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Victorians are expected to buy this crap?

What a farce. These are the responses given by senior officials in the Victoria government when questioned over who was responsible for ordering private security guards which led to the hotel quarantine outbreak fiasco.

These are the very people who expect Victorians to put trust in their ability to execute.

Selective memories aka lies.

No doubt when Premier Dan Andrews testifies at this enquiry, he’ll have forgotten too.

Any other state premier would be forced to resign over this debacle. Watch a willing media skip over this blithering incompetence and praise Dan Andrews for bringing forward the timeline to reopen the economy from lockdown because of his stewardship which he will end reneging on.

Let’s not forget the omnibus the premier is trying to ram through parliament which will allow unqualified public servants to arrest and detain Victorian residents indefinitely on the grounds of suspicion alone. No facts. Just a hunch they think one could be up to no good.

Most reliable indicator of fear surrounding COVID-19 is not what you think

Our trip to the Aldi supermarket in the affluent suburb of Mosman in Sydney, Australia last Saturday revealed one immutable truth. That even the elderly have absolutely no concerns about social distancing when fighting over limited supplies of Lacura face creams that were on the ‘special buys’ list. We think this is probably the most accurate indicator of “fear” surrounding COVID-19 – absolutely none. We’ve seen more crowded Japanese subway carriages at peak hour.

Forget hand sanitiser, masks and respecting social distance. Just push, jostle, elbow, bustle and fight to the death to lay one’s hands on a $19 moisturizer. It felt like toilet paper rationing all over again.

Forgive the preamble.

We have analysed the latest COVID-19 deaths as a percentage of state populations across America and Australia to get a feel for the reality and check whether media hysteria is unfounded.

New York State was the worst of all, representing 3x the national average. 10 of the top 17 states with rates above the national average were Democrat controlled (blue columns).

In aggregate, c.121,000 have died under Democrat-controlled states and 78,400 under Republican-controlled states (red columns) as at Sept 21, 2020 according to CDC data.

We also note that Victoria, a state in Australia, has a death rate that still remains extremely low on a relative basis (despite being 10x the rest of the country combined) yet has some of the harshest lockdown laws.

Comparing Victoria to US states that imposed no lockdowns at all, the numbers don’t justify a draconian curfew. Utah has a population about half that of Victoria and a death toll from COVID at 50% of Victoria, despite no lockdown imposed at all. One could make a case for population density but why does NSW have 1/10th the death toll with similar demographics and a relatively open economy?

Note that all US states that had no lockdown had death tolls at least half the national average. Every single one is Republican-controlled.

In America, 99.94% of the country has no succumbed to coronavirus. In Victoria, 99.99% of the state population hasn’t died from it. In Australia 99.997% of citizens have managed to survive.

The data is self explanatory. US deaths are at 1/3rd the levels at the peak but the media can’t stray from the narrative that the risks of a new wave are around the corner. No. The virus remains contagious but not that virulent. Someone mentioned an election soon…

We shall be updating more data in coming days. Suffice to say, economies should be reopened and special attention paid to protecting more vulnerable members of society (who clearly weren’t at Aldi Mosman).

Victorian Police channel Romper Stomper

Victoria Police decide to stomp on the head of a civilian they’re arresting. What a disgrace. That officer should be charged with assault and sacked. Although he’ll probably be given a promotion in Dan Andrew’s police state. We await the excuses from Chief Wiggum.

Premier Dan Andrews – do you really think they’ll buy it?

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Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you’re on a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Of course, there are other strategies. You can change riders. You can get a committee to study the dead horse. You can benchmark how other companies ride dead horses. You can declare that it’s cheaper to feed a dead horse. You can harness several dead horses together. But after you’ve tried all these things, you’re still going to have to dismount.” – Gary Hamel

This quote summed up Dan Andrews press conference where he deflected on the ridiculous arrest of Zoe Lee, the pregnant mother who was handcuffed by Victoria Police in front of her kids. It was totally unbelievable.

Is it even conceivable that the Premier of Victoria hadn’t been shown the clip by any of his staffers? Wouldn’t anyone with a shred of decency watch the viral video and condemn the heavy-handed incident? Of course not. That is more telling. Andrews couldn’t care less. He has got his 6 months in the back pocket and can ride roughshod over Victorians as he pleases with zero formula to back his megalomania. By then Zoe Lee will be a distant memory.

How is it the police were able to march into Zoe Lee’s house, charge her with ‘incitement’, cuff her while in pyjamas and seize all of her computing devices as if she was under suspicion of storing kiddie porn on her hard drive? It could only come from the laws set by parliament. The police don’t get to arbitrarily make laws of their own and violate basic human rights. We are not exactly sure how Zoe Lee fits the profile of a radical seditionist.

This is perhaps one of the most sinister actions by a political body in Australian history. Time PM Scott Morrison absolutely torches Andrews for this cowardice and keep the pressure on the premier to walk back his nonsense lockdown less have his federal funding suspended. Extortion works both ways, but most Australians would gladly support the PM in this instance.

Victorian Stasi handcuff pregnant woman in front of her kids

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Victorian Premier Dan Andrews is an utter disgrace. What an absolute farce. This video should make your blood boil. Excessive, much? He has just proven beyond any doubt as to exactly why he should never be granted more powers.

A pregnant mother, Zoe Lee, was arrested in her home, handcuffed in her pyjamas in front of her kids and had her mobile and computer devices seized for ‘incitement’ to protest the government’s lockdown extension.

Yes, big brother saw her Facebook post titled, ‘ Freedom Day in Ballarat‘ to be held on September 5th. Zoe Lee openly requested people observe social distancing and wear masks in her post. For context, Ballarat has 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hardly a hot spot.

Black Lives Matter protest – ok. Question the incompetence of the state – arrest.

This is not Australia. The double standards. Dan Andrews blithering incompetence has led to his state being responsible for 82% of deaths across Australia.

Surely, if citizens get a free pass to protest BLM they have every right to peacefully protest to question the the grant of even more powers to the last person qualified to use them.

Never mind that Zoe Lee had an ultrasound appointment that day, the state goons cuffed her anyway. She was hardly a flight risk.

Add this debacle to the ever growing list of failure – the hotel quarantine disaster, training private security guards in diversity not coronavirus prevention, rejecting ADF help, covering up of private security having sex with quarantined hotel guests, fining people for playing golf or fishing and so on.

Some might accuse Zoe Lee of playing with fire. Others might argue she embodies exactly what frustrated Victorians think of the totalitarian one size fits all measures to go to these lengths.

Such is the irony that Andrews posted this today,

I know some people have strong feelings about the State of Emergency legislation that passed the Upper House last night.

Debate is healthy. Differing opinions are what our democracy is built on.

Andrews should resign. #FreeZoeLee

Power to enter your home without a warrant?

Paul Murray sensibly summarizes Premier Dan Andrews proposed 12 month lockdown and calls out the disgraceful media response to it.

It is shocking to see that a government with no Plan B thinks it should have the right to detain people and enter their homes without a warrant.

Victorians voted in Andrews despite the many scandals attached to him ahead of the election last year. Shame on the coalition for not defeating such a flawed candidate but there can be no question that buyer’s remorse is sinking in. Although not for all.

We encourage people to look at Dan Andrews Facebook page to see how many still compliment him for his unparalleled insight into the crisis. It is so effusive in praise that even Kim Jong-un would blush.

Pure madness – further 12mths proposed for State of Emergency

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews is pushing for state parliament to approve a 12 month extension of the ‘state of emergency‘.

Since when does a virus operate to a strict timetable? When will these politicians admit that the advice they have received has been so poor? Instead they double down on duff recommendations from medical activists who have been wildly wrong and bear little or no responsibility for their calls.

The irony is that Andrews seemingly enjoys the extension of power created by his own incompetence. It gives him the opportunity to appeal as a great crisis leader when reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

Andrews said,

Again, I am very keen to ensure that we have a majority of support…I would say to them we need to protect public health...The most logical, the most prudent thing to do is to simply accept the fact that we have a need for rules, of one form or another…There can be no economic rebuilding or very little else until we fix this problem and are back into a manageable space…That is what this is about, nothing more, nothing less.”

Pretty much everything he has done since coronavirus kicked off has had the opposite effect. If Andrews’ team had a mandate to screw up, it couldn’t have done a better job. What an utter joke.

The federal government should do its utmost to limit aid to Victoria until its government wakes up. By showing leniency, outside of support by the ADF, it will end up hurting the overall economy even more.

There are plenty of examples out there about what is working in terms of getting on top of Coronavirus. Sweden has shown herd immunity has more or less been achieved. Contact tracing a la Taiwan works. Instead it is a one size fits all strategy in Victoria.

Presuming a coronavirus cure isn’t found after another 12 months, will he extend it another 12? Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The irony is that Premier Andrews honestly believes his leadership is the final word in seamless execution.

When 82% of COVID-19 deaths are in Victoria, who thought comedy would be a cure?

You have to hand it to the audacity of Victorian Premier Dan Andrews. Due to his monumental stuff ups, he can lay claim to 82% of all Australian coronavirus deaths with 26% of the population. Now he has resorted to comedy to help Victorians get on with obeying stay at home orders.

Never mind that private security guards were sleeping with quarantined hotel guests. We should be proud that they got diversity training instead of medical guidelines. Never mind that he lied about not being offered ADF help.

Never mind that people were fined for playing golf or fishing, protesting black lives matter earned a free pass.

Despite untold damage to the Victorian economy because of incompetent woke health officials who were more interested in making social justice statements than protecting constituents, somehow comedy will cure the pain of being right royally screwed.

Magda Szubanski AO is a famous comedian but the last thing people – who are struggling to survive each day – is a chuckle. Their plight is anything but a joke. Having left-leaning TV hosts like Waleed Aly pour on the sanctimony makes it all the more cringeworthy. Victorians want action, not community messages driven by Andrews’ failure.

At least Victorians live safe in the knowledge that Premier Andrews won’t step down. Here is betting that ‘workplace negligence’ laws in Victoria get amended so Andrews and his team can be exempted from blatant abuses of the very protections he should have buried his ideology to enforce.

In finance, we used to comment that ‘industry gets the management it deserves‘. Andrews has proven that if one focuses on being woke, the state will eventually become broke. They voted in someone who guaranteed failure during a crisis. Then blamed those who voted him in for causing the second outbreak.

State of recurring Disasters

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has made a very strong case for rejecting identity politics in all of its forms.

It has now come to light that he and his team prioritized social inclusion over ability when selecting the private security firms to manage hotel quarantine during coronavirus. This is widely regarded as the source of the second outbreak. Guards with no training who ended up in some cases fornicating with guests under their watch. You can’t make this stuff up.

This is the same individual who refused to censure his Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen for tweeting,

Sudden arrival of an invader from another land, decimating populations, creating terror…Forces the population to make enormous sacrifices & completely change how they live in order to survive. COVID19 or Cook 1770?

How is it possible that social justice took a front seat to a pandemic? Surely ALL Victorians would gladly trade identity politics for sound health policy prescriptions which didn’t lock them up for another 6 weeks.

Andrews was only too happy to have his police force fine people playing golf or fishing but didn’t prosecute a single person for attending a BLM rally which by itself must have also led to a spike in cases.

Here are some more pearls of wisdom we’ve noted over the years.

Years ago, the Victorian premier championed that he had 200,000 likes on FB, twice as many as Mike Baird in New South Wales. He also made the completely worthless boast that “Mike Baird gets no ‘Likes’ after 10pm“. Is that a true test of leadership? That only 3% of Victorians like him?

We recall Andrews pushing the Victorian Police to host segregated seminars for potential new recruits in order to accommodate their religious beliefs.

In October last year he said misogynist slogans on vehicles would lead to an automatic cancelation of registration. Presumably misandrist slogans were ok.

We noted the shocking state of affairs with the unionization of the Victorian CFA and its dreadful administration. Huge uptick in salaries, staffing and administration costs with a decline in equipment procurement.

Or the rorts for votes scandal.

Or joining China’s BRI without consulting the federal government on national security grounds.

We could go on.

The ability to steer through a crisis is the true test of any leader. All of Andrews’ flawed thinking might be nice to haves in the moral preening stakes. Sadly coronavirus has exposed them as utterly meaningless and outright dangerous. Putting forward ridiculous parameters for hiring put Victorian lives in more danger.

How he hasn’t resigned is beyond us. Despite being the most disastrous premier in Australian history, Andrews continues to get comforting support from mainstream and social media. Maybe he believes their propaganda that he is doing a decent job. Nothing could be further from the truth.