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 Will Dan Andrews be held to account on Tuesday?

18.10.20.  No doubt all eyes will be focused on the Tuesday 2pm meeting regarding the Dan Andrews hotel security disaster that has either directly or indirectly tallied more than 800 deaths with COVID-19. Given that crucial witnesses to the cause were not listed to be heard and that essential questions were outside the “terms of inquiry” the exercise could be nothing more than cement over the many cracks left gaping from the original inquiry that was cripple by a contagious amnesia that was laughable and two ministers tossed under the Andrews bus . Andrews is a very slippery customer indeed and may even get an Andrews created  Knighthood on Tuesday!
Australia’s second coronavirus wave has crashed and is rolling gently up the beach. One new COVID-19 case and a 14-day average of 8.1 on Saturday points to a victory of sorts. While Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is being relentlessly cautious, the only thing that can mess this up now is more government incompetence. Or, perhaps, a Victorian community, once set free, that collectively runs amok, pants down and drinks in hand, gaily spreading the virus around the countryside.

Source: John Ferguson, News Corp

Point of no return and no excuses for Daniel Andrews

While there are some mystery cases, we are reaching the point of no return and no excuses; the government is either ready to ease restrictions or it has failed manifestly in its preparations.
I’ve never been someone who has supported an uncontrolled, uncontained reopening of Victoria, given the overseas evidence.
Having made a mess of hotel quarantine and contact tracing, there was no option for the government but to cut off the virus and hit control, alt, delete.
While this has been at enorm­ous cost to the national economy, it would be hard to justify the human toll of a European-style surge of the pandemic in our second-biggest city. This is not how Australians roll.
Now that the numbers have sub­sided so dramatically, however, we are in very, very different political and policy territory, particularly given the hotel quarantine inquiry has become so difficult to read.
It is hard to imagine Victorians being able to endure anything like another hard lockdown, such has been the psychological toll on just about every household.
Andrews will know this; there will be no going back to this awful, months-long shutdown. People will not tolerate it.
He will also know that if there is a third wave, which is possible, it’s most unlikely he will be the Premier of Victoria, certainly if the government is to blame in the way that it is for the second wave.
But it’s still too early to be definitive about how the politics will play out. It’s odds-on that the tens of thousands of people running businesses starkly affected by the second wave will find it very hard to back Labor at the 2022 election.
Yes, the opinion polls so far have been kind to Andrews, but unless he gets his skates on he will have to wear the backlash over lives so manifestly interfered with.
In many ways, the Victorian community has been absolutely heroic in the way it has endured 2020, broadly adhered to dracon­ian rules and got on with life.
I suspect, however, that this is a once-in-a-lifetime sacrifice.
A third wave, should it come, would look very different indeed.

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  • Penguinite 18/10/2020, 7:04 am

    Very unlikely that Andrews will be snared by a re examination of his and others “evidence”. He has already conned the bulk of Victorians that his way is the only way! The bulk of them, as Government employees, are on full pay. Another heavy slice are on a Federal subsidy. It’s only small business operators that are on the verge of bankrupcy! Even if Andrews condesends to relieve the lock-down it’ll be too late for most of them!

    • Pensioner Pete 18/10/2020, 8:27 am

      Pen: I cannot but agree with you, Andrews is like Beattie, coated with Teflon.

  • Austin Ayforti 18/10/2020, 8:58 am

    Why can’t these dipsticks and their media just admit it’s all an over the top con built on lies and for 99.6% of people stubbing your big toe will be worse than WuFlu. A deadly disease where you have to be tested to know you’ve got it. Go away Dickears and haunt China.

  • Lorraine 18/10/2020, 9:08 am

    Justice Coates and her panel of soft questions, shamed by Peta Credlin with her investigations, has recalled the inquiry,,,,,,Will she shake Andrews down as Peta Credlin has, I doubt it

  • Mark 18/10/2020, 10:24 am

    How much more will dickears mock inquiry cost Victorian taxpayers to exonerate the gutless wonder 👊👊

  • DT 18/10/2020, 11:16 am

    I suspect that Chairman Dan is heading towards the end.
    And if his political judges don’t wield the axe a court of law most probably will.

  • John 18/10/2020, 11:56 am

    Of course there will be a 3rd wave and then there will be a fourth wave and so on. It may mutate like the Flu virus and need new versions of the therapy just like the Flu virus. And if perchance a vaccine that works is found then the Chinese Govt will design and release another one. They ………….. have clearly figured that if a significant percentage of their over population are killed off by the virus it matters not a whit, may even be beneficial for them whilst other countries will be financially crippled.

  • Maryanne 18/10/2020, 7:55 pm

    No government can stop the new virus and I refuse to call it a pandemic. All they are doing is kicking the can down the road. We have to learn to live with this virus. Pretending it’s a new Black Death or Ebola is ridiculous when the survival rates for all age groups are in the high 95+ percentages.

  • Cliff 18/10/2020, 10:01 pm

    Re the headline: of course he won’t. There’ll be some wet lettuce applied to some middle level public servants wrist, which will have no effect on his pay, status or retirement entitlements and we’ll all be expected to accept the ‘solution’ and life for Dan the Man will go on exactly as it has been.

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