Cometh the moment, rack off the man

Three weeks ago I wrote the following:

The formulation of the gathering catastrophe is simple. Coronavirus is loose in China. The Chinese Communist Party has declared war upon it and must win lest it jeopardise itself. As the virus explodes, the base case for that is now to progessively shut the country down for six-to-nine months. There is still an upside risk case that the CCP succeeds in choking the virus sooner, or a miracle drug appears, but with each passing day material economic harm well beyond SARS is being done to China. And there is an even higher probability risk case that the CCP fails and the world succumbs to a pandemic unseen since the Spanish Flu of 1918.

The second component is that Australia has the worst government in living memory. Morrison’s administration is much worse than that of Tony Abbott or Malcolm Turnbull. It is stupid, corrupt and entirely absent policy process. It can’t manage good times and it is fantastically inept in the bad.

Yesterday we had confirmation of the second leg of the catastrophe as the Morrison Government declared it was about to open the border to China. The dumbest and most reckless policy and political blunder I have seen in my lifetime. Literally threatening to kill large numbers of Australians in its own political base.

We can be reassured today that that will not go ahead as Morrison’s panic-stricken clownshow is run down by the global pandemic. But the flip-flopping is anything but comforting. Morrison’s ship of fools is clearly making stuff up as they go. From the AFR today:

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said state and federal governments had global pandemic plans ready to enact and were “preparing as a nation for every eventuality”.

Under the plans, doctors would set up specially designated “fever clinics” to treat the sick, hospital wards would be made available to isolate cases and authorities would have the power to designate quarantine zones.

Professor Murphy said authorities would look at a number of factors before deciding whether further travel restrictions from other countries should be introduced, including the size of the outbreak, the profile of those falling sick and the risk of importing the disease into Australia.

The border may not be opened this week but it does not look like the weekend decision to let in 760 Chinese high school students has been reversed, via The Age:

A Melbourne high school principal fears parents may view a government travel ban exemption for Chinese year 12 students as an economic decision, rather than in the best interests of student health.

Victorian high schools are preparing to reintegrate 389 Chinese senior high school students, after the federal government announced on Saturday that up to 760 students stuck in China would be allowed to return to Australia despite the ongoing coronavirus travel ban.

…Returning students will have to meet strict criteria, including passing health checks and completing a 14-day self-isolation period in Australia. Students will probably start to arrive later this week.

And the poor kids will be instantly ostracised, naturally. No local kid wants to take COVID-19 home to granddad.

The whole notion was originally proposed by the Chinese Embassy in Canberra as a way to lever open the border. Even though all of its own schools remain shut and it can’t get hundreds of millions of people to leave home and go to work.

But we must obey as Morrison follows his figurative bushfire holiday to Hawaii with this figurative version amid the pandemic.

Cometh the moment, rack off the man.

David Llewellyn-Smith

Comments

  1. Charles MartinMEMBER

    It’s purely an economic decision. Agree with your summation of a truly terrible gov’t.
    Is popcorn an adequate prepper foodstuff?

    • Baked beans in ham sauce seems to be the go, Charles, but popcorn is not a bad alternative.

      If things get really bad a Domino’s pizza may have to do, but fingers crossed.

      • I’m partial to canned beans seasoned with a variety of jarred antipasti.

        I’m known for buying a 90-120 day supply of various types of beans when I expect tough times. It’s saved me once or twice. In fact, I was just saying to someone yesterday that it’s about time for at least a 60-can order. Might up that to 120.

    • short term economic – no long term foresight.No one has considered the implications to Uni’s when students get sick due to exposure – wonder if their public liability insurance covers them for class actions. (I suspect maurice blackburn and co licking the proverbial ambulance lips) what about when tenants start falling ill and can’t pay rentals ….

  2. The Chinese embassy has good reason to want to open the border: it is in China’s best interests not to bear the COVID-19 burden alone, but to infect as many nations as possible.

    Scotty is too stupid, or corrupt to care how many Aussies die. The next election is 2 years away anyway, by then they will rewritten history to control the narrative.

    • Your first paragraph is bang on.

      China copping the virus all on its ownsome is an obvious competitive disadvantage. Dragging others down is a good economic plan. They are just bourgeois class enemies, anyway.

    • Spot on Dan were I to be a parent of a local I would change schools.

      Why that teacher would want his colleagues to be infected is beyond me. I wouldn’t want my children to be taught by a fool like that. As for our chief medical officer and pm, I wonder how many more
      Australians will die as a result of their incompetence. I am sure they will be taking responsibility for their decision.

    • Scummo is going to roll the dice and if it goes pear shaped he will blame the ‘expert medical advice’ and the media will do everything it can to protect him in doing so.

      I think he is a total fvkn psycho because you need to be a psycho to do what he is about to do.

  3. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Can’t think of a worse stategic decision in the history of the Australian parliament. Menzies selling pig iron to the Japanese? Nope. Rudd opening up RE to non-residents? Close, but not as immediate.

    Billy Hughes had the good sense to put conscription to the nation in a plebiscite in 1916.

    Abject stink’n traitorous…

    • Whensoever I hear someone say “Good show” I am reminded of Thursday nights cooking for maternal grandfather-mine, Tahbilks and Whiskies. One of his favourite sayings – bravo.

  4. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    the hide of the fckers to try and soften Australia up to opening the border with SCHOOLKIDS these people have literally no moral compass, never seen such scum in parliament, where da fuk is Albotross
    were fkn doomed guys

    • No we don’t. If the genie is out of the bottle it will kill 1% of Australians, mostly older people.
      That’s ~250,000 dead here. It will hurt our economy and property market.

  5. CMO Brendan Murphy looks really uncomfortable in front of the mic, that confidence, or lack thereof, is a result of being coerced into saying what the government wants. I have this problem in front of the senior leadership team, they are all in it for themselves, but in finance we have to get the narrative right, even though we know that the results will be a long way from budget.
    Leadership is a complete failure, there are not a lot of good leaders out there.

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      I reckon he’s getting his arse handed to him like the bushfire guy originally did. Bushfire guy supported Scummo’s blather until Scummo changed tack and hung bushfire guy out to dry.

      CMO will soon learn the same.

      • Yep, & No Gonads to stand up for what’s right, leave & make big waves – that would require being a PUBLIC Servant with a soul.

        • Anyone with that atttitude will have left or become known as a trouble maker and asked to leave long before they make it to a position like that.

          • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

            Still it would be nice to see him man up, just once in his career, and say this Government is Fvcked and likely to be responsible for 10s of thousands of deaths.
            Even better if he called for the Governor General to be called in!

    • Charles MartinMEMBER

      One day he might be born again like Sam Dastyari, realising the errors of his ways and saying sorry with a hang dog expression.

    • As to our CMO Murphy, I have grave doubts. Not on his scientific knowledge, but on his intestinal fortitude and his being able to withstand Morrison bullying him into agreeing to removing the travel bans. He appears to me to have no backbone whatsoever or maybe he just lacks the PR skills when dealing with the media, he looks and behaves like the proverbial rabbit in the headlights and I have trouble trusting his statements on Covid19 and what will / will not be safe to do.

    • You’re wrong about Murphy. He’s not uncomfortable because he’s saying what the government wants. He’s a compromised CCP puppet. He’s in all kinds of personal stress now. He has his family to worry about. But the brainless d1ckhead didn’t think about that.

  6. Goldstandard1MEMBER

    I am not surprised by the sell out of our government to the Chinese, we’ve been doing it for a decade+.

    However I realised yesterday that ScoMo and the gov are actually ‘politically’ dumb. The backlash is huge Look at the age, herald/sun and listen to 3aw as a summary of people’s opinion) and even though the virus spreading here is inevitable, the gov will get the full blame now. They should have been like Singapore and wrapped their arms around us ‘doing their best’ despite knowing the truth. Poor management economically and politically.
    FAIL and they will get what they deserve.

    • More than 2 years to the next election, a compliant media, and a total lack of empathy.
      I think Scummo is a psycho who will roll the dice because he knows the economy is stuffed if he doesn’t.

      • Goldstandard1MEMBER

        Just so we are clear, the Corona virus is not a short term thing. The implications are at least medium term so yeah, people will remember or probably still be around it.

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Dunno. Looked like they went to the last election running on a history of failure. Failure is what they do. They bathe in it. Roll in it like a naked Craig Kelly in his water trough. Failure makes them rich…no, failure for us makes them rich.

  7. My daughter is attending a Victorian Government high school. Here is a message from the Principal from yesterday.

    Dear Parents and Staff,

    The Department has just sent an email to all Principals regarding limited conditional exemptions that may be granted to China-based students to attend year 11 and 12, see: Coronavirus advice. You may have seen media about this announcement over the weekend.

    These exemptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis and do not apply to anyone from Hubei province or who has travelled through Hubei province since the outbreak of COVID-19.

    There are very strict conditions around this. As per other travellers from mainland China, on arrival, these students will be required to self-isolate for 14 days before being able to attend school. They will be subject to screening on leaving China and on entering Australia.

    We currently have one Year 12 student who is waiting to return to Australia to resume their studies. That student will be subject to these rigorous screening processes.

    The Department has a range of resources available to help in managing coronavirus which are updated regularly, see:Coronavirus advice (for all schools information, including factsheets on the risk and in translated languages) Bullystoppers

    As I have previously stated, we will do all we can to continue to ensure the health and well being of all of our staff and students.

    • Goldstandard1MEMBER

      Insist on 21 days (NOT 14), and they must be completely isolated from the public. Suggest Christmas island.

    • Goldstandard1MEMBER

      We still can’t believe this is happening since it is now a pandemic but please do this:

      Insist on 21 days (NOT 14), and they must be completely isolated from the public. Suggest Christmas island

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      And the poor kids will be instantly ostracised, naturally. No local kid wants to take COVID-19 home to granddad.

      …and should any ostracisation occur we will be able to sleep safe in the knowledge that the ABC, SBS and @smh will scold any child or their parents, who displays any rac!st sentiments in preference the lives of their family over by not embracing their newly returned Chinese school mates and planting a big fat wet welcoming kiss upon their corona smeared cheeks.

      Remember rac!sim is the biggest threat we collectively face.

      • to be fair, those kids don’t deserve to be ostracised. we all know you have issues being a white male and with the ABC etc etc etc but it’s not like it these kids’ fault

        • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

          To be fair being a white male has nothing to do with it – other than the fact that they are the two attributes that form the root of the ABC’s decision tree on whether any topic should be celebrated or ridiculed.

          As to the kids – no they don’t deserve to be ostracised, they deserve to be quarantined for at least 14 days, at mining camps outside of Darwin.

          If the Govt doesn’t do it, then it is the right of every and any Australian to remove themselves from any possible contact with them, without having the ABC, SBS, SMH or Simp’s like yourself publicly fretting over the injustice microscope for the possibility of trace elements of racism, smaller than the corona virus, being present.

    • Poor Fellow My Country

      @Stewie – too true mate. Don’t worry about a bushfire crisis or a coronavirus. Whatever happens, we cannot be racialist or all is lost!!!!

    • Excuse my ignorance, but do foreign citizen children who attend Australian government schools pay fees? Or, what? How does it work? How much do they pay? Where does that money go? It’s so intriguing.

      • Oh yes they pay alright, my sister works for a sydney girls high school in the inner west, she said they rely on these students to fund some of the schools projects. However she said they have been here before the ban, and had to self-quarantine for 14 days

    • I’d be insisting on 1 month
      Up to the school to support student
      Otherwise they’ll need to support all your kids who won’t want to attend (risk management, yo)

  8. The man is pure evil. Even though he didn’t lift the widespread travel ban (though he appears to have to for the 760 VCE students), he might have in a parallel universe. Enough to get the pitchforks out.

  9. Anyone who voted for this as*clown ..well done! Hope your property value and franking credits were worth it.

  10. I do not think that they realise the impact of this, if the students spread the virus it is going to target the Lib voting base, can you imagine the BB’s accepting dying before getting to enjoy their retirement and overseas holidays, plus being that a lot of the students at Uni / school who catch it will never vote lib. There is a good chance that if / when the virus spreads and kills many then the Libs are finished as a party as they will forever be known as the party that brought in the virus and choose money over people. Plus the economic impact of the virus is going to be multiples of what the VC’s are crying poor about so they will also get that name of the party that destroyed the economy.

  11. Its hard to see how this can possibly work. The devil will be in the details.

    Is this just students, or their entire families?
    If just students, then presumably they are boarders (and can’t quarantine for 14 days at boarding school), or else staying with local families (many of these will likely decline – either personal safety, or fear of reaction of other parents).
    I really can’t see a significant number coming in.

    To me, the risk is much smaller than all the tertiary students coming in via 3rd countries.

  12. This is a blatant Scummo tactic to bring on the rapture where the chosen believers – ie him and folau – will rise up to heaven and sit beside sweet Jesu.

  13. rob barrattMEMBER

    No worries
    Just go long on the funeral industry. Every cremation cloud has a silver lining, and just think, it’s those nasty Boomers who are going to get the axe. Some of the benefis:
    Less demand on Private health – corpses don’t need hip replacements;
    More houses for sale = more Stamp Duty;
    Age prejudice won’t be necessary in the workplace any more.
    We’ve never had it so good.