ScoMo under fire for washing hands of quarantine

The knives are out over the Morrison Government’s abrogation of its constitutional responsibility for quarantine, which has forced the states to house returning travellers in unsuitable city hotels.

The head of the WA Australian Medical Association (AMA) has stepped up its attack on the hotel quarantine system, once again describing it as “not fit for purpose”:

“The problem is the infection control experts’ group federally who continue to deny the airborne spread problem, and that people need N95 masks all the time and negative pressure rooms in hotel quarantine“…

“You need to urgently, urgently change it and to start building as quickly as possible air-gapped facilities.”

The Grattan Institute’s health program director Stephen Duckett has also slammed the federal government for playing political games:

“I think the Commonwealth Government doesn’t want to have a bar of hotel quarantine because it knows it can go wrong.

“It is really, really hard. Every state, every state has had breaches of hotel quarantine, and the Commonwealth just wants to wash its hands, and not step up to the plate”…

Whereas Opposition Labor health spokesman Mark Butler has labelled the hotel quarantine system a “mess” and demanded the Morrison government shift quarantine out of hotels into national facilities:

“We have got to get a proper quarantine system in place that protects the broader Australian community but also ensures that Australians stranded overseas are able to come home”…

“There should be a national system that has national standards. Instead what we see is very different arrangements in different states. That is not how a quarantine system should operate.”

He said an “effective” quarantine system would feature open-air options, pointing to the Howards Springs facility in the Northern Territory…

MB has for six months called on the Morrison Government to establish national quarantine facilities modelled on the Northern Territory’s Howard Springs:

Facilities like Howard Springs offer obvious benefits over using city quarantine hotels, including:

  1. They are located away from major population centres;
  2. They provide abundant fresh air and space between guests and staff; and
  3. They provide greater comfort than being stuffed into a hotel room for two weeks.

The Morrison Government has the balance sheet and constitutional responsibility for quarantine and managing Australia’s international border.

It must step up to the plate and build/fund national facilities like Howard Springs in regional areas. Otherwise, Australia will continue to experience ongoing virus outbreaks, more lockdowns, further state border closures, and ongoing economic carnage.

Get off your backside and do your job, Scotty.

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  1. Ronin8317MEMBER

    It is farcical that our ‘health experts’ still believes COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by air, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Reminds me of the Chinese authorities in 2019 when they claim COVID-19 cannot be transmitted from people to people. only from animal to people.

  2. He’s washed his hands of Australia.

    Other then looking for a quick profit, he doesnt seem to be all that interested in much.

  3. Even if you get the vaccine….
    You can still be infected by covid-19.
    You can still spread it to others.
    All the vaccine does is mitigate the effects of the virus.

    And the virus which has gone global pandemic is now only months off vaccine escape according to the scientists.
    Which means new yearly vaccine alternatives or booster shots – forever.
    A fifth new form of cold virus that is with humans forever, with high infectivity and lethality, and it will continue to mutate and evolve.

    Which makes the case right now for a decision on migrants and travellers, PR / foreign nationals or TR and Tourist Visitors.
    No entry. ❌

    Close the borders completely until all Australians are vaccinated.
    Only Australian born citizens allowed back in.

    Repatriation of stranded Australian citizens as priority (not PR foreign nationals) with vaccinated flight crew and quarantine on arrival.
    Nobody else.

    • overly harsh – you need to allow people to go to covid hotspots to get married and that amirite?

    • “Even if you get the vaccine….
      You can still be infected by covid-19.” I’m pretty sure that is how all vaccines work.
      “You can still spread it to others.” yeah maybe, but the chances are much lower.
      “All the vaccine does is mitigate the effects of the virus.” what would you rather have, smallpox or cowpox?

      “And the virus which has gone global pandemic is now only months off vaccine escape according to the scientists.
      Which means new yearly vaccine alternatives or booster shots – forever” Forever is a long time, but in the meantime you mean like the annual flu shot?.
      A fifth new form of cold virus that is with humans forever, with high infectivity and lethality, and it will continue to mutate and evolve. Again, forever is such a long time, and you’re assuming no medical breakthroughs.

      “Which makes the case right now for a decision on migrants and travellers, PR / foreign nationals or TR and Tourist Visitors.
      No entry. ❌” I agree with that one.

        • That’s what scientific studies are showing.
          The corona COVID-19 virus has a mutation rate about half the rate of influenza virus.
          As the infected pool of humans now massively widens, the odds of virus evolution in the sick and dying and then vaccine escape compounds.
          The projected vaccine escape is in 3-5 months.
          Firstly AstraZeneca & that group of modified chimpanzee & human virus vaccines.
          Which means by time most Australians eventually get those vaccine shots they will be useless even in reducing effects & lethality.
          Then the RNA vaccines Pfizer & so on.
          (The dead RNA is made from the virus strain, with virus evolution eventually they won’t mitigate effects or lethality either).

          The head of Pfizer has come out with a statement that the virus will escape all current vaccines and they will need to be adapted – yearly new vaccines / boosters.

          The big unknown is whether the virus will evolve to a more mild and less lethal form or a more severe form targeting different spectrums of humans..
          like the 1918 influenza which was initially just a severe flu mostly affecting old, infirm & sick, but then evolved into a highly infectious and highly lethal variant that killed young adults.
          Of course now biopharma and most likely BioWarfare weaponization of Covid-19 can also take advantage of the current virus outbreak and its success in economic and social impact – to create more infectious, more lethal and vaccine resistant variants.
          If you don’t think bio pharma has a motivation to create new diseases they can monetarise in ‘the cure’ then fine, but that is another likely factor in virus evolution.

    • It’s serious Mike, but viruses tend to burn themselves out, it’s likely this will end up no worse than a new strain of the flu.

      • So far its mutation process is making it worse not better. India shows that this virus is a loooong way from burning itself out or ending up like the flu.

  4. Ritualised Forms

    I liked the way the WA Premier was out on the weekend touting remote Defence facilities (RAAF Curtin for starters) and Christmas Island as potential sites to quarantine larger numbers of people with less risk.

    Still got the refusal from Dutton, but it is obviously starting to occur to people that there has to be something better that Hotel quarantine in larger cities, and that remote sites with basic infrastructure are a good place to start looking

  5. Or you could stop sticking your fingers in the dyke wall as it springs ever more leaks and accept the “new normal” that was always going to eventuate of living with covid, because it is going about as far away as the flu or common cold.

  6. Why aren’t the journos pushing the Fed LNP on why they are absolving themselves on providing quarantine??? Stop blaming the States who have had to step into the vacuum left by Scomo and the bozo LNP!

  7. tsport100MEMBER

    A scandal a day and yet this blog willing re-posted the Newspoll press release yesterday from NewsCorp?? FFS