Welcome to Morrison’s prison island

First the update. Australia’s failing vaccine rollout is still firmly stuck in the Third World:

On the ground, there are stories of gaps all over the place:

  • Australia’s largest health care provider, BUPA, has had zero contact with the Morrison Government for its aged care vaccination program. It has no vaccines, no plan to go forward despite this supposedly being the first phase of the rollout.
  • In fact, the entire aged care sector is in a panic as vaccines don’t arrive, second shots disappear, and folks scramble to GPs off their own bat to substitute the official rollout.
  • Novavax has pushed back its global production schedule and will likely impact the Australian allotment. There is a discussion to produce it here instead.

The schmozzle is leading to some wild politicking by a desperate Coalition. Greg Hunt yesterday threatened to turn Australian back into the prison island:

  • Australia may never open its borders again despite being fully vaccinated.
  • This further abandons 40k Aussie marooned overseas.
  • Business lobbies pointed out, rightly for once, that lockdowns cost $1bn per week and tourism is being decimated.

It’s pointless to reason through it. This is nothing more than a wild public relations stunt from the “health minister”. The Coalition is more desperate than most to open the borders to its favoured flood of cheap foreign labour.

Instead of discussing such sensible measures as bringing home the stranded, local production of mRNA’s vaccines, vaccine passports, and other ways to open up, we’re stuck in this spin cycle of completely rubbish.

More spin us underway with Morrison on a new “war footing” for the failing rollout with the national cabinet to meet fortnightly instead of monthly to fix his mess.

We might ask why we were not already on a “war footing” given this is the largest and most significant national crisis management issue since WWII. Because Morrison wanted to claim the credit all for himself.

This move is also designed to end the Bereklian Government’s war on Morrison and to share the blame for his failure with the states.

Still, their involvement might help fix a few things, if the inept Morrison is sidelined.

Fat chance of that given that marketing will always come first.

David Llewellyn-Smith


  1. You’re wrong to criticise him as a marketing man; he cannot market anything. He is devoid of strategy, execution or outcomes. He really does have to go.

  2. Should be getting on with establishing RNA production facilities here. States should be pitching to biotechs to domicile there.

    Hard to believe no one is preparing to mount a challenge on the Scrote.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      And whom would you suggest they wheel out as the challenger? Steven Bradbury Josh to replace Steven Bradbury Scotty?

      • I don’t suggest anyone. Not my problem to solve. Merely making a comment on their recent-ish form.
        I already have my baseball bat ready for polling day.

  3. happy valleyMEMBER

    “Australia may never open its borders again despite being fully vaccinated”

    Presumably, Alan Joyce wouldn’t have taken well to that news and would have got on the blower to SFM about it?

  4. Lord DudleyMEMBER

    Saw this coming. Other countries don’t prioritise Australia for vaccines because Australia has eradicated COVID, which is completely rational. Meanwhile, the US and Europe are vaccinating as many as they can, and within 3 months the virus will be mitigated (but not eliminated) in those regions; definitely in the US. Meanwhile, Australia will be in a perpetual state of freaking out because of the fear of the virus entering their as-yet-untainted country.

    I’d like to be wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this keeps going on for at least another year in Australia, possibly longer. It will finally break when the repeated lockdown costs become unbearable, given that Australians will see a steady stream of news about the US having the largest economic boom for the last 50 years.

    • If those countries are prioritising their own citizens, as well they should, also because Australia has all but eliminated Covid, then logically once they have vaccinated the vast majority of their citizens and have ample spare inventory, they may consider releasing to AU. The US and UK in particular.

      I think Tehan is wasting his time in the EU. Besides the fact he’s a bit of a spud of course.

    • Goldstandard1MEMBER

      Interesting your comment. From what I’m reading mass vacinations will happen which protects against Covid19, but the mutations are far from covered, especially South African and Brazil strain. This is far from over and not sure if vaccines can keep up with mutations like we have done for the flu. Seems far more complicated.
      With currect pharma, you need 4 jabs per year, and that is not covering everything as we see in the US. This is FAR from over and opening may indeed be 3+ years off.
      Hoping a super strain doesn’t emerge.

  5. “The Coalition is more desperate than most to open the borders to its favoured flood of cheap foreign labour.”

    Absolutely. Which is why Hunt’s admission is so interesting. If the government is prepared to raise the possibility that the border will be closed for years, then you can bet that internally they are considering it as much more than just a possibility. They’ve been trying to soften us up for border reopening til now, and I think this could be a sign that they are deeply pessimistic that it will happen anytime soon

    The reality is that the virus is out of control in many parts of the Third world, US is experiencing another wave of infections, Boris has just warned the UK numbers will rise again. COVID-19 is becoming endemic. We may have to update the vacinne every year like we do with the flu. Vaccinate 25 million people every year so we can reopen the borders? Sounds like a fantasy to me

    • You could also read this statement by Hunt as a power play, sending a message to their supporters (i.e. those funding their party and seats) that this is the future if you leave this bozo in charge; stop supporting him, support someone else (me) instead. It’s like a heads up for a change in support within the party. Throw a line out and see who bites.

      To assume WYSIWYG is never wise in politics.

    • Lord DudleyMEMBER

      If you’re not willing to keep the population up-to-date on vaccines, and you’re not willing to accept it becoming a background virus like it most likely will in the rest of the world, then your options are to clamp down the borders and keep lurching from lockdown to lockdown forever.

      The obvious thing to do is vaccinate as much as the population as possible, require travellers to be vaccinated before entering, and open it up. And yes, you’ll have (low) numbers of COVID deaths from time to time. Like you already do with flu.

    • Mike Herman TroutMEMBER

      Hunt saying that is just deflection. No we wouldn’t have opened up anyway…. that’s how I read it….

    • this.
      much easier than explaining we have already reached peak global pop. and forever reducing migration, and how every single model is vastly wrong. demographics has already proven it. virus helped explain by example of system fragility based on gaming broken modelling.

  6. I’m willing to bet that Australia will do a Bhutan and vaccinate the majority of people by end of June.
    Morrison will take credit for it.
    Australians don’t want the border open until the virus is eliminated, however they do want to travel again.


    I can’t see why we don’t onshore our own mRNA vaccine production here. I don’t care if it takes 3 years or whatever to get into production. This particular virus gonna keep rolling and evolving for years. Plus there’ll be more pandemics/outbreaks of other diseases over the next decades. It’s basically a national security net benefit. As well as creating and sustaining industry here.

    We’ve got the scientists and such. Just need the political will.. Oh.. (cries)

    • Private hands could go to govt.

      – co invest in this, or
      – don’t, in which case we’ll build it then wehn you need it boy howdy it’s going to cost you

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      But,but,but , we have signed onto the party mates AstraZeneca jab ya know, contracts and heavy compensation agreements.
      The Code of the Sponsors.

    • Some history here. Just before they got privatised the old Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) managed to convince their public service minders to fund building a state-of-the-art blood fractionation facility. I remember that one of the experts brought out to inspect the facility after it was completed described it like using a rolls royce for a taxi. In other words it was built to a standard much higher than future cash flows warranted. Then in the privatisation process CSL insisted that it be valued on a cash flow basis so its valuation dropped massively and the new shareholders picked up a screaming bargain (with both the facility and the company itself). Expect a similar play here: clearly CSL needs a new generation vaccine facility and they will be working their Melbourne Club butts off to make sure that governments pay for it while they end up owning it. Meanwhile the old effectively obsolete egg based vaccine production line is being milked.

  8. When there have been ZERO long-term studies into the side effects and efficacy of the current vaccines they are experimental.
    And there is nothing but intelligence in slow walking usage under such conditions, especially when the total deaths to covid over the last 6 months amount to approximately 6 people.

    (and if that sounds too much for you consider the death rate for the regular flu is much higher than 1 per month).

    Our current societal settings are not harming us – and the breather from mass immigration is welcome – there is literally no need to rush.

  9. I honestly don’t understand how we can’t get the vaccination roll out working. (well I can, the Feds are trying to do it themselves).

    We have a perfectly good private vaccination industry – the example being the annual flu vaccination where I reckon we give probably 10 million or so shots in a couple of months.

    Try the firm my company uses. We pay them to come out for 2 days. There is an online portal to sign up, they email a confirmation time and then text you a reminder on the day. You show up to the conference room, the clinician gives you a shot and a chupa chup and you are off. It is terribly efficient.