Victoria

Principle ahead of expediency over COVID-19

What a refreshing article to read. When a man was pressured by bureaucrats to pull his head in over exposing their hypocrisy, he chose to resign in order to protect his free speech as opposed to caving to expediency.

Well worth the time. Mr Sabhlok’s words confirm much of what we have thought re the lack of accountability or leadership shown by the Andrews’ government in Victoria.

Who uses a fax machine?

How can anyone have confidence in Victorian Premier Dan Andrews when the government had been relying on a contact tracing method which utilized pen, paper and a fax machine? What happened to the super computer that has spat out the ridiculous numbers that have impacted so many Victorians?

Pretty much every other state uses QR codes to register when people have visited certain establishments. Only now Victoria plans to enter the digital age. Why didn’t Andrews call up NSW Premier Gladys Beijiklian and asked who developed hers?

Presumably Andrews can hire people to manually input the names, numbers and emails of those establishments and be able to trace after 3 weeks.

What could possibly go wrong? Johannes Leak’s cartoon is so on point.

Excellent summary of Victorian lockdown extension

Paul Murray explains what the extended lockdowns in Victoria mean. 6 more weeks. Video here.

Premier Dan Andrews isn’t interested in reality. To get 5 cases or less for 14 days in a row technically means that if 13 days had zero cases and one day 6, lockdown would stay. Utter madness.

We guess when the police state wants to handcuff pregnant mothers, best set the hurdles to nigh on impossibly low levels to ensure failure is guaranteed and keep the power trip going as long as possible.

Shameless. Spineless. Not based on science.

Kim Jong un would blush

It seems that gaslighting knows no bounds. Some Victorians want to pay homage to Victorian Premier Dan Andrews with virtual claps despite his utter failure in handling lockdown. The virtual claps forum reads:

Send Dan Andrews, Brett Sutton & team, and healthcare workers virtual claps for their continued hard work in getting the daily case numbers down. Thank you all! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Please only use emojis/gif/image when you post comments here: https://www.facebook.com/2220925904795063/posts/2784157431805238/

Please remember to share this event with friends.

Updates (including current growth factor) will be provided on a regular basis. Let’s keep doing the right thing to bring down the growth factor.

Kim Jong Un would blush at such a show from his loyal peasants.

Never mind Dan Andrews and team presided over the most incompetent handling of the pandemic by any state government by far.

Where the facts reveal the Andrews’ team are the last people that should be in charge of anything. 26% of the nation’s population and over 88% of the total death toll from coronavirus.

Where Victoria Police arrested and handcuffed a pregnant women who could face jail time of up to 15 years for incitement.

Where BLM protests took place with next to no enforcement of the lockdown laws. The three organizers were given fines but nothing more. Double standards.

Where private security guards – put in charge of quarantine hotels – slept with the people they were ordered to professionally look after. The same guards that were given a quick course in diversity instead of training in dealing with coronavirus.

Perhaps these brainwashed Victorians who want to make empty gestures on social media may think differently when they discover that the Andrews’ government will deliver what socialism always does – shared misery.

Life experience politicians vs Career politicians

It is so refreshing when politicians have life experience. South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem posted the following statement. As a small business owner herself, she knew how they functioned and has opened her state’s doors to welcome anyone fleeing lawless Democrat run cities, towns and states.

You’ve heard me say many times that South Dakota never closed. We allowed South Dakotans to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. But we were unique in this path; other states made different choices. In fact, in some places businesses have been closed for the past six months. How are small business owners supposed to make ends meet in states that have locked down their economies for six months straight?

This isn’t a hypothetical question to me. As a former small business owner, I’ve personally dealt with the struggles of keeping a business afloat. When my dad passed away, I had to take charge of our family’s farming operation. We struggled to balance paying our IRS bill with payroll and all the other expenses that are a regular part of running a small business. If we’d been forced to shut down for six months in the middle of it all, our business would not have made it.

That’s exactly what we’re seeing play out across the country. As a result of extended lockdowns, countless businesses are closing. In July, Yelp announced that more than 72,000 businesses on the site had closed for good since the start of the pandemic, and that was more than a month ago. Retailers and restaurants have been hit especially hard.

These businesses are more than just storefronts – they’re people’s livelihoods. They put food on the table, not only for small business owners, but also for their employees. Without businesses to employ these workers, states that have been shut down will struggle to recover even after they reopen.

Here in South Dakota, because we didn’t shut down our state, the recovery story is far stronger. According to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, South Dakota had the fewest low-income job losses of any state in our region, and as of the end of June, we’d already recovered nearly all of those losses. Our weekly initial unemployment claims continue to drop. This is positive news coming into the Labor Day weekend.

Our tourism industry is rebounding strongly as well. South Dakota is the third best state in the country for domestic tourism bookings compared to the start of the pandemic. Interest in visiting South Dakota has surged, meaning we’ll continue to see friendly faces visiting our state in the weeks, months, and years to come.

We’re hearing from lots of folks interested in not only visiting South Dakota, but moving here full-time. If business owners are sick and tired of the lockdowns in other states, I want them to know that they have another option. They can come to South Dakota. We respect our people’s rights, and we won’t shut businesses down. We’re open for opportunity, and on my watch, we always will be.”

Maybe some lessons for the State of Victoria, Australia. Are you listening, Dan Andrews? Of course not.

Victorian Stasi handcuff pregnant woman in front of her kids

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_logo&time_continue=210&v=pym4q9tladg

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.

NY conducts its own COVID-19 investigation on itself – finds no fault

Who knew? NY State Dept of Health conducted an investigation on itself as to the impacts of Gov Cuomo’s order which forced nursing homes to take in people that tested positive for COVID-19. Verdict? Not guilty!

Cuomo’s DoH concluded that the governor’s mandate did not have a significant impact in terms of the 6,000+ fatalities.

Instead, it blamed family members and staffers who unknowingly brought the virus into these nursing homes.

A witness, Frank Kolbmann, told New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in no uncertain terms that he is involved in “a disingenuous cosmetic attempt to cover up for your current boss’ immense crime.

Janice Dean lost both her in-laws, Mickey and Dee Newman, in a New York nursing home and directly blames Cuomo’s mandate for this avoidable tragedy. According to Townhall, Dean sent in her formal request last week to testify. However, just hours before the hearing, she was dropped from the list.

We are quite sure there are many crooked companies that would love to be able to audit their own accounts and claim they are compliant with the soundest corporate governance standards.

Anything short of an independent investigation is a farce. One can imagine Victoria will follow a similar path of “independence” in its investigation on the second outbreak.