It isn’t your money. It belongs to Scott and Josh

The government has refused to ­release Treasury documents that spell out the assumed costs and benefits of border closures, lockdowns and other COVID-19 ­restrictions, a decision prominent economists have slammed as ­“outrageous”.

The federal government has classed 38 different estimates of the costs of various restrictions, ­including borders closures, school closures and Victoria’s series of extra lockdowns as “cabinet documents”, which excludes them from public access under Freedom of Information laws, The Australian has learned.

Economist Saul Eslake said it was “outrageous that the government won’t share with the public any of the basis for the decisions it has made”.

UNSW professor Peter Swan said the decision was “absolutely outrageous”.

“The fact that not a single word can be revealed on the impact of Victorian COVID-19 restrictions on the Victorian and Australian economy even now, long after they have cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars and forced thousands of Australian small businesses to close, indicates the damning nature of the contents of these documents,” he said.

It would seem highly likely that the government has ignored advice from Treasury and elsewhere that lockdown is almost entirely unproductive and in­effective, as well as being economically crippling.”

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23 Responses to It isn’t your money. It belongs to Scott and Josh

  1. Baa Humbug says:

    A Federal Liberal government protecting State Labor governments of Victoria, QLD and WA?
    Are these people stupid? (redundant).

    My guess is they are worried if the info got out, there’d be a panic in the economy. An economy rests on confidence after all.

  2. FlyingPigs says:

    We do not have leaders but mere moronic followers who blow which ever way the world winds blow.

    https://poets.org/poem/sea-fever

  3. FlyingPigs says:

    And “economist” Saul Eslake can shove it up his dribbling left nostril
    https://www.saul-eslake.com/

  4. egg_ says:

    What a c…

  5. FlyingPigs says:

    Release “The National Cabinet Papers”.

    What are ALL Australian Governments hiding?

  6. Squirrel says:

    Where are the whistle-blowers when we really need them……?

  7. BrettW says:

    Angus Creighton was very good on the economic costs from the start. Premiers of VIC and Qld certainly did not consider economic impacts of lockdowns.

  8. C.L. says:

    He certainly has been, Brett.
    Once upon a time, journalists were given awards for unpopular, imperturbable commitment to the truth with a mob at their heels.

    Now the journalistic establishment is that mob.

  9. H B Bear says:

    Trust us.

  10. H B Bear says:

    Silence mushrooms!

  11. Ed Case says:

    Government issues the money, perhaps it is theirs, whose else could it be?
    Scotty and Josh are just lackeys, America says jump, they ask how high.
    See the ban on travel from India, we did it 5 minutes after Biden.

  12. Entropy says:

    You people are assuming the costings have actually been done.

  13. Fair Shake says:

    No point upsetting lame stream media. They are all banging on about what a wonderful job we have all done. Just like renewables no costs attached, all completely free.

  14. Struth says:

    A Federal Liberal government protecting State Labor governments of Victoria, QLD and WA?
    Are these people stupid? (redundant).

    Or are we?

    This is a global socialist coup d’etat.
    I’ve been saying this for 14 months.
    The swamp in government is running the show and who is in what party is irrelevant.

  15. Mother Lode says:

    It is outrageous, but distinctly so only because of scale.

    Hiding their disasters by declaring knowledge off limits is the daily outrageousness.

  16. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    You people are assuming the costings have actually been done

    It’s of zero import. If “costings” have been attempted by various government bodies, they would be wrong by a gazillion orders of magnitude anyway.

    What needs to be acknowledged here is that no useless destructive idiotic quisling (BIRM) in our beloved politico/bureaucrat/j’ismist class will ever admit they were wrong in their ham fisted responses to or reportage of the dreaded bat flu.

    This is why we are still being subjected to the staggering stupidity of schlockdowns, face nappie mandates, state border closures and morons wallowing in peoples’ sewage. Not to mention the unnecessary ridiculous toxic chemical cocktails that aren’t vaccines. All trumpeted incessantly at hysteria pitch by this stupid, stupid country’s braindead lamestream meeja.

  17. Roger says:

    My guess is they are worried if the info got out, there’d be a panic in the economy. An economy rests on confidence after all.

    If only people realised our economy is based on a fiat currency.

    The government can just print more money, don’t ya know?

  18. Turtle says:

    Contrast, Egg?

  19. Mother Lode says:

    It is easy to be all wise with 20/20 hindsight, but our leaders were under extreme pressure to make a decision.

    The MSM needed something to put in the late edition.

  20. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Chairman for life Pooh Bear thanks you for your voluntary seppuku

  21. Richard says:

    The whole damn thing needs to be reformed. An independent judicial officer ought be appointed to sit in the cabinet and upon updated newly drafted transparent rules, decide whether information discussed deserves to be protected under cabinet secrecy.

  22. rickw says:

    Chairman for life Pooh Bear thanks you for your voluntary seppuku

    There must be so much back slapping going on in the CCP “can’t believe they did this to themselves!”

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