ve said, I’m at a loss for Plan B at this point. Anyone with a better idea is welcome to posit it. But deluging ALP members with emails advocating the fact the Dan is a complete [insert rude word here] seems to me the best way we have right now.

    If it weren’t for 4 elderly parents (and PiL) here in Melbourne, SWMBO and I would be out of here (assuming we could do so) tomorrow. Permanently. Even if it had to mean putting down the elderly dawg, who wouldn’t survive a trip to Vanuatu, and selling the digs at breakeven.

    OldOzzie
    #3632468, posted on October 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Mark from Melbourne

    As I have said before there is no Plan B

    Victoria has reached the point where over 50% of the Population live on the Public Teat

    Vic Federal MP’s and their Staff, Vic State MP’s and their Staff, Local Govt, Public Servants, Police, Health, Firies imncl CFA, Welfare Recipients, Arts Community, Vic ABC Staff, Vic SBS Staff, Multicultural Community Groups etc

    A hell of a lot of them are on permanent paid holidays during lockdown and have no desire for it to end.

    They will all vote Vic Labor/Greens back in at the next election

    Victoria is Stuffed.

    I have a Daughter, Son-in-Law and 3 Grandkids in Melbourne in the Private Sector and my advice to them is Sell up and leave Victoria, there is no future in Victoria.

    Mark from Melbourne
    #3632473, posted on October 25, 2020 at 3:07 pm
    Sell up and leave Victoria, there is no future in Victoria.

    Right sentiment, wrong location. There is no future in Australia. Victorianstan is just the current meanest example.

    Any country that can allow this shit to go down in one of its regions (which are pretty much funded by said country) is irredeemably fucked. It is only a matter of time.

    Mark from Melbourne

    Yes I agree with you – Palachook will get back in QLD just like Arden in NZ – only hope is President Trump gets back in America.

    ScoMo is TurdBull Lite and Photios Liberals Green Wet Blankets have JellyFish Spines

    Makka
    #3632478, posted on October 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm
    Vic Federal MP’s and their Staff, Vic State MP’s and their Staff, Local Govt, Public Servants, Police, Health, Firies imncl CFA, Welfare Recipients, Arts Community, Vic ABC Staff, Vic SBS Staff, Multicultural Community Groups etc

    …. Education Dept, multitude of Health associated organisations and enterprises, State utilities and licensing entities, unions and construction companies under Govt contracts – list goes on and on. All attached to the Govt’s teat. It’s sick.

  26. John A

    How about Jenny M (former Health Minister) and Lisa N (former Emergency Services Minister) as a “New Labor(sic) Ticket”?

    They each have stood up to the Premier on serious issues. They each have more G&D than the present team put together.

  27. Mique

    Joanna Smythe – what exactly, or even approximately, do you believe Morrison and the Commonwealth Government should do about the situation in Victoria? Can you point us to the Section of the Australian Constitution that grants him and the Commonwealth Government the power to do what you believe he should have done, or to intervene at all?

    You are presumably unaware that Morrison offered 850 ADF personnel to the Victorian Government to help VICPOL guard the hotel quarantine system but that Daniel Andrews (or someone acting on his behalf, and almost certainly at his direction) refused that offer, and VICPOL effectively refused to do the job. Instead, as Peta Credlin has proved, they appointed an unvetted private security company with direct connections to the ALP without a tender process and paid them $30 million .

    Morrison’s by far the one with the least power to fix Victoria’s or any other state’s COVID-19 problems. But he’s certainly smart enough to understand that there is nothing Andrews and the other Premiers would like better than to dump all their well-deserved political odium onto him, which they would do the instant he intervened.

    Reserve your contempt for Andrews and the Victorian electorate. He deserves it, as do they for their blind political stupidity for electing him and for showing every sign of being willing to do so again.

  28. John A

    BoyfromTottenham #3632487, posted on October 25, 2020, at 3:14 pm

    When in doubt, check the data:
    Victoria’s DHHS COVID-19 stats, as of yesterday
    98 active cases
    8 in hospital
    none in intensive care
    Andrews: ‘PANIC!’

    BfT, that’s actually:
    – 98 positive results from the PCR test
    – 8 cases (being those in hospital receiving medical care)
    – 0 in ICU

  29. Struth

    Stupid is thinking evil is stupid.

  30. Anonandon

    Arky

    I reckon in a Venn diagram of people who believe the renewables fairy tale and those who believe in these current shutdowns would be a single set.

    +1000

    The coronavirus is absolutely divided on political lines. The socialists love to control and their followers love being told what to do.

  31. Albatross

    Bronson
    #3632400, posted on October 25, 2020 at 2:23 pm
    Stackja not once but twice, wonder if any of them regret that decision now? Nah their victorians they love being kicked.

    Yeah. Like the Victorian blog-owner fathead.

  32. H B Bear

    Victoriastan is never coming out of lockdown while Chairman Dan is around. It is his lifeline.

  33. Shy Ted

    The virulent 8 will have gone to hospital with some other complaint, had their temp taken and swabbed and be in hospital for other conditions or precautionary measures. They won’t be in hospital because of Covid.

  34. Albatross

    H B Bear
    #3632543, posted on October 25, 2020 at 3:57 pm
    Victoriastan is never coming out of lockdown while Chairman Dan is around. It is his lifeline.

    I think this is about right. Labor will let him eat the pain and roll him after this is done. I think he knows he’s cactus as soon as restrictions are eased.

  35. Some History

    Hilarious, excellent summary of the Hunchback and his team:

    https://imgur.com/HxpKP4U

  36. Joanna Smythe

    Mique, I’ve just read in the Australian that Scott Morrison and co have just told Andrews, enough is enough and to get on with his recovery plan. That is a start, that is what he should be doing and if Andrews doesn’t change his tactics, Scott Morrison as the Prime Minister should make his rhetoric even stronger. I am sure all those locked up in Victoria would appreciate it.

  37. The Sheriff

    ScoMo should remember that the majority of state funding is based on Commonwealth-state funding agreements. He should simply decree that all funding is suspended until Andrews backs down.

  38. Entropy

    I actually don’t want Morrison to intervene. We have enough abuse of the federation and centralisation of power in Canberra as it is. Just because there is a problem in one state does not justify further dismantling of the federation.

    I suspect it would require legislation that would be a permanent change to arrangements.

    Just be careful what you wish for. The cure can be worse than the disease, as we are seeing. Actions in government set precedents. For good or ill and I believe Morrison intervening in the long run will be ill.

  39. OldOzzie

    Unions back Andrews’ ‘cautious pause’

    Victoria’s union movement labelled Daniel Andrews’ “cautious pause” on the easing of coronavirus restrictions “tough but critical”, saying the state must do everything in its power to prevent a third wave.

    “Victorians want to get back to work, and they want to get back to work safely.

    Today’s announcement is tough, but it is critical that when workers return to work they are confident that they and their families are not being put at risk,” Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari said.

    “The workers that have been on the front line of the pandemic since March are relying on us to get this right, and not put at risk all that we’ve worked so hard for.”

  40. nb

    ‘Daniel Andrews will be remembered a century from now’ by the communist authors of our history as a genius near equal to the great Lenin, as he paved the way for China’s takeover of Australia.

  41. OldOzzie

    nb
    #3632687, posted on October 25, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    ‘Daniel Andrews will be remembered a century from now’ by the communist authors of our history as a genius near equal to the great Lenin, as he paved the way for China’s takeover of Australia.

    Correct

    He will use China Belt and Road Initiative to sell out Victorians and Australia to China – A perfect Labor/Greens Stooge for China

  42. Lee

    Today’s announcement is tough, but it is critical that when workers return to work they are confident that they and their families are not being put at risk,” Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari said.

    “The workers that have been on the front line of the pandemic since March are relying on us to get this right, and not put at risk all that we’ve worked so hard for.”

    Given that the Victorian Trades Hall Council (and unions generally) are so far in bed with Labor that it’s not funny, their siding with the government is predictable, and thus their opinion is worthless.

  43. Boxcar

    He cranked this up back in April to bury his deal to pick up the waste bill on his roads, and has no plans to face scrutiny anywhere or anytime.
    He increasingly seems to be motivated by revenge, to the extent that I would bet we are still closed at Xmas.
    The fear of hell has underpinned religion for millenia, and, at last, the state has an alternative, and the lord can make unbelievers feel his wrath.

  44. OldOzzie

    Victoria is a shambles and will not get better until Andrews is ejected

    Piers Akerman, The Sunday Telegraph
    October 24, 2020 7:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Victorian Premier Daniel And­rews’ claim that his brutal lockdown of Melbourne is based on health advice is nonsense.

    His rapid backdown over opening up yesterday’s Cox Plate to 500 punters and connections proved beyond all doubt that politics, not best practice, is driving his mania to punish Victorians under the guise of health security.

    Those Victorians who fatuously bleat their support for their Premier from the anonymity of a hashtag #standwithdan expose nothing ­beyond their ignorant bias.

    The current death toll in their ­beleaguered state due to the coronavirus is close to 820, almost all attributable to the lethal failure of Andrews’ government’s Mickey Mouse hotel quarantine program.

    How many of those who #stand withdan would be as happy to #stand withairtraffic if an air traffic controller was responsible for causing a collision between two Boeing 747-400s and killing about the same number of people?

    For more than 100 days now, the evidence of a totally flawed government, a compromised bureaucracy and a completely discredited code of governance has been on display.

    The abysmal performance of the Victorian inquiry into the state’s lethal hotel quarantine scheme heard by a board of one, Jennifer Coate, highlights the pressing need for an inquiry into the conduct of Victorian government inquiries.

    It has been lacklustre at best.

    After a series of appointments as Victorian coroner and magistrate and president of the Children’s Court, Coate was elevated to the Family Court in January, 2013, in one of the last acts of federal Labor Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and was immediately released to serve on the Royal Commission into Child [email protected] Abuse, where her performance as one of six commissioners went almost unnoticed.

    Had not my friend and Sunday Telegraph colleague Peta Credlin not pressed Andrews for the release of phone records which shed light on contacts between state and federal bureaucrats on the very day the use of the ADF and private security guards was agreed to by the laughable national cabinet, there is nothing to suggest that the Coate Inquiry would have gone ­beyond its nonsensical view that something called “shared responsibility” ­absolved individual ministers and the Premier from blame for the failure.

    Now, armed with the records, but not the content of the calls, Andrews and former health minister Jenny ­Mikakos (who has already flagged concerns with Andrews’ previous evidence) need to be recalled.

    So too do the former Premier’s ­Department head Chris Eccles, who speedily exited when it was shown he’d fortuitously forgotten the crucial phone call that forced him to fall on his sword.

    Former police commissioner Graham Ashton needs to be brought back, as does Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp, who ­initially claimed he regularly briefed his police minister Lisa Neville — until she said in evidence that he didn’t during the critical time ­period, causing him to disremember his earlier recall and recant.

    The #standwithdans can’t be too dumb to contemplate the bizarre ­attempt by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton to instruct his department to withhold emails from the inquiry which showed he had been made aware of the plan to use private security at the quarantine hotels as early as March after he had repeatedly claimed that he didn’t know in May.

    Why hasn’t Andrews’ chief of staff Lissie Ratcliff been called to give ­evidence and provide her phone records, and who actually signed the contract for the duds?

    The Victorian health department continues to fail in its mission with contact tracing and the closure of schools because it had separate case managers for every member of a large family and, in the chaos that ensued, the crossed-lines of communication ensured that a Year 5 student from the family attended East Preston [email protected] College for two days in the belief that he had been cleared.

    Compare the manner in which the NSW ICAC has been putting politicians through the wringer and ask yourself whether Victorians are getting either the truth or their money’s worth.

    Until the Andrews government goes, all Victorian inquiries will be considered suspect, no matter how well credentialed they may be.

    Coronavirus fragments and the last traces of integrity and transparency have been flushed into the sewers of Melbourne.

  45. sfw

    The reason Labor keeps getting elected is that there is no opposition in Vic, none at all. The Libs are a sopping wet group of lefties who silently agree with most Labor policies. When the Ballieu/ Napthine gov got in they did nothing, nothing at all. They continued to fund their enemies, enacted green policies and like Abbott shit in the faces of their base. Ballieu even wanted to stop the dredging of the bay, just a bunch of seat warming soft lefties looking for an easy life and a great pension, a pox on them. The only Lib making any running at the moment is Tim Smith and even he soft pedals on Labor at times. Vic will never see another conservative gov in my lifetime without drastic changes.

  46. David Brewer

    Seven new cases (not deaths but cases) in a population of 6.5 million. That man is a dunce with no idea of proportion or sense.

    I reckon in a Venn diagram of people who believe the renewables fairy tale and those who believe in these current shutdowns would be a single set.

    Yes. I wonder what Dan scored in maths and geometry at school?

    This “crisis” has brought out his defects in spades. Lack of a sense of proportion. Monomania. Megalomania. Encouraging a personality cult. Ignorance, and ignorance of his ignorance. Planning without understanding.

    The horrifying part is that the State has hardly ever been so united as it has been following him down the road to destruction. The Pied Piper of Melbourne.

  47. Must be part of some sort of employment plan. Seperate case managers for same family members is nuts to say the least.

    “Victorian health department continues to fail in its mission with contact tracing and the closure of schools because it had separate case managers for every member of a large family and, in the chaos that ensued, the crossed-lines of communication ensured that a Year 5 student from the family attended East Preston [email protected] College for two days in the belief that he had been cleared”.

  48. Rafiki

    It is possible, perhaps even probable, that the Commonwealth government (and no need to get Parliamentary approval) could enter into a treaty with maybe only one other nation which would oblige the CTH to take measures (widely defined) to deal with the virus. The external affairs power in s 51 of the Constitution is the source. Such laws would override State laws, as in the Tasmanian Dams case.

  49. Rafiki

    Should not any number of new cases be multiplied (I have read more than once by 7) to arrive at a better estimate?

  50. Tim Neilson

    ScoMo should remember that the majority of state funding is based on Commonwealth-state funding agreements. He should simply decree that all funding is suspended until Andrews backs down.

    There’s nothing that Maximum Leader would like better.
    He’d throw everything open straight away. If there weren’t any more outbreaks then he’d just keep very quiet till close to the election, then if the subject came up at all he’d claim that the reason for no outbreaks was the success of his lockdown. If anyone was impolite enough to point out that he’d been forced to open up he’d just claim that he had been planning to open up very soon anyway because his lockdown had been so successful.
    But if there were any more outbreaks ScoMo would have to take all the blame.
    It would be the best decision in a policy sense. But it’s politically fraught for ScoMo so he won’t do it.

  51. Karabar

    “Daniel Andrews will be remembered a century from now having set the standard for incompetence and stupidity in office that will never be exceeded.”

    If this information from teh Great White North is accurate, there won’t be any “remembering” in a hundred years.
    https://youtu.be/lKCTkLJbtT4

  52. John snowy Bowyer

    Rafiki what do you mean “CTH”? In fact what are you babbling on about in this post? I hate you lazy idiots who use some obscure abbreviation of your own rather than just typing what you actually mean.
    If it is too much trouble for you why not just shut your collective holes?

  53. Robber Baron

    Andrews will take longer to release the prisoners than it took him to earn his shitty BA.

  54. Crossie

    Andrews has never said a single intelligent thing in all the times I have listened in.

    He’s clever enough to have all opposition to him within his own party. And with a few exceptions he is the media’s darling.

  55. Crossie

    Morrison needs to grow a back bone and instead of paying the jobkeeper/jobseeker bonus – divvy the money up between the states.

    Let Andrews be responabile for the unemployment and complete melt down of the state he runs.

    Any action from ScoMo would be an improvement and would eventually help Victorians, just leaving them to Dan’s mercies is cruel. I don’t know how ScoMo can justify abandoning so many Australians to a dictator.

  56. Mustapha Bunn

    Crossie, Andrews is the media’s darling cause the majority of the media follows a left line of thinking for some reason. I note that Turnbull has now joined Krudd in banging on about News Corp. So much for the “liberal” party who made him PM. and there are some on this site continually rabbiting on about thick Victorians voting for Labour again and again.

  57. Chris M

    We are told Dan is popular in Victoria so apparently the majority of people there are OK with this approach.

    Might be time to leave Steve, you are surrounded by nutcases. Of course the polls could be doctored – hard to say which is more credible A) Media fabricated polls or B) people that voted for a Communist leader are OK with Communism.

  58. Turtle

    Replacing a failed male leader with a woman is a favourite Labor tactic. They hide behind her and accuse their critics of misogyny.

  59. Howard Hill

    The only way that POS should be remembered is the same way Nicolae Ceaușescu is remembered. By the number of holes in his body after being put against a wall!

  60. Turtles

    I had hope when a few thousand took the streets, but alas most from Melbourne want to slink around in their masks and post protest comments … You gutless sheep can end this tomorrow but you need some new heroes …

  61. Albatross

    Turtles
    #3633007, posted on October 25, 2020 at 9:35 pm
    I had hope when a few thousand took the streets, but alas most from Melbourne want to slink around in their masks and post protest comments … You gutless sheep can end this tomorrow but you need some new heroes …

    Come here and show us how it’s done big-shot.

  62. Iain Russell

    Andrews is a low-brow thick-o. Victoria, you elected this moron and still support him. Thick-os all!! Numb nuts and thick-os. Brain dead.

  63. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Replacing a failed male leader with a woman is a favourite Labor tactic. They hide behind her and accuse their critics of misogyny.

    Western Australia, for example.

  64. W Hogg

    This Mikakos must be one of those far right white supremacist Murdoch minions we keep hearing about who want to kill everyone by opening up.

  65. Crossie

    Of course the polls could be doctored – hard to say which is more credible A) Media fabricated polls or B) people that voted for a Communist leader are OK with Communism.

    True, just look at the rubbish about Trump’s chances compared to the dementia afflicted Biden. It has been widely shown that polls are published to create opinion not to show it.

  66. Crossie

    Turtle
    #3632951, posted on October 25, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    Replacing a failed male leader with a woman is a favourite Labor tactic. They hide behind her and accuse their critics of misogyny.

    So Victorian Labor party is admitting they have a Dan problem and are close to resolving it in their time honoured fashion.

  67. Clam Chowdah

    John snowy Bowyer: CTH is a standard abbreviation for commonwealth. Calm down, son.

  68. HT

    Clam Chowdah
    #3633176, posted on October 26, 2020 at 6:10 am
    John snowy Bowyer: CTH is a standard abbreviation for commonwealth. Calm down, son.

    I had no idea what is was either…
    CMLTH is the recognised abbreviation in the Australian Style Guide. In 40 years service I never saw CTH, not once. And I worked in and around Defence where TLA’s and FLA’s are mandatory. Heck, we had competitions to create entire, logical paragraphs with nothing but TLA’s and FLA’s using real words only conjunctions. CTH is probably a new abbreviation created for Twits on Twitter scared of burning thier character quota.

  69. JohnA

    HT, Cth is a common abbrev in legal references to legislation. See Austlii for examples.

  70. OldOzzie

    Andrews’ state of paralysis losing 1200 jobs a day

    Simon Benson National Affairs Editor – Rosie Lewis Reporter – Rachel Baxendale Victorian Political Reporter

    Melbourne’s lengthy coronavirus lockdown is costing Australian taxpayers $200m a day in direct economic support, with new analysis showing 1200 jobs are being lost daily.

    The dire economic figures come a day after Daniel Andrews put a “cautious pause” on plans to ease restrictions, despite repeatedly suggesting a decision on reopening shops and restaurants would be announced on Sunday.

    That led Scott Morrison to ­accuse the Victorian Premier of lacking confidence in his state’s public health system and said the decision not to proceed was a “profound dis­appointment”, while the Business Council said Melburnians were “at a financial and mental breaking point”.

    Business groups also criticised the pause, having anticipated Mr Andrews would announce that the reopening of retail and hospitality would be brought forward, saying the continued lockdown was ­“inexplicable” and a “betrayal”.

    Treasury data obtained by The Australian shows total commonwealth direct fiscal support for Victoria was on track to reach $75bn — a third of the national total — with daily economic support through JobKeeper, JobSeeker and household payments now reaching $200m. Victoria’s lost economic output for the September quarter had also reached more than $100m a day, it showed.

    Separate Australian Bureau of Statistics analysis also shows the average number of daily jobs lost over August and September in Victoria was 1200, representing 52 per cent of total national job losses since March.

    Josh Frydenberg said the dire economic situation meant it was “time businesses be allowed to re-open in a COVID-safe way and people (be) allowed to get back to work”. “The hardship and cost caused by this extended lockdown is immense,” the Treasurer told The Australian.

    Mr Andrews had flagged as late as Friday that the government was “very well placed to make significant announcements on Sunday”, which he suggested would include allowing shops and restaurants to reopen this week — earlier than the November 1 date previously expected.

    “We are not in a position to do that today because we have at least 1000 test results from that northern metropolitan outbreak that are in the labs,” he said on Sunday.

    “This is not anything other than a cautious pause, to wait to get that important information.”

    Former Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos criticised the pause as “unnecessary”, accusing the government of ­“paralysis in decision-making”.

    There were seven new COVID-19 cases in Victoria on Sunday, six linked to an outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

    Health authorities later on Sunday said 1135 tests linked to that outbreak had returned negative. Another 1400 swabs taken on Sunday were still being processed.

    In a statement with Health Minister Greg Hunt, the Prime Minister and Mr Frydenberg said Mr Andrews’s decision to keep businesses closed “suggests there is still not sufficient confidence within the government that their systems can support reopening”.

    “At some point, you have to move forward and put your public health systems to work in a bid to reclaim the jobs that have been lost, and rescue the livelihoods and peace of mind of so many Victorians who have been affected by the inability to contain the outbreak,” they said. “Victoria’s public health systems are either up to the task of dealing with future outbreaks or they are not.”

    Under Victoria’s original lockdown roadmap, Melbourne would reopen once there were fewer than five daily cases as an average across a fortnight — that figure is now 4.6.

    However, there were nine cases not linked to other outbreaks, higher than the threshold of five mystery infections in a fortnight under the original roadmap.

    The uncertainty over Melbourne’s lockdown led Victoria Racing Club to announce there would be no spectators at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup and other major races that week, including Derby Day.

    Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said it was “just inexplicable that a state with comparable or lower case numbers than NSW cannot … implement that state’s tools and technologies to contain local outbreaks and effectively manage contact tracing and tracking”.

    “A pattern of delays, maybes and apologies doesn’t excuse Victoria’s failure to manage local outbreaks. “It is taking too long and too much is being lost,” Ms Westacott said.

    “Victorians cannot hang on week-to-week.

    “People are at a ­financial and mental breaking point.”

    Restaurant and Catering Australia chief Wes Lambert was also critical, labelling the pause a “betrayal” that showed the government “do not trust their own contract tracers and they do not trust the Victorian people”.

    There will be some restrictions eased in regional Victoria, including in Shepparton, which had been held back from the same rules as other areas because of an earlier outbreak.

    Mr Andrews said Melbourne was still on track to be able to ease restrictions on hospitality and ­retail by November 1.

    However, he had spent last week repeatedly suggesting a reopening would come sooner, on Tuesday telling reporters he was hopeful he could confirm on Sunday that retail, pubs, restaurants and cafes could have a “dark opening” in “the first one or two days of next week”.

    A COVID-19 cluster of 36 cases across six households has delayed any announcement for at least one day.

    Jeroen Weimar, the Victorian official heading testing and community engagement, said 2500 swabs processed on Sunday had confirmed three cases at the East Preston [email protected] School, with two other linked to the college.

    Mr Weimar said more than 13,000 people had been tested in the northern suburban local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland and Nillumbik since October 20.

    “This testing enables us to get a very clear picture of how many cases there are and ensure there is a plan in place for everyone who tests positive along with the close contacts,” Mr Weimar said.

    Paul Zahra, chief executive of the Australian Retailers Association, said staff should be immediately allowed access to their “dark” stores to begin Christmas preparations while Victoria waited on the test results.

    “We can no longer say there is no alternative (to lockdowns),” he said. “We must start taking care of both lives and livelihoods or the broader health and business consequences will be catastrophic.”

    Deakin University epidemi­ologist Catherine Bennett said she was “disappointed” a decision about restrictions was yet to be made, saying it indicated authorities believed “we aren’t quite in a position yet to battle local outbreaks”.

    “In-home gatherings may have to wait for a bit longer if there are concerns of wider ‘invisible’ spread, but hopefully the test results will come in and we can proceed with this safe, steady opening,” Professor Bennett said.

  71. Maman

    Daniel Andrews: God’s Gift to Rupert Murdoch.

    SkyNews 24th October 2020 – 795,000 Subscriptions.
    SkyNews 26th October 2020 – 809,000 Subscriptions.

    Ten days ago the subscriptions were in the high 600,ooos.

  72. flyingduk

    it is critical that when workers return to work they are confident that they and their families are not being put at risk,

    Ok, so no driving to work – nor buses nor trains (might crash), no driving at work (same reason), no walking to work (might fall over), no climbing stairs (might trip), no using lifts (cable might break) …. etc etc etc

  73. Karabar

    Does anyone remember Gracie Fields “The Biggest Aspidistra in the World”?
    There shoudl be a song called “The Stupidiest Politician in the World”
    https://youtu.be/6XROMw3Z4e0

  74. Epicurious

    Chairman Dan should write, ok get someone else to write it for him, on how he ‘climbed’ to the peak of politics whilst being so dumb. It would be very instructive for the younger generation who have given up on ‘real’ education and prefer to be led by the nose like the poor donkeys they have become.

    God help Australia, God help the world. As G. Michael Hopf said
    “Hard times create strong men,
    Strong men create good times,
    Good times create weak men, and
    Weak men create hard times.”

    Obviously we are in stage 4, weak men trying to appear tough.

  75. This is still just the tip of the iceberg.

    Ending lockdown isn’t the end. There’s nothing to stop Andrews reintroducing lockdowns a week after ending them, or having repeated lockdowns for the foreseeable future.

    Democracy, good and hard.

  76. Mustapha Bunn

    Beer Whisperer…. yes and those three arse holes twice voted Dan the ways and means to carry on doing this at any time he chooses.

  77. rickw

    We need to be starting to talk about jail time for every fuckwit involved in this fiasco:

    Dan and Brett: Workplace manslaughter laws.

    Vikpol: Failure to follow relevant criminal codes (typically not identifying themselves as required by law), common assault, etc.

  78. Uber

    Hopefully now some of these Melbourne dwellers will be a little more empathetic towards other Australian workers, particularly coal miners, whom they are constantly trying to rob of their livelihoods. I’ve been in rooms in which hundreds of people have been told that they are out of work because of politicised planning decisions which are driven by city based progressives.

  79. Dinky

    Come here and show us how it’s done big-shot.

    Spot on Albatross. As I’ve pointed out before they are one government fuck up away from being in the exact same position as Victoria. Their premiers wouldn’t hesitate to do what Andrews has done and they wouldn’t walk the talk when it happens.

  80. Clam Chowdah

    I had no idea what is was either…
    CMLTH is the recognised abbreviation in the Australian Style Guide. In 40 years service I never saw CTH, not once. And I worked in and around Defence where TLA’s and FLA’s are mandatory. Heck, we had competitions to create entire, logical paragraphs with nothing but TLA’s and FLA’s using real words only conjunctions. CTH is probably a new abbreviation created for Twits on Twitter scared of burning thier character quota.

    Well it was CTH at the Attorney-General’s Department when I worked there but what would they know?

  81. egg_

    Veneztoria to be bailed out by the Chunks?

  82. H B Bear

    Veneztoria to be bailed out by the Chunks?

    It would be a change from the former federation of Australia.

  83. Simon Morgan

    I must say I’d be more inclined to take Mikakos seriously if she hadn’t been part and parcel of all this lockdown horse manure from the start.

  84. Rohan

    Daniel Andrews will be remembered a century from now having set the standard for incompetence and stupidity in office that will never be exceeded.

    Fuck, I hope not.

  85. HT

    Clam Chowdah

    Well it was CTH at the Attorney-General’s Department when I worked there but what would they know?

    Given what a CF the state of the justice, legal and law enforcement systems are in Australia I’d say, F all 😎

  86. OldOzzie

    Victorian Experiment finally gone too far?

    JAMES CAMPBELL, ANALYSIS, Herald Sun
    October 25, 2020 7:47pm
    Subscriber only

    Living in Victoria right now is like being stuck in a giant society-wide psychological experiment from the 1950s designed to find the breaking point of people’s obedience to authority.

    The sort of experiment that would get you drummed out of the profession today.

    It seems almost funny now but back in the distant past of February and March, democratic governments around the world hesitated about putting their societies into full lockdown because they were worried their publics wouldn’t accept them. It turns out the “social licence” granted to rulers at the time of public crisis was a lot greater than people had feared.

    And in years to come when policy makers look for real-world evidence of just how capricious and heavy-handed garbage a law-abiding society will put up with, you can be sure the Victorian Experiment is going to feature.

    For many, I suspect, Sunday was the day the actions and reasoning of Victoria’s Premier finally parted company with reality.

    To recap, last week we all tuned in to hear Daniel Andrews tell us he would definitely have some great news for us in two weeks’ time if everything went well. Hell, if things went really well he might be back in front of us in a week’s time to deliver that good news.

    The hints and winks that we were on track for something good on Sunday continued all week.

    But then on Saturday, this was suddenly thrown into reverse and when Sunday came, sorry, “no change”, you’ll just have to wait for another couple of days.

    How can this be when the government’s own road map said we could reopen if there were fewer than five cases on average and this is where we are at?

    The Premier’s answer was that “we have had a significant outbreak and we cannot properly understand all of the elements until these test results come back”.

    This sort of makes sense, I suppose. Better safe than sorry.

    But in actual fact, in this case to be safe is to be sorry.

    If we can’t unlock when there are seven new cases, six of which are attached to an existing outbreak, when are we going to be able to?

    And how can we have any faith that if we reach these numbers again, Andrews, on the advice of Sutton et al, won’t throw us back into lockdown?

    You can’t. Even Jenny Mikakos, who some of her colleagues regarded as bit of a panic merchant when she was health minister, reckons this is nuts, calling the delay “paralysis in decision-making,” tweeting “this was a very cautious target” and “the risk is manageable,” adding the “set reopening is gradual & safe so any delay is unnecessary”.

    The only explanation for the delay that makes sense is that despite the reassurances that things are all better now in contact-tracing world, the government still doesn’t trust its own ability to get on top of an outbreak.

    And that’s pretty scary when you remember that by world standards the current situation in Victoria barely counts as an outbreak at all.

    There are now roughly 53 cases in NSW, 100 in Victoria –—barely a difference.

    I don’t need to tell you the difference between the regimes that the two states are under, you could you see it for yourself if you caught a glimpse of the crowd at the NRL Grand Final on Sunday.

    It isn’t just the difference between where we are and where they are that is dispiriting from a Victorian point of view, it’s the difference between the reassurance NSW people can have that their government will act proportionately and Victoria where no one can know from day to day what Dan will do next.

  87. OldOzzie

    Box Hill Hospital worker spread virus in wards then through northern suburbs

    GRANT McARTHUR, Herald Sun
    October 26, 2020 9:16am
    Subscriber only

    Victoria’s health authorities have locked themselves into two different testing races through the city’s northern suburbs.

    Armed with the names and addresses of close contacts most likely to have caught COVID-19 from some of the 39 cases already identified, five public health teams are knocking on doors to undertake targeted coronavirus tests.

    At the same time they are pushing for about 3500 northern suburb residents a day to race to 15 testing sites for wider screening, backed by community leaders.

    After telling Premier Daniel Andrews the public health team needed “another day at least” to determine if outbreak was under control, testing commander Jeroen Weimar said only the results of the two testing programs would confirm whether lockdown could end.

    The outbreak has now been confirmed as having started when a patient in Box Hill Hospital’s COVID ward infected two staff members.

    One of them then worked while infectious on a different ward, and transmitted COVID to another staff member and a patient.

    The northern suburbs cluster, which centres on the East Preston [email protected] School and Croxton special school, has spread to 11 households.

    Two were added on Saturday during targeted doorknocking of 250 close contacts of the schools, prompting a “cautious pause” on easing restrictions.

    The testing also uncovered links to Regis aged care home in Macleod, where two staff tested positive after being identified as close contacts of an infected student.

    Department of Health and Human Services teams had another 60 households to visit on Sunday and, if they return further positive tests, a new round of targeted testing may follow.

    “Last week there were six households with 36 people in close contact. It was stable and had not spread out to other facilities or households,” Mr Weimar said.

    “What we have seen over the last four days has been significant links through to school settings.

    “In the past 24 hours they have identified three positive cases, all children from the schools and all within the close contacts circle.”

    Because all of those households are identified as contacts and the families have already been placed in isolation, fresh cases through their testing may not impact Melbourne’s re-opening.

    But Mr Mr Weimar warned the same may not be the case if mystery COVID-19 cases were identified through community testing in Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg.

    “The purpose of the wider community testing approach – the reason why we were asking people particularly associated with the schools or who is remotely symptomatic in the northern suburbs, to get tested – (is) we want to understand if there are any other index cases out there or any other links,” he said.

    Although the same testing approach had been able to ease concerns and open up Kilmore and Shepparton in a matter of days, Mr Weimar said the greater size and density of Melbourne’s northern suburbs meant it was a longer and more complex effort.

    To build a groundswell of support for the testing effort, East Preston [email protected] School and the Preston Mosque have dedicated 15 staff to directly contact families identified on the DHHS data set, driving a 60 per cent increase in testing over the recent days.

    Community leader and [email protected] Museum of Australia founder Moustafa Fahour said the community’s response had been overwhelming.

    “We all want to get this in control, we all want to be out of this lockdown,” Mr Fahour said.

    “Having that trusted voice as a point of contact…In the end, it doesn’t matter whether it is the northern suburbs or any other suburbs, I’m sure everyone else would be doing the same thing because we all want to go back to our normal lives.”

  88. OldOzzie

    Peta Credlin: Melburnians won’t forget Daniel Andrews caused lockdown hell

    Peta Credlin, Sunday Herald Sun
    October 26, 2020 12:06pm
    Subscriber only

    The fact that a new COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs put at risk Sunday’s expected relaxation of the virtual house arrest people have been under for months, tells you everything you need to know about how Victoria got into this mess in the first place despite the longest and toughest lockdowns in the world.

    Premier Daniel Andrews has had months to fix Victoria’s broken contact-tracing system that’s still run using spreadsheets, fax machines and bits of paper — and the fact it isn’t is why NSW and Queensland can cope with outbreaks and stay open, while Victoria’s response is more lockdowns.

    Not opening will be devastating for Melburnians, it will also damage the Premier’s cunning political plan to use easing of restrictions to trigger mass amnesia about how people got there in the first place.

    But people aren’t stupid. They understand the Premier’s decision to go it alone and use private security guards, instead of police and defence force personnel, caused the state’s second-wave outbreak — and they want answers as to how it happened and why.

    Just have a look at the rest of the country which is all but back to living some sort of COVID normal and you can see how devastating the Premier’s decisions back in March have been for Victorians – over 800 lives lost, businesses that are on their knees, statewide economic pain and countless more suffering serious mental-health effects from decisions that fail all tests of government competence, probity and procurement.

    The Premier’s plan was that gratitude at their release would trump the anger of Melbourne residents over their needless imprisonment.

    But if we want the best-possible government — and surely everyone does — it’s vital that the truth emerges about the escape of this deadly virus from the quarantine hotels where it should have been safely locked up.

    And that’s why it’s crucial that the Coate Inquiry doesn’t end up the whitewash that the Premier so clearly always intended it to be.

    It was only three weeks ago that the closing submission from counsel assisting the inquiry was running the line that no one was really to blame for Victoria’s decision to reject National Cabinet’s recommendation to set up hotel quarantine using police and the ADF.

    Instead, we were told, the use of some very shady private security contractors was just a “creeping assumption”; a fateful decision for Victoria to go it alone that had somehow emerged from nowhere and had been pushed by no one.

    Stop. Government doesn’t work like that, even in an emergency, and particularly when we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars; indeed, if you follow the money (and the individuals connected) that’s where you’ll find it just gets more and more interesting.

    The Inquiry should have recalled Jenny Mikakos when she resigned two days before the closing submissions, saying she “strongly disagreed” with the Premier’s sworn testimony.

    But it didn’t. And as that week progressed, and I found more and more witnesses who should have been called but were not, I came to the very sorry view that Coate was well on her way to writing up a report with very little relevance to what really happened to help cause the deaths of over 800 Victorians.

    That’s when I decided I had to go to the Premier’s 99th daily media conference and press him on questions that the inquiry had not asked.

    It wasn’t just about the infamous six minutes and the missing incoming call logs for former police chief Graham Ashton. As soon as I understood Ashton’s evidence only had his outgoing calls, I quickly realised he was the only witness with even partial phone records on the table.

    Where was the Premier, his office, departmental chiefs, ministers and countless others?

    Not only weren’t their phone records provided but for most they weren’t even sought. In the end it was only public pressure that forced the hand of the Coate Inquiry to do what it should have done months earlier; and once the phone records were released, the Premier’s top official, Secretary of Premier and Cabinet Chris Eccles resigned overnight.

    Other witnesses were not called: like David Millward, the owner of Unified Security which picked up a $30m contract for three months’ work in under six hours, despite not even being on the official list of approved security contractors.

    This was just the sort of red flag the Victorian government’s own procurement watchdog warned about when it wrote to all departments three days prior to this special deal and said “in usual times like this, it is important to acknowledge an increased risk of unscrupulous or ill-prepared suppliers”, and “please be vigilant about the use of suppliers, in particular new suppliers”.

    This independent watchdog, the Victorian Government Purchasing Board, hasn’t provided any evidence to the Coate Inquiry even though it sent letters throughout the year raising serious probity concerns with ministers and officials about use of private security contracts in hotel quarantine.

    It was particularly concerned that the Jobs Department was running these contracts, yet it was (and still is) the only major department that hadn’t set up an independent procurement unit by the deadline of January 2019.

    This matters because it is meant to ensure that mates and cronies don’t get taxpayer money; yet to date, Coate has not pursued these serious questions.

    When I asked the Premier about this at his press conference, he couldn’t tell me about the letters, he couldn’t tell me about the missing evidence from the VGPB or why they haven’t been called by Coate, nor could he explain why the Jobs Department was 18 months late meeting probity requirements yet

    There are even contracts granted, without a tender, connected to family members in the Premier’s own office, plus outfits like Unified that are operated by individuals who have twice before gone into administration owing creditors millions. And I promise you, this is all just the tip of the iceberg.

    Belatedly, last week, the inquiry held what it termed an “extraordinary” hearing where counsel assisting tabled further emails from Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton which suggested not only that his testimony had been incomplete and misleading but that he’d even instructed his lawyers (paid for by taxpayers) to specifically withhold information.

    The inquiry is now seeking further evidence, via affidavit, from Professor Sutton and others.

    I am disturbed that rather than get witnesses back in the box and to probe them properly, it is just requiring further information by way of affidavit — which is weak.

    For those who are not lawyers, my fundamental problem with this latest move is that affidavits are simply statements that clever lawyers write for their clients.

    Sure, the client has to swear the statement is true and sign it but it’s a very different proposition to facing tough questions in the witness box.

    If more than 800 people had not died and if billions of dollars of damage and lasting mental pain had not been inflicted as a result of decisions made back in March, all this might seem like crying over spilt milk.

    But if mistakes are not examined, they will never be corrected; and if government is not held accountable, it will never be improved.

    With the parliament hardly sitting and with the Labor Party put into administration, the Coate Inquiry is virtually the only accountability mechanism left for the people of Victoria.

    For much of the past 12 hours, the Premier will have been caught between a rock and a hard place — fearing more outbreaks if he opens up and still unsure about the capability of his second-rate contact tracing system, but also knowing that easing restrictions is the only way to wind back the daily media conferences which, given the limited parliamentary scrutiny, have become the main means of keeping him honest.

    His original plan — that Coate would wash this all away with a “creeping assumption”, that once restrictions eased people would forget the past six months of hell and that by throwing around enough borrowed cash to anaesthetise the economic pain of the lockdown, all might be forgotten — is in tatters.

    Victoria is the only state to reject the National Cabinet decision and went it alone on hotel quarantine security, and it remains the only state in lockdown this morning.

    The fact that the Premier still has doubts about a contact tracing system that should have been remedied months ago says everything about this government’s ongoing incompetence.

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