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 Peta Credlin: Victoria leads the way—into strife!

29.06.20.  Peta Credlin: If the Ruby Princess was a ship of fools, what on earth do you call a state run by one that puts every Australian’s long-term livelihood at risk, asks Peta Credlin. So I reckon we’re at a tipping point. How much longer do we allow Victoria to hold back the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and at what point does the Victorian Government have to take responsibility for its appalling mismanagement of this latest virus outbreak? A shoddy system of hotel-based quarantine where a third of people have been allowed to refuse testing, fining ordinary families but letting 30,000 Black Lives Matter protesters off scot-free, slow to act on a large breakout in an abattoir, spiking infections among Muslim families celebrating the end of Ramadan, risks with other new migrants illiterate in English, and now a premier who desperately needs assistance asking for the army to help clean up the mess and then abruptly changes his mind, all the while distracted by internal feuding that’s seen the collapse of the Labor Party in Victoria and the loss of three ministers.

Source: Peta Credlin, The Daily telegraph

Victoria’s COVID-19 case number spike risks Australia’s economic recovery

If the Ruby Princess was a ship of fools, what on earth do you call a state run by one?
With only a couple of months of JobKeeper left and businesses desperate to try and get back to some sort of post-COVID normal, the need to open up more and more of our economy is critical. For this to happen, consumers must be confident to get out and about to spend, and state borders open up.
Yet just when this was all headed in the right direction, the latest coronavirus outbreak of community transmission in Victoria now threatens Australia’s economic recovery.
For over 10 days straight, Victoria has seen double-digit increases in infections while across the rest of Australia the disease is all but non-existent other than showing up in quarantined travellers returning home.
Talking to businesses in Melbourne this week, the latest spike has seen their bookings dry up, and more and more cancellations come in for businesses that can barely even keep their doors open.
On Friday, the Prime Minister said that what’s happening in Victoria could have happened to any other state. You’ve got to be kidding.
This is a plague-ridden southern state, run by a socialist premier who made out he had locked it down hard and fast, but didn’t. Daniel Andrews presents as all ‘Labor numbers-man tough’ in his media appearances but there’s absolutely no follow through when he gets back to his desk.
And is it any wonder there’s widespread system failure when the number two health officer in his government doesn’t know the difference between Captain Cook and Arthur Philip, yet we’re all supposed to trust that for at least some of her medical subjects, she paid attention?
Give me a break.
But as bad as the government is in Victoria, it’s also compounded by a dysfunctional federation and that affects us all.
I remain deeply sceptical about this new so-called National Cabinet. To date, it’s turned out much better at shutting things down than at opening things up. It worked when the PM threw money at the problem (like ventilators) where the states had not met their existing responsibilities. But when it came to schools and now borders, it doesn’t matter what premiers might agree at the meeting when they do whatever they want anyway.
The whole foundation of cabinet government is solidarity. It’s about every person around the table being collectively bound by a decision that they may or may not have agreed with.
At the end of what’s supposed to be a confidential and robust exchange (and it’s rarely either these days), a decision gets taken and they all must support, and defend, it. As far as I can see, other than a name-change, this is the same old sclerotic beast that was COAG.
For years, policy boffins have been talking about “vertical fiscal imbalance” and “horizontal fiscal equalisation”. What this means is that the Commonwealth has more and more financial muscle and political authority, even though the states still retain the legal responsibility for vast swathes of governmental activity.
Hence the states have 100 per cent say over the running of public hospitals, but the Commonwealth is expected to half-fund them.
The states entirely run public schools but, increasingly, via Gonski, the Commonwealth is on the hook to pay for them. Nearly all the government money in universities comes from the Commonwealth, but their statutes and governance arrangements belong entirely to the states.
One of the reasons it’s so hard to get anything done is because it’s no longer clear who does what.
Even passenger managements at international airports suffers from this confusion, because while the Commonwealth can impose bans, it’s still up to the states to manage quarantine.
And this is where the whole COVID-19 mess began in the first place.
The one saving grace we’ve had as a country is that it was only up to one level of government to shut our national borders because that has been the single most important factor in protecting Australia.
Now the challenge is to get badly run states to do their jobs properly and for the rest of the country not to be held back when they don’t.
Now more than ever it is critical we get the economy back up and running because if we don’t, a spike in coronavirus will be the least of our worries.

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  • Xword 29/06/2020, 7:58 am

    Australia’s answer to AOC … AVD*

    annaliese van diemen

    • Ivan 29/06/2020, 10:28 am


    • Tom 29/06/2020, 4:14 pm

      Am I the only one who thinks she looks disturbingly like a pink Yassmin Abdul Magid?

  • Ozman 29/06/2020, 8:00 am

    Dan from Vicstan is locking down the state to draw attention away from Labor’s corruption.

    A man dies in his 80’s and is said to have died with coronavirus.
    The number of people dying around the world with, not from, but with coronavirus might be true.
    Nothing to be afraid of though.
    Yet the propaganda is beyond measure.

    Closing down the economy is a pox on the politicians and a blight upon the medical officers.

    Although the following does not mention the number of people who actually had the flu, this definitely demonstrates the amateurism of the experts in killing the Australian economy. And to think, once upon a time, amateurs did not get paid.

    From the Dept. of Health:
    Of the total 7,378 hospitalisations for influenza and 223,863 hospitalisations for influenza and pneumonia combined in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia in the three-year period July 2002 to June 2005, 566 (8%) and 16,680 (7%) were identified as occurring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, respectively.

    • Aktosplatz 29/06/2020, 1:14 pm

      I still have misgivings about the reliability of the Virus Test and the interpretation of the results.

      A positive COV-19 result doesn’t mean the infected person will die or show symptoms, so the parameters need to be changed.

      Why do some results show negative, then positive, in a short space of time?

      I am sure all of the stats are being kept, but are they scrutinised and serviced adequately?

  • SebastianF 29/06/2020, 9:10 am

    Greatest hoax in history, according to the inventor of email-


  • Lorraine 29/06/2020, 9:12 am

    The Labour Run states of Victoria Qld and WA care not for their citizens just the fact that Labor may, win federally if they help tank the economy and the voters can blame Scott Morrison and not them . The scams run by Labor the utter corruption , is just Teflon and look over there ,not here ,,,,move on ,all is good. Tasmania and South Australia were basket cases anyway

    • ibbit 29/06/2020, 9:29 am

      This whole thing has been a mess from the get go. We are largely protected by being an island Nation, so the most sensible decision was to close our international borders and curtail air traffic.
      To much emphasis was placed on Medical warnings, some of which showed a love of calamity rather than good, commonsense, excepting for the voice of the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer who showed a deal of practicality in his warnings, which were largely ignored. Particularly was this so when so much of the talk was based on a lack of objective medical data.So, the Government went ahead and decimated the economy -in effect giving it the final death blow, which followed on from what had been done manufacturing wise and China wise for a few decades and for which we now all have to pay.
      The answer lies in action re the Constitution, not more talk.

  • Aktosplatz 29/06/2020, 9:16 am

    It’s a mess alright, the States and the Federal Governments have no unity between them. I blame the States, they are behaving like squabbling siblings in the Commonwealth Family.

    We are vastly overgoverned in this place. Such a wonderful, large, land, with umpteen beautiful resources, all squandered and wasted because the Federal, State, and Local Governments are at loggerheads, add to that unholy mix, the Trade Unions, there is a general disrespect towards the Authority of our Governance.

    And our justice system knows it.

    Hence the violent protests with the weak retribution from the authorities, towards Left Wing demonstrations

    The Federal Constitution needs an overhaul, starting with the Senate, but there is too much potential for constitutional trouble makers to wreck everything.

    More than that, the disease starts at the ballot box, we have voters who are predominantly selfish, ignorant, and therefore ill informed. It’s a massive problem, and the Left have caused it in our schools and education facilities by the dumbing down of our educational standards and rewriting of history.

  • ibbit 29/06/2020, 9:18 am

    Past time there was a referendum to give the PM and Federal government the power to compel state premiers to act in the Nation’s interest in times such as this virus or serious law and order breaches – unauthorised demonstrations which create havoc and damage are an example.
    I do not trust our current PM or many before him so there would need to be stringent safeguards as to what constituted a national safety issue and it would need to be more than subjective and self-serving.

  • Philippe Armstrong 29/06/2020, 10:20 am

    Dan Andrews is of the very hard left variety-a Marxist. It is why the little ones in Victoria from the time they can walk are pummeled with Marxist theories. How to destroy society-destroy education, promote egalitarianism, flood Australia with foreigners, create dependents, medicate the masses, reward failure, destroy discipline, install Marxist professors, corrupt the youth and destroy their innocence….Dan’s job is done.

  • Aktosplatz 29/06/2020, 10:34 am

    The three reasons Melbourne has succumbed to fresh coronavirus outbreaks (according to the Daily Mail)

    1. Daniel Andrews did not enforce mandatory testing for returned travelers, and as many as 5000 were allowed home after refusing a corona virus test.

    2. Andrews employed security guards to police quarantined hotels, and some of them caught the virus.

    3. Encouraged residents who fell sick to stay at home but did not enforce it enough, so many just broke the system ansd mingled (presumably)

    Andrews thought it could have spiked because some infected people were sharing a cigarette lighter! (Phew – that explains it!)

    Not mentioned:-

    4. BLM Demonstrations and protests,
    thousands of people mixing, no social

    5. End of Ramadam (Muslim Celebrations).
    thousands of people mixing, no social

    Of course it was that damn cigarette lighter!

    • Disgruntled 29/06/2020, 12:56 pm

      Hey Akto; I would be interested in the how and why of your point no. 2; sounds as if there were fun times engaged in!!!

      And I agree with all of your points.

      Victoria under Andrews is sure turning into a shambles; what an incompetent and useless person that bloke really is eh?

  • Knight Templar 29/06/2020, 11:24 am

    PM Morrison is CONFIDENT that Dan Andrews will get on top of the surge in COVID.
    Another 91 cases reported yesterday.
    The PM for some obscure reason is going soft on Andrews Govt.
    Leads me to believe that these politicians are just interested in keeping the muslims and africans on side …
    The majority of these people are illiterate, we need to stop bringing them in.. they are still pouring in by the plane loads.
    And now we are expected to learn Dinka, the Sudanese language as they apparently were blissfully ignorant of the virus.
    Its by no coincidence that Dan Andrews set up a panel to come up with this acronym….CALD … Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities. Australians are expected to make changes, not them.
    Howard said these people will “Enrich Australia’s Multicultural Society.”
    Well it was obvious from the start it wouldn’t work .. 25 years later look at the mess we are in…

    • Disgruntled 29/06/2020, 1:00 pm


  • Soos 29/06/2020, 2:21 pm

    All reports are saying Corona Virus cases are rising; are they testing for Corona Virus ie. common cold, or Covid 19? Just asking, as it is winter and people do get colds.

  • Steve 30/06/2020, 9:12 am

    Blind Freddy can see how this crap is playing out. The Essendon player confirmed what’s going on.
    1. Take a preliminary test. Result- Positive. Quickly notify the media. It’s armageddon.
    2. Secondary and more intrusive test taken. Result – Negative. Given the fact that the AFL is in the spotlight, best we notify the media. Fear factor reduced.
    3. Preliminary testing on the public. Result – Positive. Quickly notify the media. Fear factor skyrocketing.
    4. Secondary and more intrusive testing on the public. Result – Mostly negative. Under no circumstances are the media to be informed.
    Change my mind.

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