ScoMo does ‘Mad Gladys’ shoving Australians under the Covid bus – tar and feathers await LNP

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has extolled the ‘Mad Gladys’ line that it is ‘we’ who must ‘Learn to Live’ with the virus – including the latest Omicron variant sweeping the world.  With this emphasis ScoMo is walking away from his Government’s responsibility for it being in Australia, and for the health of Australians, after spending more than $300 Billion dollars in economic response to the advent of Covid 19.

On Bribie Island Queensland yesterday the Prime Minister stated:-

‘But we’re not going back to lockdowns, we’re not going back to shutting down people’s lives. We’re going forward to live with this virus with common sense and responsibility. And there will be other variants beyond Omicron. And we have to ensure as a country and as leaders around the country, we have put in place measures that Australians can live with. And what that means is we have to move from a culture of mandates to a culture of responsibility. That’s how we live with this virus into the future.’

‘But as a country, we’ve got to get past the heavy hand of government and we’ve got to treat Australians like adults, and we all have our own responsibility in our communities and for our own health.’

‘We just need to live with this virus sensibly and practically. From mandates to responsibility. And as governments around the country, because, as you know, the states have the total authority when it comes to public health measures, the Commonwealth does not have the power to direct those state and territory governments. And so what I’ll be saying to them, and I know a number of premiers agree with this, is that we’ve got to move to the next phase of how we live with this virus.’

ScoMo made these comments with modelling suggesting Australia could be looking at 200 thousand cases per day come late January, and with other nations already acting to reinstate quarantine in the face of Omicron.

For the record…….

  • ScoMo is a Prime Minister of a nation with no land borders, meaning the only way for the virus to enter is via an airport terminal. Despite an overtly stated Constitutional responsibility for Quarantine, ScoMo has failed to build or ensure effective national quarantine facilities for Australia, nearly 2 years after the first Covid case arrived in Australia.

 

  • ScoMo has prioritised opening Australia’s borders and bringing in visa holders, students, tourists and agricultural workers, despite alienating hundreds of thousands of Australians stranded offshore since the global advent of the virus. His government is openly exhorting, and prioritising the arrival of more than 200 thousand migrants before June next year, despite these people being the biggest single source of risk for people in Australia of the arrival of Covid in Australia.

 

  • ScoMo is a man who has splashed about billions of Australian tax dollars to help companies posting mega profits post bigger profits via JobKeeper. This has also ensured thousands of often affluent professionals, with scope to structure their finances accordingly, were enabled government funded sabbaticals in what is already being seen as the largest ever cash giveaway by an Australian government.

 

  • ScoMo did this while ensuring ordinary working Australians were tied to their employers for support they received, and that the thousands of contracted and casualised Australians who were ‘stood down’ at the drop of a hat when Covid did hit were only begrudgingly and minimally supported. Thousands of these are now being shafted by rapidly rising rental costs or seeing the prospect of them ever being able to afford a home of their own go out the window due to turbocharged housing prices – largely fueled by the economic supports put in place to address Covid.

 

 

  • ScoMo exhorted the one State disinclined to lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus in June 2021 when the failed quarantine arrangements in place at Australia’s major international gateway facilitated the spread of Covid delta in Australia. He was openly dismissive of the epic struggle carried out in Victoria in 2021 and 2020 to eliminate the virus, and the hard borders imposed by Queensland, South Australia and West Australia.  He cheered on Mad Gladys Berejiklian when she facilitated the entry of the virus in June 2021 by not locking down in Sydney.

ScoMo is a Prime Minister suggesting the handling of Covid 19 from here is some sort of ‘individual responsibility’ in the face of mounting evidence the Omicron variant is spreading around the world at unprecedented rates.

He seems to be suggesting it is ‘individual responsibility’ when his government controls the quarantine of the hundreds of thousands of people – the biggest single likely source of Covid in the lives of Australians – his government has already started importing into Australia from locations where the Omicron variant is already prevalent and spreading.

He seems to be suggesting that it is ‘individual responsibility’ when the ‘vaccines’ Australians have taken in overwhelming numbers, signing a waiver in the process – in response to the exhortations of his government – are so woeful in terms of their protective effect they are at risk at peak protection – still capable of getting and transmitting the virus – and need boosters within weeks.

He seems to be suggesting it is ‘individual responsibility’ when his government is ‘mandating’ vaccinations for children as young as 5 when data about the implications for those children is doubtful, the actual benefits of doing so for those children is quite minimal, and where the health impacts of repeated vaccinations (as would be implied by the existing vaccines having such a limited lifespan) on growing children may have considerable risk.

He seems to be suggesting it is a ‘heavy hand’  when State governments determining their responsibility for the protection of their citizens mandate mask wearing, crowd limitations, or lockdowns.  He seems to have completely walked away from the position he exhorted countless times about vaccination leading to an ability for Australia to open up safely.  He seems completely unable to acknowledge any form of behavioural modification, mask wearing and spacing, or lockdown, in the appropriate management of the virus.

The utterly palsied implications of this are nicely articulated in this piece in the Canberra Times by Professor Ross Gordon at the Queensland University of Technology.

But health behavioural expert at the Queensland University of Technology Ross Gordon warned Australia’s plans were based on now-defunct assumptions over vaccine efficacy, arguing ongoing “low cost” measures – mask mandates, check-in apps, and indoor density limits – would mitigate spiraling case numbers.

Mask mandates have returned across the northern hemisphere with Omicron growing roots.

Professor Gordon said Australia had so far managed the pandemic in a “much less damaging way” than many European countries, but feared it was now “going in the opposite direction”.

“It’d be great to have a Christmas that we all thought we were going to have, but Omicron has changed things dramatically,” he said.

“[These measures are] not too much of an imposition. It’s not a lockdown. It still allows people to go about their everyday business, but it’s just in a slightly safer way.”

Professor Gordon rejected the Prime Minister’s binary shift to personal responsibility, saying Australians need to be supported by “clear signals” from their leaders.

“It’s hard to suggest that it’s all about personal responsibility. It’s about government and the population working together to try and navigate us through the pandemic,” he said.

“It’s all well and good to say that a lot of responsible Australians might keep using a mask, anyway … [but] it just leaves that lack of clarity about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing.”

The emergence of Omicron has also raised the prospect of restrictions being reimposed sporadically as new mutations reached Australian shores.

Professor Gordon believed localised lockdowns and mask mandates were “very likely” to continue over the next few years, with vaccines never likely to be a “silver bullet”.

“Our political leaders globally, not just in Australia, have sold this story that all we need to do to get out of this is get double-jabbed, and unfortunately that’s not proving to be the case,” he said.

“I don’t think it was wise to over-egg that argument. It was always going to be the case that vaccines are part of the mix, but behavioural change is important as well.”

In the face of such well informed concerns about the potential implications for Australia of Covid the Prime Minister seems to be that individual Australians carry the ‘responsibility’ while he sets course for post political career comfort having palpably failed at the core responsibility he has to all Australians.

Well let us all talk about ‘heavy hands’ and ‘responsibility’.  Either Covid carries health implications worthy of $300 billion worth of outlays or it doesn’t.  If it does then is a government mandate on behaviours to protect people a ‘heavy hand’?  If it doesn’t then was the outlay of more than $300 billion an appropriate use of public funds?

  • The people of Australia would like to know if the ScoMo government has been a ‘heavy hand’ for the effective handling of Covid in Australia.
  • The people of Australia would like to know where the ‘responsibility’ of the ScoMo government has been at any level.

The only way we will get answers to these questions is by a Royal Commission into the advent of Covid19 in Australia.

The only way we get this is by Scott Morrison driving to Yarralumla and seeking writs for a Federal Election.

ScoMo should do this as a Christmas gift to the people of Australia…..And the people of Australia should use their ‘heavy hand’ to get a white hot poker and insert some ‘responsibility’ into this government, and we should do it before the current government hands over a stool in a letterbox to the next government or blows the budget to smithereens with more giveaways to their mates (again).

It is time for scalps…

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  1. steven.grellmanMEMBER

    There’s still ample of opportunity for them to do a lot more damage between now and the election.

  2. I have been advocating a vote for independent candidates, however I am thinking it may be the best thing to just go straight to Labor and be done with this shambles.

      • Tassie TomMEMBER

        AlexD, do it! If you think Labor or the Greens have got some good stuff going for them but other stuff is bad, then join one of them and be a part of the solution. It’s the only way.

          • TheRedEconomistMEMBER

            Just do it .. joined on the weekend whilst sitting on the beach over the weekend.

            Looks like Xmas lunch is canned in my family. A cousin who was hosting just did two rapid antigen which came back positive. He is now camping out in his backyard whilst his family is self isolating inside.

            What a debacle.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            TheRedEconomist

            It is a catastrophe that anyone thinks Labor would have done better. I just can’t believe what I’m reading.

            We would have had covid refugees.

            Hey, wasn’t it Labor that forced that infected Indians return when delta emerged?

            God help this country if Australians are looking at Labor as a solution.

        • There’s about a 90-95% overlap with commonly discussed “MB policy” and Greens policy. The only significant divergence is on immigration.

          That said, let’s face it, immigration is the #1 (if not only) issue a lot of people here care about, even if they claim otherwise.

          And I always recommend chucking an Independent or minor party rep like SAP to vote #1 for if you have one.

          http://www.chickennation.com/voting/

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Great.

            So you could now obviously acknowledge that Greens position on immigration is destroying the environment?

          • Population growth is the most serious issue that we face in terms of the environment and the well-being of the people, both globally and locally. You can’t see this because the Left is in denial on this issue, since admitting it would interfere with sacred values such as diversity and inclusion. Some of our environmental problems are due to ignorance (introducing invasive species, for example), but most are simply due to too many people wanting too much, and especially too many people. See, for example, this presentation by William Rees, a Canadian scientist who was involved in developing ecological footprint analysis. He estimates that the Earth could sustainably support perhaps 1-2 billion people at a decent standard of living and shows that growth in population since 1960 has been far greater than growth in consumption.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3nCFwhV-9E

            Immigration is what is driving overpopulation in Australia, but I, and I suspect most of us, would be jumping up and down just as hard if we had no immigration at all and overpopulation was being driven by too many white Australian babies. No party or organisation in denial on this issue deserves support, especially not ones that pretend to be concerned with the environment;

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Fantastic comment Tania.

            The pinup guy of the woke parties, Flannery, puts Australia’s sustainable population at between 9 and 12m.

            Should be no problem for the environment to cope with five times that…(then of course, we’ll be heading to 200m because technology fixes everything…water? not an issue at 50m).

            Environmental parties (and voters) don’t have a fking clue what they’re talking about.

            I’d add that most pest species impact occurs mostly around houses. More houses means more cats, dogs, introduced weeds and insects….and…of course the houses are in the most diverse and fragile habitats on the coast.

            Check out Jordies rubbish about the fluffy koalas….Ask him why, in the 44 minute youtube, he didn’t mention either population, nor the habitat is being mined for gravel that’s 100% associated with immigration/growth. The Labor shill blocked me first comment I made.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfVLsAzr50I&ab_channel=friendlyjordies

            Labor, leftists, Greens, Jordies are enemies of Australia, our offspring, and the environment.

          • Population growth is the most serious issue that we face in terms of the environment and the well-being of the people, both globally and locally. You can’t see this because the Left is in denial on this issue, since admitting it would interfere with sacred values such as diversity and inclusion.

            Bullsh!t.

            Few disagree problems would be easier to solve with fewer people, but there is no feasible way to meaningfully reduce population in a useful timescale, globally or locally. Therefore the focus must be on reducing consumption.

            You can do your usual whinge and disingenuous flips back and forth between local and global context, but that’s the simple truth of it.

            On top of that, the majority of local environmental damage is caused by things independent of local population. Mining, land clearing, misuse of water, pollution, etc.

            No party or organisation in denial on this issue deserves support, especially not ones that pretend to be concerned with the environment;

            Nobody with a monomaniacal focus on one issue – and the hardest and longest to address at that – should be anywhere near making policy. This is an issue that needs pragmatic, broad and multifaceted solutions. Single-issue zealotry won’t work.

          • “Bullsh!t. (snip)….but there is no feasible way to meaningfully reduce population in a useful timescale, globally or locally.
            Well for ‘locally’ that’s categorically false, sovereignty is a thing. Reducing foreign aid can rationalise the foreign population too.

            “Therefore the focus must be on reducing consumption.”

            So, reducing foreign aid will also accomplish this?

            “You can do your usual whinge and disingenuous flips back and forth between local and global context, but that’s the simple truth of it.

            On top of that, the majority of local environmental damage is caused by things independent of local population. Mining, land clearing, misuse of water, pollution, etc.”

            Mining exists to serve a final end-of-line consumption item, land clearing exists to serve a final end-of-line consumption item
            The scale of water and air pollution occurs in a direct correlation to the scale of end-of-line consumption items.

            “No party or organisation in denial on this issue deserves support, especially not ones that pretend to be concerned with the environment”

            Nor do the ones who hypocritically assert this is a uniquely paramount challenge solve, then remain completely silent when immigration is the greatest factor in solving it.

            “Nobody with a monomaniacal focus on one issue – and the hardest and longest to address at that – should be anywhere near making policy. This is an issue that needs pragmatic, broad and multifaceted solutions.”

            No, that doesn’t work. Broad and multi-faceted approaches solve no real problems, it just lets incompetent quota-hires a cushy seat at the table accompanied by an oversized pay cheque, to spurt garbage. Diversity of thought when it comes to problem solving is a weakness.

            It needs resolve, impune resolve.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “but there is no feasible way to meaningfully reduce population in a useful timescale, globally or locally”

            What complete and utter rubbish. WTF are you talking about!!!!!!!!!!

            “the focus must be on reducing consumption”

            Who’s going to vote for that? Australians will vote for less consumption for sure, but not for them.

            “the majority of local environmental damage is caused by things independent of local population. Mining, land clearing, misuse of water, pollution”

            Nope. In addition, all those industries provide for consumption, revenue and employment for more people.

            “Nobody with a monomaniacal focus on one issue – and the hardest and longest to address at that – should be anywhere near making policy. This is an issue that needs pragmatic, broad and multifaceted solutions. Single-issue zealotry won’t work”

            Without fighting the core problem, you may as well do nothing.

            That is probably the most ridiculous comment I’ve seen from you. It can’t have been easy to beat the others.

          • Well for ‘locally’ that’s categorically false, sovereignty is a thing. Reducing foreign aid can rationalise the foreign population too.

            My mistake, I guess I need to start tacking “ethically and morally” on the end again.

            Mining exists to serve a final end-of-line consumption item, land clearing exists to serve a final end-of-line consumption item
            The scale of water and air pollution occurs in a direct correlation to the scale of end-of-line consumption items.

            And…?

            No, that doesn’t work. Broad and multi-faceted approaches solve no real problems, […]

            LOL.

            “For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

          • What complete and utter rubbish. WTF are you talking about!!!!!!!!!!

            Figured out how you’re going to do it yet ?

            Who’s going to vote for that? Australians will vote for less consumption for sure, but not for them.

            And that’s the problem.

            Nope.

            Yep.

            Without fighting the core problem, you may as well do nothing.

            Immigration isn’t a core problem. It’s a multiplier of other problems.

          • Tend to agree, Australia, MB’s and the right’s obsession about population is based on the old ZPG Zero Population Growth started with Paul ‘Population Bomb’ Ehrlich, and Steve Bannon’s muse the deceased white nationalist John ‘passive eugenics’ Tanton (both Ehrlich & Tanton have visited Australia and liaised with Sustainable Population while Tanton was a public admirer of the ‘white Oz policy’); supported by fossil fuels and auto (Rockefeller Bros., Ford & Carnegie Foundations) while nowadays operating in same universe as Koch think tanks round the GOP and Tories.

            In both Australia and the UK local offshoots use pseudo science, dodgy data and legacy media to deflect from meaningful environmental and other regulatory constraints on fossil fuels, while trying to co-opt centre/left, Greens and Labor for a white nationalist libertarian experiment, on behalf of power.

            Till Trump, they had most success in Australia over a generation or two, including many ageing Labor types mainstreaming white nationalist eugenics based tropes masquerading as environmental and block constraints on fossil fuels/carbon emissions; how smart are Australians?

          • Andrew the Greens Party supported stable population back in the 90s before the science-guided environmentalists were pushed out by the radical Left. Learn your history.

          • It is actually you, drsmithy, who are the single issue zealot, because you want to focus exclusively on consumption, while the rest of us are more than willing to agree that excessive consumption is also a serious issue. I would agree with you about only focusing on consumption, at least from the local point of view, if our population were not growing. You and the Greens, however, are quite happy to make the consumption problem worse, at least by inaction. More people are going to mean more consumption. People have to consume in order to survive and consume much more to have a decent quality of life. People mostly migrate to Australia to increase their consumption. As Rusty Penny has pointed out, those environmentally damaging export industries exist to facilitate consumption, here as well as abroad. Australia’s Genuine Progress Indicator rating peaked in the 1970s when Australia had around 15 million people people. Australia’s State of the Environment reports have shown quite steady deterioration since they started in 1996. The Australian Museum claims that our population growth is the major factor in Australia’s loss of biodiversity. See

            https://australian.museum/learn/science/biodiversity/whats-happening-to-australias-biodiversity/

            Andrew either doesn’t understand about the environment or doesn’t care, because he believes that it will last his time. That is why he assumes that the only possible reason to be concerned about population growth is racism.

          • It is actually you, drsmithy, who are the single issue zealot, because you want to focus exclusively on consumption, while the rest of us are more than willing to agree that excessive consumption is also a serious issue.

            This is false.

            I would agree with you about only focusing on consumption, at least from the local point of view, if our population were not growing. You and the Greens, however, are quite happy to make the consumption problem worse, at least by inaction.

            I’ve spent over ten years on this forum in favour of reducing immigration.

            As Rusty Penny has pointed out, those environmentally damaging export industries exist to facilitate consumption, here as well as abroad.

            And…?

            The Australian Museum claims that our population growth is the major factor in Australia’s loss of biodiversity.

            Everyday, more people need more space, consume more resources and generate more waste as world population continues to grow at an alarming rate.

            I have never once suggested that reducing population isn’t a good idea, but I am still waiting for someone to come up with a way to reduce Australia’s population by 10-15 million, and the world’s by several billion (or maybe just 1/2 – 3/4 of a billion if you started at the highest consumer and worked backwards). When you have that, you’ll have a solid reason to prioritise population.

          • kierans777MEMBER

            Unfortunately Rusty Penny spears your point well.

            Mining exists to serve a final end-of-line consumption item, land clearing exists to serve a final end-of-line consumption item
            The scale of water and air pollution occurs in a direct correlation to the scale of end-of-line consumption items.

            Sure, western nations do waste a lot and could be more efficient with resource usage. We could also be less greedy. However we’re trying to also raise the standards of living for poorer nations which means we’re trying to increase their consumption/resource usage. I don’t know what the ethical answer here is, however at least I admit the problem. Population growth is both a multiplier and a cause. If we have less people then the economics driving increased consumption fall apart. Which is why neoliberals will never admit the role population growth (and immigration in the Australian context) play in exacerbating environmental issues like resource depletion, climate change, species extinction, etc.

          • Unfortunately Rusty Penny spears your point well.

            No, he doesn’t.

            Sure, western nations do waste a lot and could be more efficient with resource usage. We could also be less greedy. However we’re trying to also raise the standards of living for poorer nations which means we’re trying to increase their consumption/resource usage. I don’t know what the ethical answer here is, however at least I admit the problem. Population growth is both a multiplier and a cause. If we have less people then the economics driving increased consumption fall apart. Which is why neoliberals will never admit the role population growth (and immigration in the Australian context) play in exacerbating environmental issues like resource depletion, climate change, species extinction, etc.

            You need to be clear about what “population growth” you’re talking about – Australian or global ? Because people like Tania and Totes love to dishonestly flip backwards and forwards between the two without indication or context.

            Most of the environmental consequences in this country are related to export industries, serving global population, over which we have no control. That is the point I repeatedly make when the argument that environmental damage is the result of _local_ population growth (ie: could be “fixed” by stopping immigration).

            I have never “denied” that local or global population is a problem. My argument here is simply that there’s no _remotely_ ethical way to effect change through population, so there’s simply no worthwhile discussion to be had. In a global context, you would have to be actively killing people at the scale of tens of millions a year – alongside forced sterilisations, withholding of medical care, etc – to even begin to have an impact in a useful timescale. In a local context (which would still have zero practical impact on climate change), you would have to remove ca. 10 million people from the country, through some combination of “encouraging” death, actively killing, and deporting (say, anyone less than second-generation Australia).

            Consequently, repeatedly, and persistently, raising population as some sort of variable that can be modified is ignorant at best, malicious at worst. It’s politically, ethically and morally the most difficult thing to address, and the least responsive to technological solutions. Focus must be primarily, if not entirely, on reducing consumption through a combination of both overall reduction (ie: less disposable crap) and more efficient production. In as much as population can be addressed in an ethical fashion, it will happen as a side effect of elevating living standards by reducing consumption (ie: as everyone gets richer, they will have fewer babies – this is already happening basically everywhere).

            I remain open to sensible conversation on this topic, but it is generally lacking because, as usual, all anyone wants to try and do is reverse engineer some argument from a “reduce immigration” conclusion.

            (It’s worth considering that if you were going to try and apply some sort of objective “least harm” principle to addressing climate change and environmental damage through population reduction, then the logical conclusion would be to kill the richest billion or so on the planet – this is not the conclusion most of the people trying to raise population want to hear.)

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Don’t do it. Now is the time to destroy the duopoly. 2019, Australians refused to vote Labor, now they’re refusing to vote LNP.

      You seriously think those fking imbeciles would have been better? They would have created so many woke drama’s they wouldn’t have had time to deal with covid. They would have been bullied by MSM big business into doing whatever they wanted too.

      Labor should never be considered a solution ever again. They just aren’t, and you know it.

      Don’t do it. Be part of the solution.

      Leave LNP and Labor 2nd and 3rd last and Greens dead last.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        It’s the LNP that has failed us most Totesy.
        Why wouldn’t you put them dead last?
        If your in a seat without an independent with a chance (most seats) then your just suggesting we all vote to be ruled by the LNP again!
        Didn’t you just read Gunna’s article?
        Are you sure your not an IPA man?
        You keep claiming your not but you sure do quack like one on their payroll.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          You’d never leave Greens in a position of forming government. No one in their right mind would do that. So, goes without saying they’re left dead last.

          ..”Leave LNP and Labor 2nd and 3rd last”…

          If you did that, and an independent didn’t pick up the seat, Labor would win.

          You’ve got nothing to complain about.

          Me personally would never risk another Labor government. I couldn’t watch it happen again, so I’d be leaving LNP 3rd last, Labor 2nd last, and Greens dead last.

          Anyone with a love of Australia and a brain would leave these 3 last in whatever order they chose.

          Do you love Australia ermo?

          • The Traveling Wilbur 🙉🙈🙊

            You know what would fix your Greens problem?

            MOAR people voting Labor. MOAR.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Australians have rejected Labor partially BECAUSE of the risk of another Greens and Labor coalition.

            Labor have broken their party by retaining extreme leftist inner city MPs like Plibersek (defending seats from the Greens), and disregarding what the regional Labor MPs were saying…(no, not Fitzgibbon)

            To make Plibersek etal the overwhelming dominant voices was beyond absurd.

            The people that unbelievably still don’t understand what’s going on say…”Plibersek as leader is Labor’s solution”

            It cracks me up

            The election results map tells us EVERYTHING we need to know about Australian politics.

            Labor won’t win a majority, and we’re going to have political chaos.

          • “No one in their right mind would do that”

            And there you go boys and girls the wing nut loon pond statement of authority that has no underpinnings save I [borrowed/indoctrinated ideology] said so and everyone else that disagrees regardless of opinion or facts is irrational/illogical and stoopid …

            Hay champ are you as dim as Stephen Morris and their ilk and think emotive branch displays are some form of argument and by way what authority are you channeling as an individual to make such pronouncements ….

    • Yes. Vote for independents next election or something. This has gone too far, it ain’t about getting the best in the door right now, it is about getting the worst scum out. Just take the easy Labor road out and get independents next time.
      I want no chance we have any sort of minority govt when this lot still have a job.

  3. Diogenes the CynicMEMBER

    Worst Prime Minister ever. We’ve hit rockbottom and are now drilling into the mantle. He makes Tones seem adequate. I now instantly mute the radio when he comes on, it is better for my blood pressure and he has zero chance to change my view of him. This is a guy who funded the attack on WA’s hard border (Clive’s law suit) which was bizarre as had he done his job on QUARANTINE there would have been no need for hard state borders.

    • He really is an imbecile, he’s yet again painted himself into a corner, everything is binary until it’s not. Abbot had an epic tin ear, Morrison just has no fn idea and would be the death of us all through sheer stupidity. I’d say he’d do anything to win, but he really has no clue what he is doing.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Gillard and Rudd left the benchmark so high, it’ll never be reached again is the opinion of most Australians outside Sydney and Melbourne.

      Morrison hasn’t terminally damaged LNP….YET.

    • Worst Prime Minister ever. We’ve hit rockbottom and are now drilling into the mantle. He makes Tones seem adequate.

      Basically every time someone has said “well how much worse could they be”, someone in the Liberal Party has jumped up and replied “hold my beer and watch this”.

      That applies as much to individual members as it does to just the PM.

    • I have a negative physiological response to his name, voice, or image. I am a pretty hardened individual, and this is a new experience for me.

      In addition to the democratic electoral process, perhaps we need to put any aspiring future PM through a battery of tests to determine if they have the basic aptitude, honesty, intelligence, and humanity needed to acquit the immense responsibilities entrusted to them.

      Because it sure ain’t this guy.

  4. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, having overseen more than $300 Billion dollars in economic response to the advent of Covid 19, has extolled the ‘Mad Gladys’ line for handling the Omicron variant, declaring ‘We must ‘Learn to Live’ with the virus, while walking away from his Government’s responsibility for it being in Australia and for the health of Australians.
    This read like a hot pin in the eye. Anyone that has scoped “expert” opinion would know much of what the NSW and Federal government has said, bar a few sound bites, is a lie.

    ” Despite an overtly stated Constitutional responsibility for Quarantine, ScoMo has failed to build or ensure effective national quarantine facilities for Australia, nearly 2 years after the first Covid case arrived in Australia.
    Amen. He served up enough corporate welfare to ensure record profits during covid while the rest of us got shafted. We all slugged it out with one another, while they continue to be buffered better than us all. Living with covid really should have entailed a decent quarantine infrastructure but…..

    ”He seems to be suggesting it is a ‘heavy hand’ when State governments determining their responsibility for the protection of their citizens mandate mask wearing, crowd limitations, or lockdowns. He seems to have completely walked away from the position he exhorted countless times about vaccination leading to an ability for Australia to open up safely. He seems completely unable to acknowledge any form of behavioural modification, mask wearing and spacing, or lockdown, in the appropriate management of the virus.”
    Nailed! While the experts told us hard truths, he peddled a lie.
    Gunna, thank you. I can tell you’re a busy man and that this was put together with some effort (2022!). So much resonates with me. I have a mother that entered aged care this year after her stroke in January. She’ll never walk, use her right hand or be able to do anything unassisted again. All her food needs to be puréed and even talking is agonizing where much of an hour can be spent just speaking a sentence. I know she doesn’t have long for this world but, who in all honesty has the right to play god here? Would you want to see your mother lying face down in an ICU ward gasping for air at the end? Would you want to be the one that infects her while visiting?
    It’s been a hard year for us all. I sometimes read LVOs words and think about my friends with kids on the spectrum. It’s really is a burden we all share in our own way. We’ve all been failed by our federal (and NSW) government comprehensively. Where you were coming from with last week’s post I’m sure.

    ”And the people of Australia should use their ‘heavy hand’ to get a white hot poker and insert some ‘responsibility’ into this government, and we should do it before the current government hands over a stool in a letterbox to the next government or blows the budget to smithereens with more giveaways to their mates (again).”
    Amen to that. Thanks again mate.

    • MerkwürdigliebeMEMBER

      I had a play around with the first stanza dude. It read like a pin in the eye but I was blue in the face after reading it aloud.

      I wrote the lot on the fly in a fit of righteous pique last night

      • ”I wrote the lot on the fly in a fit of righteous pique last night”
        I’m glad you did. Sometimes these things need to be said – warts and all. We are better off for it.

      • My thanks also Gunna. I have a few vulnerable family members through little to no fault of their own. It’s been a hard slog at times

        Sometimes knowing that there are others who are equally p!ssed off is the only thing that keeps me going.

        I wish you and yours all the best this Christmas and for 2022.

  5. 200k a day, what a stupid modeling, That would be 9 to 12 times more than the worst of UK
    LOL
    Morrison is totally right.This madness of counting non-sick people must stop.

    • MerkwürdigliebeMEMBER

      This is the same modelling they touted from the get go wasnt it?

      Omicron cases could hit 200,000 a day next year without tougher restrictions, Doherty modelling warns
      https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/omicron-cases-could-hit-200-000-a-day-next-year-without-tougher-restrictions-doherty-modelling-warns-20211221-p59ja0.html

      Surging Omicron infections will overwhelm the health system unless some restrictions return, according to modelling prepared for national cabinet that also recommends bringing coronavirus vaccine boosters forward.

      The Doherty Institute modelling predicts that without low-to-medium restrictions such as density and visitor limits, waning vaccine protection against the Omicron variant puts Australia on track to hit about 200,000 cases a day by late January or early February.

      “Boosters alone will not be fast enough to halt the spread of Omicron,” the modelling, seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, says.

      The modelling by a team of researchers including professors Jodie McVernon and James McCaw says rapidly growing case numbers would lift hospitalisation rates to 4000 a day. This would push emergency departments to capacity and fill the nation’s intensive care units, with between 8000 and 10,000 patients expected to be admitted to ICUs.

      It assumes only baseline public health safety measures – no stay-at-home-orders, low density requirements, no retail restrictions, schools open – and the partial test, trace, isolate and quarantine responses of a strained contact tracing system.

      The modelling also assumes that, in addition to being much more transmissible than the Delta variant, Omicron causes equally severe disease, stating that “all international modelling groups are using this conservative assumption”. This is despite early data out of South Africa suggesting Omicron may be less severe.

      It showed a hard lockdown could suppress the outbreak by the end of January, assuming 60 to 80 per cent of Australians received a three-month booster by then.

      “Looking at the impact of increasing uptake over time, a rapid booster program would likely enable control with minimal public health safety measures by end of March,” the modellers wrote on December 17.

      • The Traveling Wilbur 🙉🙈🙊

        That’s very unfair. Using actual facts in a debate; is that even allowed these days? I thought we were constrained to made-up facts and links to whatever muppet has most recently posted something on twitcentral. Shame.

    • Yep. Though I’m grateful for the fact that most seem to see through this outrageous ruse , I’m a bit disturbed that the fear mongering is infecting some otherwise worldly people.

      It’s basically Y2K bug levels of ridiculousness now.

      • MerkwürdigliebeMEMBER

        Guys, I buy the doubt on the Doherty modelling and the numbers it is producing.

        But

        It is the modelling which has been used by this government to frame its response to the advent of Covid.  It is currently positing Australia may within weeks be looking at 200K per day.  And if you look at the mainstream press this morning you will find the 200k reference at the ABC, SBS, Ninefax, News and the Guardian.  I heard it on the radio as I drove to work.

        Now.  On the one hand I do tend to the view that 200k a day would be a worst case result stemming from Australia having completely stuffed its handling of Covid.  On the other, if there is widespread reference to a number obtained by the modelling the government has used then would it be remiss not to mention that in a piece slagging off the government for its handling of Covid?

        As mentioned in the piece it simply and amply underlines the duality and hypocrisy of the government in its handling of Covid when its own modelling refers to 200k while at the same time it is fronted by a psychopath telling us it is our responsibility to live with it.  And when you couple it with the 300 billion already hosed onto Australia you rapidly come to the conclusion the health and economic response by our government and its advisors is incoherent and driven by ideology.

        • The Traveling Wilbur 🙉🙈🙊

          The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, simply respects the electorate’s capability to keep those two, mutually exclusive and unreconcilable competing concepts in the back of their minds while they, to their minds, quietly go about the day to day business of being Australian. He understands his people.

          After all, they’ve had plenty of practice at that – that’s how they manage to both have children and vote Liberal year after year.

        • This website predicted 100 000 deaths 2 years ago. ZERO credibility.

          “They’ , the MSM want everyone FEARFUL. It is so fuc%$#g obvious.
          200 000. What a laugh. Be dumb like everyone else. Go and get your booster. Be a good little boy.

          • RobotSenseiMEMBER

            The 200k number is coming from Doherty modelling. You know, that same modelling that said “she’ll be right” at 80%.

            Funny how Morrison can leap onto one set of Doherty modelling, but then hide another.

      • I have long believed that most people can’t think for themselves and are just plain stupid. It explains a lot. That this website keeps pedalling this garbage is no surprise. Being articulate and highly educated does not preclude one from not thinking clearly and being brainwashed by other supposed highly educated experts.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      ScoMo couldn’t give a rat’s – he’s got his supposed dog and that all that matters to him.

  6. Unless Morrison-Albanese Government opens migrant floodgates right now, they will never get back to Big Australia in 22-23 and Humungous Australia by 24-25. And how else are they supposed to achieve all-important “GDP growth”?

  7. All I can say is “I agree 100%”. Every article on local COVID, cancelling Christmas plans, personal responsibility, every lockdown, etc is a sign of how much the government has failed.

    It’s almost impossible to advocate personal responsibility when the consequences of not being responsible mostly fall on others and not the person who has deemed it OK for them. There is a huge incentive for low risk groups to be irresponsible since the risk of their decision is born by other groups.

    Dedicated quarantine should of started in 2019 when we thought vaccines would be “years away”. Given it destroys their chosen economic model however they sabotaged/stalled the states (dragged their feet) who in the end were forced to fund it themselves making them too late.

    • Who was responsible for your health during the heavy Australian flu season of 2018; which killed more people than Covid has in 2021?

      • Fishing – Absolutely invalid comparison. A lot of people with COVID have been locked down, vaccinated, quarantined, masked, etc which means a LOT less cases overall in COVID compared to the usual flu. You are comparing apples and oranges.

        For a given person, unvaccinated in both, COVID has a much higher sickness and fatality rate. Its the reason the reaction to it was so strong. This government (a Liberal govt too) wouldn’t of spend so much in JobSeeker and JobKeeper if they weren’t briefed this risk – as if they would give money to the middle/poorer classes unless they absolutely were forced to.

    • The other gaping flaw in the “personal responsibility” narrative is the lack of gathering and publishing all the information required to do it.

    • Ironically the elderly, the group most affected by Covid were the least kind to being locked down. The younger cohort, particularly women appreciated the lockdowns the most. Strangely, this is a group basically not affected by Covid statistically.

      What it tells me is that we have an older stoic generation who has gone through tough times and wants their final years to be full of things that bring them joy. The younger and more protected gender wants the world to serve them up a guaranteed risk free existence, perhaps exactly for the opposite reason of the elderly, they simply have not experienced enough hardship.

      There are many on here who appear to me to have never had to battle anything in their lives. You have no stoicism and want the world to protect you, like you would a child.

      Australians have no perspective, we have big fish small pond syndrome. Expand beyond the border of Australia and our little protectionist bubble comes crashing down rather quickly.

      We are on the bus wether we like it or not now because of Scomo and his band of scum, we did waste an opportunity. With that said look beyond our own horizon and we are a massive global anomaly.

      @Gunna. Your 300b is lowballed, the figures I have seen are 503b in direct govt response as modelled by Deloitte I believe.

      • Gareth, you seem to know the minds of young women so intimately and of older people as well. You must be such an empathetic person. So admirable.

        • I’m empathetic to the global situation and global issues. When it comes to CV-19, statistically, Australia’s issues are trivial.

          We are too protected, too insular and your response tells me you are triggered by what I said but offer no counterpoint to refute it.

          • Our paraphrase it for you …. ‘today’s younger generation in particular and more broadly the greater community are a bunch of spoilt soft coqs scared of a wimpy cold. There fixed.

          • We are too protected, too insular and your response tells me you are triggered by what I said but offer no counterpoint to refute it.

            Oldies know they’re already nearly dead so don’t give a fvck about other people having to deal with the consequences of their decisions.

            Same reason we have a massive property bubble, no meaningful action on climate change, and a tax and transfer system setup to aggressively milk the young for the benefit of the old.

          • kierans777MEMBER

            @drsmithy

            Same reason we have a massive property bubble, no meaningful action on climate change, and a tax and transfer system setup to aggressively milk the young for the benefit of the old

            Agreed. And we sure that during the market crash during COVID. The young who are asset and cash poor had to sell what little assets they had (super) to get money, while the old who are asset rich and maybe cash poor were propped up so that they didn’t have to sell into a falling market. We sacrificed the young for the old, and what’s more they didn’t even know it.

  8. If Labour can get the sort of vote that looks likely now and find a trigger for a double dissolution early on ( LNP actions during the pandemic have given them a large range to choose from ) then it should be possible for them to gain full control of the Senate and get some real change happening…………Many Senate independents and small parties have shown themselves to be ” let it rip ” merchants and in the likely pandemic circumstances in the first half of next year they will struggle to attract votes.

    • It’s not ‘let it rip”, it’s recognising and accepting that the hideous overrrach of the irrational fear induced medical authoritarian state is ludicrous.

      As with the current acknowledgment of China as a strategic threat, we have the inadvertent outcome of Scott Morrison’s disordered personality to thank for our liberation from the covid bullsh1t. Sure , Scotty might be releasing us from the covid death spiral merely to impress his business masters but the rest of us are the true beneficiaries.

      The days of your viral psychotic episode should be over by now. Seek medical help if your irrational fear persists.

      Having said that …..I can see more lockdowns on the cards.

  9. happy valleyMEMBER

    Another job for LNP alumni and mates – Scott Ryan, former speaker for the Senate, appointed High Commissioner to Canada – pfft to career diplomats . Get ready for the deluge between now and the election.

  10. working class hamMEMBER

    Did you intentionally find a smug photo, or are his fist magnet qualities present all the time?

  11. Exchange “get past heavy hand of government” for “embrace invisible hand of the free markets” and it all starts to make more sense … not that he read or understood what Adam Smith said never the less in its borrowing it means benefactor/beneficial …

  12. Whilst were at I would remind some of a critical distinction that is now playing out after decades of neoliberalism …

    In a classic, fifty-year-old paper entitled Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care, Arrow discussed how:

    “the operation of the medical-care industry and the efficacy with which it satisfies the needs of society differs from… a competitive model… If a competitive equilibrium exists at all, and if all commodities relevant to costs or utilities are in fact priced in the market, then the equilibrium is necessarily [Pareto] optimal” (emphasis added)

    Note the implicit assumption that price reflects value, to which I’ll return. As Arrow elegantly explained, there are vast differences between the actual healthcare market and the competitive model, and, moreover, these differences arise from important features of the actual healthcare market.

    Identifying the lack of realism of the competitive model in health care may lead to deeper understanding of the actual system. In essence this is what Arrow does. Although both medical care and our expectations have changed greatly, Arrow ’63 is still valid and worth reading today. – snip

    https://aheblog.com/2017/03/07/kenneth-arrow-on-healthcare-economics-a-21st-century-appreciation/

    All that time lost to advance some doctrinaire ideological agenda foist on everyone by corporatist back in the day … utopia is here today … its just not evenly distributed …

    • chuckmuscleMEMBER

      Yep. Tend to think the initial reaction (money hose aimed at mates) was driven in large part by the need to cover up the underinvestment in public health for the prior 50 years. The last thing they wanted to see was some 16yo wh1te girl dying in the street because some poor overworked doctor had to make a [email protected] choice of who gets what treatment. But similar 16yo girl having a bad reaction to the WuFlu shot causing blood clots throughout her body, and that s ok because someone made a profit from it. So yes, you’re right, utopia is here!!

      Also, anyone have any evidence that masks work? Not just N95, but the cloth ones bought from the $2 shop. Am beginning to think every time I put mine on am just performing kabuki theatre for the Karen’s out there.

      • Good quality masks do reduce risk if they have a proper seal and other wearing protocols are adhered too, sloppy masks can funnel air flow right to your nostrils, yet the biggest factor is always the air flow in ones proximity considering others around.

        I’ve spent decades working in Hazmat environments and still healthy at 60, close shave and short hair so mask seals properly is a big part of that. Heaps of good information on the web about proper fitment IMO.

        BTW the other side of the investment dramas is the self funded retirement model and how that would effect those flow of funds and its greater economic impact, so its a two’fer. Big reason I support a JG whilst other stuff is sorted out.

  13. Please keep article open for sharing.

    Scomocchio, I think, is way, way off here. He will be crucified in Vic. Maybe NSW too.

    The problem with his performative schlock is the notion people can act like adults. That is, judge risk. On this, they can’t.

    Most people are maskless in high density settings, even when there are plenty of local cases around. This tells you all you need to know about people’s risk judgement, I think.

    You need big dumb rules to account for the bottom.

    Is it really all that hard for NSW in particular to mandate masks indoors all settings, density limits, mandatory QR codes (to help contact tracing)? No, no it’s not.

    Perrotet really must have done some calculus on this.

    Be interesting to be a fly on the wall in National Cabinet-not-Cabinet today.

    • I’ll bet the Libs win the election. I think Morrison is not that unpopular. Yes he is corrupt qunt but people don’t care.

  14. Just what will be his “post political career”? Would you give him a job? Maybe Hillsong….Pastor Scott.

    • Nah. He and a complicit media will engage in a bit of the usual post-political career rewriting of history. Odds are in the long run he’ll be lauded as the PM who led us safely through the pandemic. Look at Gladys.

      Plenty of boards happy to offer someone like him a directorship. Don’t need too many of those to pull in an easy half mil or so a year.

    • The Grey RiderMEMBER

      200k will likely be as overstated as every other expert prediction we have heard since March last year.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Every other prediction didn’t unfold because state governments took action that altered the inputs.

        You can’t see that?

      • The ‘predictions’ were upside possibilities if no action was taken, thus justifying certain actions; then actions then meant those possibilities weren’t realised.

        Like Totes said, you can’t see that?

  15. Jumping jack flash

    Indications from Africa – one of the least vaccinated areas on the planet, and the UK, are that hospitalisations will be 10% of what they were with Delta.

    10% of 3/5ths of 5/8ths of sfa is pretty low.

    10s of thousands of cases in the UK – 75% of all cases, as of a couple of days ago, were Omicron. 7 deaths. 500 in hospital.

    I think this pandemic is licked. Remove all mandates now! And those experimental mRNA vaccines can crawl back into the pit they came from and undergo some proper trials before coming back out.

  16. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    Had a great conversation with this effeminate guy I met yesterday.

    I was interested in hearing his take on Labor, so I gently steered the conversation to politics.

    I could tell he was being cautious with me because I’m brown.

    He offered…”Labor are just too woke to vote for”…

    True story.

    Labor aren’t going to win, and Australia are way over LNP.

    This election is going to be chaos, hopefully leading to quantum change if we get it right.

    Don’t be a fool and mess this up by voting Labor.

    Leave the majors last below the line in whatever order you can stomach.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          Google him, and you’ll be as astonished as we were as young blokes that he got paid to do it with so many good sorts.

          • boomengineeringMEMBER

            Easy to get a portfolio of MB bloggers for reference. Totes is brown, Skippy is 60yo, Fishing labeled as anti vax, if haroldus goes missing look for a yacht, Hixter can be found wandering around central north of South Aust, etc, etc.

          • … Ermo often finds himself surrounded by sh!t, and when not attending Labor party functions he works as a plumber.

          • Claw the thing you seem befuddled about is neoliberalism is a right wing agenda and the so called left subscribed to it so that wing could ascend …

    • Jumping jack flash

      “Leave the majors last below the line in whatever order you can stomach.”

      Agree. Ive done this the past 2 elections. Maybe this time it’ll work!

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        I reckon most Australians would take the time to do it, if they understood the potential result.

      • working class hamMEMBER

        I think the swell is rising. Last election had the most primary votes going to smaller parties?

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        I know, but it reflects everything else I’m seeing and experiencing too.

        Except for here, where there seems to be a vibe of…”Labor couldn’t be worse”

        1. Yes they could be
        2. It doesn’t solve our ongoing big Australia neoliberal and environmental problems

        • Well let me increase your sample size by 100% there.. I thought Labor was way too woke last election to vote for them.
          Now will be voting for them because LNP is more corrupt than Labor is woke.
          There suck on that, now you have heard exactly the opposite from another person.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Only the dumbest Australians vote Labor.

            The rest of us are looking for a solution.

            Don’t be a dummy. You’re smarter than that.

          • This. There appears to be a general consensus that time for ALP (or at least ALP/Greens coalition) is ripe.
            Don’t think the Scum-master will be able to get away with another sado/scare campaign this time.
            House market is already too hot for the general public, boat people stuck in the COVID-imposed limbo…
            Bring it on!

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            ..”ALP (or at least ALP/Greens coalition) is ripe”…

            Yeah nah. They might be talking about that in the inner city, but everywhere else it’s a firm, no.

        • Being woke couldn’t be that harmful, could it? Having a strong border is unquestionably good, isn’t it?
          Victorian Ombudsman finds government’s COVID border exemption scheme was ‘unjust’ and ‘inhumane’

          (Ombudsman) Glass previously asked the government to apologise for human rights breaches related to a decision in 2020 to lock down residential towers in July of that year.
          She has again urged the government to apologise for its stringent approach to border exemptions.
          “I think what is really important is that the government acknowledge that the narrow exercise of discretion caused enormous distress, real anguish to many people.”

          Grieving WA parents granted last-minute exemption to return home with daughter’s remains

          Mr D’Argent said his daughter Robyn moved to Sydney for a “fresh start and better job opportunities” in the beauty industry before being diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in 2020.
          After having attempted to take her own life, Robyn applied on two occasions to return home but was denied, despite her declining mental health and having lived in WA most her life.
          “Struggling further with her mental issues, the inability to travel home to see her family and feeling she did not have the mental health support [she needed], Robyn took her life on December 1,” the heartbroken father-of-three told local radio 6PR on Monday.
          “It was absolutely devastating when we got the call.”

          I find it odd how quickly the media move on from matters such as these that focus on the outcomes of the climate of fear.
          Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone crisis support service is available on 13 11 14.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Woke Labor and Greens style will result in lost control of borders, and millions of visas we’ve not even thought of.

            Even worse than LNP. Yes, that is possible. We saw it with our own eyes.

          • RobotSenseiMEMBER

            Now imagine you’re stuck in a foreign country and your own government has no interest in repatriating you.

    • I reckon the Libs will some how crawl over the line Totes. Would love to see Labor lose again. GOLD.

  17. TheLambKingMEMBER

    -ScoMo is responsible overseeing private age care facilities where the majority of deaths have occurred.

    (during the height of the Victorian pre-vaccine outbreak not a single death occurred in state run age care facilities.)

    • MerkwürdigliebeMEMBER

      This completely!

      I dont like Andrews all that much but when push came to Covid in 2020 he at least stood and was counted for making sure people didnt die and he bailed out the private healthcare (aged care) outfits

      That Royal Commission needs to blow on these coals

  18. Jevons ghostMEMBER

    Latest COVID-related mortality data from the ABS; released today.

    Doctor certified deaths, COVID-19 infections, Australia, 26 Oct 2020 -31st Oct 2021 versus 2015-2019 benchmarks (see graphical data: link below)

    https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/latest-release

    Note the rapid exponential rise in the number of persons diagnosed as being SARS-2-CoV positive over the period early July 2021 through to mid October 2021. Note further that the number of doctor-certified deaths from the most common causes of death in the Australian community fell about 13% during that period. A seasonal effect perhaps? Note further that it is likely that many if not most of those deaths occurred in aged persons or in those younger persons known to have multiple co-morbidities (check out accompanying XL spreadsheet data). And check out the monthly deaths from pneumonia vs deaths attributed to SARS-2-CoV infection (XL spreadsheet – accompanying document, see below). My take from this data is that many of the deaths recorded as being caused by COVID19 in the high frequency months were likely not due to pneumonia. Case in point: August 2020: 452 deaths attributed to SARS-2-CoV infection, whereas 190 deaths total due to pneumonia. If not pneumonia, then what? Cytokine storm? Come on Mr Prime Minister. Throw some extra dollars into the health system and the ABS so that we all can have more detailed and objective data on causes of death attributed to SARS-2-CoV infection. For example, we need to know how the final diagnoses were arrived at, and what percentage of deaths occurred outside the hospital system.

    Provisional Mortality Statistics, Monthly Dashboard, Jan 2020-Oct 2021.xlsx

  19. Muttafukaburrasaurus.MEMBER

    The Mandate most absent from the political equation is Morrison’s mandate from the electorate he has rorted on behalf of his benefactors. He has no support to make any decisions that have repercussions beyond his term.
    This bastard needs to be on trial for corruption within 12 months.

    • +ZILLION
      Nuremberg style trial for the Lumpen Nazional Partei upper echelons and their benefactors!
      Hopefully, Albatross can finally grow a pair of cojones to be the man and rise to the occasion.

    • Morrison does not operate in the way of the traditional westminster system.
      Take the FAUKUS submarine deal that has made us a US military outpost, Scotty just announced it off his own accord.
      Parliament did not get a look in.
      Unfortunately the Covid outbreak has given him a lot of cover for unilateral action.

    • The Liberal party is all about governing for their crony mates. Every decision they make is driven by their crony mates interests.
      They are (in my opinion) utter scum, but they are totally powerless without votes. It is dumb voters who cause the problem when they vote Liberal number 1.

      • steven.grellmanMEMBER

        If an MP is not operating in the interests of their electorate or the nation then its treason, and should be treated as such.

      • It is dumb voters who cause the problem when they vote Liberal number 1.

        In most cases it doesn’t need to be 1, just needs to be higher than Labor.

    • The majority of the electorate are too dumb or ignorant to care about Morrison’s morals etc. It is house prices and jobs. Nothing else matters.

  20. In all my 72 years I have not seen any governments so misguided, ignorant and down right dangerous as the LNP Federal and NSW present administrations handling of the Covid crisis.
    What do they hope to achieve by ignoring the unanimous medical advice to act cautiously and reinstate social distancing, mask wearing and QR coding in the face of exponential growth in covid infections?
    After spending years salivating after the Premiership of NSW one of Dom Perrottet ‘s first acts is to throw his hands in the air and absolve himself of responsabilty for the handling of the Omricon outbreak
    Meanwhile Prime Minister Morrison sensing his re-election hopes evapourating, does a commendable Boris Johnson impersonation, dithering and blathering in an effort to avoid a screaming U turn on opening up for Xmas.
    What is it about these publicly declared religious politicians that they lack all empathy and compassion for their constituents ?
    Is it that political power trumps everything else ? How many of the ten new NSW Cabinet ministers are of a religious back ground ?
    As a wise Teacher once said ” It is by their deeds, not their words , that you will know them.”

    Reply

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      Grandiose narcissists have a nasty tendency to want to destroy those they perceive as defying them. In Morrison’s case, it’s the whole country.

      His ship is sinking, and he wants to take us all down with him. (An extreme example of this is when some entitled twat murders his former wife and children.)

      A thousand curses on his willing accomplices.

      • He likes to point out how he is the PM, and how he has “broad shoulders”. Comes across as he thinks he must be smarter than thou if he holds the highest office in the land, and he really doesn’t give a rat’s what you say or think about him.

        Dangerous.