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 Lockdown secrecy an ‘outrage’

03.05.21.  Slowly but surely the populace awakens to the many government impediments inflicted by government during the pandemic. Declared COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago without mentioning age or pre morbidities reported by Covidlive.com.au 13 hrs ago was 910. Hospitalisations Australia wide, 63, in ICU 2, and on ventilator 1. As the induced, administrative fear subsides, memories of cruel authority overreach, police actions against old ladies and a pregnant mother, destructive lockdowns, massive confusion at every turn with on again, off again rules, fines and incompetent roll out of vaccines will be remembered and regurgitated by media for political effect.
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.

Source: Adam Creighton, News Corp

‘Outrageous’ lockdown secrecy slammed

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”.
“Treasury’s Freedom of Information officer is almost certainly correct that the law does allow him to refuse access to documents which are prepared for cabinet … but that doesn’t make it any more acceptable,” he said.
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.”
Governments around the world have been criticised for not producing cost-benefit analyses to justify COVID-19 restrictions, instead referring to “health advice” or “the science.
Cost-benefit analyses require laying out the estimated benefits of an action, in this case the number and age of lives saved, against estimates of social, health and economic costs of restrictions.
New Zealand’s decision to lockdown early last year cost about $NZ750m and saved about 30 ­elderly lives, according to a cost-­benefit analysis produced last May by that country’s Productivity Commission, obtained last year under of FOI laws.
“New Zealand’s COVID response policy was a lot more costly than it needed to be. That matters, because unnecessary costs incurred will detract from the current and future health and wellbeing of the population,” Dave Heatley, an economist and the study’s author, said.
“I’m glad the Australian Treasury did use a CBA … but we know nothing about the quality of this work, nor whether it was central.”
The government’s decision not to release the documents follows another “snap” lockdown in Perth, tough penalties on arrivals from India in the midst of a second COVID-19 wave, and growing concern the international border will remain shut indefinitely.
Douglas Allen, a Canadian economist at Simon Fraser University who last month reviewed 80 cost-benefit analyses of government’s COVID-19 restrictions, found those that supported lockdowns made unrealistically pessimistic assumptions over death rates in the absence of coercion and ignored many costs.
“Lockdown caused a broad range of costs through lost civil liberty, lost social contact, lost educational opportunities, lost medical preventions and procedures, increased domestic violence, increased anxiety and mental suffering, and increased deaths of despair,” he said. “It is possible lockdown will go down as one of the greatest peacetime policy failures in Canada’s history.”

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  • Penguinite 03/05/2021, 6:49 am

    Victoriastan is acting precisely according to Xi Andrews instruction! Mind you, all Governments hide documents they don’t want us to see as Cabinet in Confidence!

  • jaded 03/05/2021, 8:25 am

    Honestly, Hello, tell us all something that we already hadn’t worked out. At least NZ has released their info. I wonder how long they have the ‘info’ locked up for. I bet it is around 60yrs. None of us will be here. My youngest grandson would be 67, that is if the planet hasn’t been nuked by then.

  • wal1957 03/05/2021, 9:01 am

    The pollies are ‘locked in’ to their lockdown mentality now.
    If they don’t do lockdowns again they have to admit that they stuffed up.
    I won’t be holding my breath.

    • DT 03/05/2021, 12:39 pm

      The theory is to keep the voting public scared and maintain the false image that without their political protectors all will be lost.

      It’s working well so far and the worst State Governments hide behind Federal financial support and even ADF personnel for back up as needed.

      Now for the Labor demand for Federal quarantine facilities. Federal does not have hospitals and other health services and the States have more powers than Federal in most areas that Coronavirus impacts on. The former COAG now NLC was a genuine attempt for consensus cooperation to harness State powers and support with Federal resources.

  • luk1955 03/05/2021, 9:05 am

    Nothing is mentioned that the suicide death toll from the lockdowns exceeds the hotel quarantine failure by a whole lot more than those who died from conjob. But as long as people put up with unelected bureaucraps telling them how to run their businesses, then this nonsense will keep happening. It is up to US to end the madness, not the psychopathic bureaucrap bullies.

  • Lorraine 03/05/2021, 9:09 am

    The suffering caused by lock down to all sectors , it should be banned , but Aunt Nelly down the street thinks its a great idea as does cousin it. Love the Dan………….. is a cult following

    • Honeybadger 03/05/2021, 9:42 am

      Sorry, but Aunt Nelly and cuz need a lecture from niece Lorraine on the effects of all these snap lockdowns on others. You know like all the businesses which can’t survive and will result in home loss etc. Let alone all the peope who missed out on elective surgery and are on longer waiting lists.
      Nelly and cuz can get the vaccine and let the rest of us get on with living.

      • Disgruntled 03/05/2021, 10:11 am

        H B; the problem is that you just can’t put brains in statues no matter how hard you try; And that IS a true fact!!!

        I have tried and the result was sheer frustration and nothing else!

  • Mike Sc 03/05/2021, 9:19 am

    These awful changes that have been forced on Australians have caused chaos. Just look what has happened :

    -The plundering of Australia has temporarily slowed.
    -The outlook for Aussie-made innovation is now good.
    -The Unemployment rate is falling
    -The general wealth of the country has increased.
    — And we survived, so far, the pandemic.

    This can’t be allowed to continue. Bring on the pandemic. Agree with the leftish dribble emerging from the Universities. Jail everyone.

  • JK. 03/05/2021, 9:43 am

    And here is the entire story of the so called pandemic.https://nojabforme.info/

    • Mike Sc 03/05/2021, 10:00 am

      It has been propositioned that unfortunately, like it or not, everyone will eventually get the Covid Virus. It might take five years, but you will get it.

      Its a personal choice as to whether you face the virus with or without the vaccine.

      The anti-vaxers can finally get a chance to test their theories. The rest of us can just get on with life.

      Personally, I am holding out for the pfizer vaccine, but if the numbers start growing, I will take the AZ vaccine. We are fortunate to have that luxury. The newspapers have been very successful in their fake news articles slamming the vaccines. They set out to scare, and achieved that result.

  • DT 03/05/2021, 12:35 pm

    The voters of Victoria have effectively created an all powerful State Government that decides who will be informed and about what, or told nothing.

    CFMEU-UNION controlled Labor.

    It was of course the “faceless men and women” who decided the fate of Beazley then Rudd then Gillard then back to Rudd in desperation to hold government in 2013.

    And the Greens are well supported with Union donations and other help in return for their votes in parliaments and preference deals where needed.

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