Melbourne lockdown extended for another week

The daily Victorian COVID briefing is taking place with the lockdown for Melbourne being extended for at least another week; although regional Victoria will come out of lockdown from midnight Thursday.

This will mean that Melburnians will have endured around 23 weeks of hard lockdown since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The state government is now begging the feds for financial assistance – a JobKeeper style program for impacted Victorian businesses.

It will be interesting to watch the fallout from this debacle. I would not be surprised if there is a renewed exodus of residents from Melbourne as we face our second winter of discontent on the back of endless hotel quarantine bungles.

Unconventional Economist


  1. At least this lockdown I’m not jobless like I was last year. Makes it somewhat more bearable knowing I have income coming in.

    • Could have been worse, they could have said 2 weeks.

      To be honest I think they only said 1 week more because it’s not palatable to say 2 weeks yet. But it will be 2 weeks.

      I think Victoria has been unlucky, I don’t know if other states will be able to avoid another lockdown yet.

          • Mining BoganMEMBER

            Geez, I know most of those streets and paths. Some I ride, some I run, especially out the back of that gravel bit in Watsonia. In lockdown you get to run Gresswell Forest reserve than onto the Strathallan golf course that isn’t being used.

            Some of the Lalor and Thomastown stuff though…you take your life in your hands riding around there.

          • Arthur Schopenhauer

            Yeah, I’ve run Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Heidelberg Golf Courses. Wouldn’t it be great if one Sunday a month, the public courses were golf free!

  2. Hopefully viccos remember this at the next Fed poll. Quarantine and vaccine failures are root causes of this.

    • blacktwin997MEMBER

      You think A-team Albo and BA Bowen would have organised a better piss-up in this particular brewery?

      • RobotSenseiMEMBER

        It’s pretty hard to do worse than “doing nothing”.

        Talk about lazy logic. This Lib government is incapable of even their most basic function.

      • BubbleyMEMBER

        blacktwin997 – Who cares about Labor. They are not in power and haven’t been since 2013

        Scott Morrison is responsible for the failed vaccine rollout.
        Quarantine is also the responsibility of the Federal government. It was written into the constitution in 1907 and the days of Cholera ships. It was last update around 2005.

        So it you want to look at who has failed Victorians and all Australians – look at Scott Morrison.

        • All the states and territories were idiots. They picked up the problem because the Feds were useless. As soon as they picked it up, they become responsible. If they had held a little longer and not blinked so damn early the Feds would have been on the hook for the whole damn lot.

          • Arthur Schopenhauer

            If the states hadn’t done the heavy lifting, we’d be in the state as the UK.

          • BubbleyMEMBER

            That’s easy to say when looking in the rear view mirror Gareth, but the reality is if the states hadn’t shut down the virus, it would be rampant.

            Here in the NT we have massive levels of diabetes and compromised health. The Royal Darwin Hospital has only 12 critical care beds and 7 of them are full right now.

            We simply couldn’t afford to play chicken with the fed government and the virus.

    • Fed LNP. Yes, T!ts + bull. They have done nothing.

      Vic Labor. Incompetent blame shifters.

      Both deserve to be annihilated next election. Will they? NO

    • Interesting table though in the weekend SMH. Number of quarantine breaches in one column and number of international arrivals in the other.
      NSW was running at less than one breach per 25000 arrivals. It was doing better than NZ. Victoria at more like one in 8000 was comfortably the winner.

  3. DodgydamoMEMBER

    Back on topic – what an overreaction! Where is the deluge of cases from the super contagious strain? The 6 new cases per day from 50000 tests is mostly explained away by false positives in that sample size FFS!!
    And some of the others will be lying just like the Adelaide pizza man with the super infectious variant last year
    A bit more on the jumping at shadows here:
    For the record I supported the lockdowns last year and would do so now if the evidence supports it but I’m sorry it just isn’t there right now. It’s been a week sice the first panic and people were supposed to be infected within 48 hours of contact so we ought to have hundreds a day by now from Highpoint, Epping supermarkets, Chapel St clubbers, footy fans etc

    • Damage control on The Project with the usual suspects..experts spouting con fusing non sense about covid 19 covid Corona bat flu, injun strain, delta strain, alpha, beta, gamma delta:)) nobody dying, nobody getting hurt apart from those taking the jab & getting (their) shot..ouchy ouchy needle hurry🤮😡🤢