Monday, August 16, 2021

Mismanagement of Covid19

‘The amnesiac [Coate’s enquiry], mismanagement-Andrews’, is out of control with Covid19.

Andrews’ actions propagate the self righteous / self entitled to openly defy public health orders.  These are the ‘covid spreaders’ caring little about anyone outside their own bubble whilst ignoring community responsibility.  Despite being labelled as ‘boofheads’ by the police they continue to ignore simple anti-death measures such as vaccination, masks, distancing and sanitising.  They could be big family groups insular to the health requirements of their community or just dropkicks unable to think past their nose.

Lockdowns are NOT going to create behavioural change in these people because they already have a mental fire wall separating cognitive thought from their chosen path.  Any actions they see as exacerbating a reduction in their precious freedom will only make them retreat further into stupidity.

Walk along Beaconsfield parade in Middle Park any Sunday afternoon during lockdown and watch the mask-less boofheads defiantly strut along seemingly fed by their own brain dead aggressive persona. 

Do I blame them for being angry?  Not really because even a ten year old can see ‘mismanagement-Andrews’ is out of his depth.  That same ten year old could also see Andrews desperately try to shift responsibility by prepending all statements with ‘based on health advice’ and/or emotive fear mongering words such as ‘highly infectious’ as though both of those disclaimers justify his actions.  They don’t.

The answer seems simple in that to stop the virus, stop the spreaders.  This is harder than enforcing an economy wrecking lockdown - which obviously does not stop those covid spreaders as a dropkick entitlement syndrome [DES] is alive and well. 

Mismanagement-Andrews must please take advice from statisticians who would have laughed at ‘the numbers’ he flaunts as justification for lockdowns. Traces of virus in country Victoria locks down the whole state costing millions [didn’t actually exist on retest] and one or two cases locking down a city of 5 million people [statistically absurd].

If it’s true, all we need to do is wear a mask, keep our distance and sanitise – often.  How hard can that be?  Unfortunately testing is ‘after infection’ and whilst vaccination will reduce chances of death it will still allow some spreading and, worse, the virus can apparently live on hard surfaces for an inordinate time.

Therefore the answer seems to be to encourage the spreaders to comply, by stick and carrot, without disastrous mis-management lockdowns penalising the innocent both financially and emotionally.

Firstly the ‘stick’.. If masks are SO important then those deliberately flaunting the rules need to be fined something in the order of $2,000 per offence.  Then, even the idiot can see that perhaps wearing a mask is better than shelling out $2k each time one is caught.  This is not a forever law but a temporary measure only until the virus is whacked.

Secondly the carrot ..   It seems vaccinations are our only long term solution and to that end EVERYONE must get vaccinated.  The carrot to achieve this is ‘the pass’ as has been introduced in France where fully vaccinated people enjoy greater freedoms after proving they have had the jab.  Those not wanting vaccination would not be allowed in restaurants, theatres, planes, etc.  Once again, a simple choice.  Get the jab, protect yourself, protect all those around you and enjoy a free life.  The option for those not wanting to protect our community is to stay at home.  A simple choice really, a choice everyone can understand.  Biden’s rules are similar – come to work but if you are unvaccinated then you must wear a mask, keep 1.5m distance to anyone and don’t travel. 

This can only happen with legislation allowing the police to blitz and fine and by making vaccination easy, plentiful and without grubby reporters selling fear and gloom as they have with AZ.  AZ is saving Britain!

The question is, ‘can mismanagement-Andrews make this happen?’  I hope so but then I doubt it.  His whole amnesiac management team [including health professionals] seem to be going down a different path.  A path of economic fatality and virus eradication failure despite his narcissistic power grab through state of emergency legislation.  I can’t imagine a worse person to hold that power.

The solution is to establish an arms length group of professionals to manage the pandemic with mismanagement-Andrews kept well away from any decision making.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

LEFT BANK Restaurant review

[These comments are NOT vitriolic, ego driven or subjugated by 'moronic troll syndrome'.  I only publish when I have something positive to say.]

We had a late lunch last Monday at 'Left Bank' on the river in Melbourne.  Fresh mussel pasta was fantastic the sauce being brilliant - yum.  Chicken curry - good.  The espresso was brain snapping - perfect - luke warm - no bitterness - glorious.  We are in the same business [Mon Ami restaurant in Fitzroy] and it's nice to be able to heap praise for a good job.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mr Prime Minister - attorney General, quotas and taking advice

 I am disappointed in your somewhat contrived response to pressure from morons.  You are the Prime Minister – act like it.  Fantastic job saving Australia from the worst ravages of Covid19 but bowing to unlawful demands just to appease those same low intellect morons is just lacking leadership as is failing to curb management failures.  3 issues.

Firstly, you have effectively convicted our Attorney General without evidence of anything other than speculation and ruined his life.  A 33 year old alleged incident that even the girl’s mother doubted ever happened due to her alleged state of mental health and tendency to ‘exaggerate’ [source - media reports only] does NOT constitute evidence of guilt but you have effectively condemned him to being ‘guilty’ by removing him from his portfolio.  This is appalling and just for the for the sake of easing political pressure.  Apart from disrespecting the law on innocent until PROVEN guilty you have come across as weak and bendable to sustained pressure from morons.  ALL boys and girls at 16/17 are on constant hormonal boot camp as a perfectly normal function of growing up.  All kids, at that age had and have one clear thought to turn into reality.  Indeed, a friend who takes on the role of Santa Clause every year at a major shopping centre talks to lots of kids about their wants and desires.  Fantastic job!  One day a girl whom he said must have been about 14 when asked what she wanted for Christmas said quite clearly and forthrightly, ‘sex’.  Santa nearly fell off his chair.  Indeed, I once had several ‘evil’ thoughts about Jane Fonda in the movie ‘Barbarella’ when I was but 20 years old – perhaps I should immediately instigate self flagellation for a ‘boy thought’ of some 50 years ago give up my job and become a lesser human being subject to ridicule and stoning [metaphor for hatred and abuse from people lodged in their own glass houses] in public places. Now, the drop-kick morons have effectively won because they and you have pilloried a person not lawfully guilty of anything and you have supported them.   Maybe he is guilty [?] but he deserves the same protection under our system of law as anyone else – innocent until proven guilty by a court – not just accused by rabid moronic trolls with their own agenda and supported by our own Prime Minister.
Secondly, instant and effective quotas for women in parliament as a political mea culpa is a direct insult to women and Australia.  Don’t bother with brain/mouth disconnect rhetoric just focus on what promoting women just because they are women actually says.  The clear implication is that they are weak and inferior needing a help up the ladder to positions of incompetence.  This latest ‘reshuffle’  is an obvious attempt to dissuade further political pressure.  Not good.  Over the years I have run consulting project teams all over the globe seeking corporate change and always sought a 50/50 gender split based on the actual job at hand and merit.  The simple fact is that women and men think and act differently and can come to a mutual solution based on that difference.  It is critical that the differences are accepted, celebrated and cherished else we get mea culpa promotions based on what are effectively quotas.  Quotas are an insult to women.  I realise it’s bloody hard when you, Mr. Prime Minister, have to select from a gaggle of people good at being rhetoric driven elected but wanting when it comes to real world political management.  Look at what happened in Victoria when 800 people died as a result of poor management and worse, when the whole senior ‘team of both genders’ from Andrews down suffered collective amnesia on who ticked off on a $30 m spend.  Makes the ‘Porter’ incident seem pretty irrelevant, doesn’t it. 
Thirdly and in my opinion one of the major jobs of the public service is to research and inform the political leaders on every issue with balanced strategic directives right down to feasibility opinions.  Ministers are not closer to God and need help.  There are gaggles of very very bright public servants itching to advise and be a part of our future.  All it takes is the respective politician and secretaries to heed that advise by turning off the brain – mouth disconnect.  A disconnect driven by political [read self advancement] agendas.  Every politician should have at least an IQ of 130 and a tertiary degree in something and be forced into proper debating school so as to be able to discuss [not merely converse] without shouty ‘I win because I am louder’ behaviour.  The screeching crap from both sides and genders in Parliament is demeaning.  Indeed, the term ‘representative’ of a politician’s electorate seems forever lost to grandstanding.  Proper debate is life enhancing but destroyed by the low intellect shouty people.  Perfect example – Biden / Trump so called debates.  Where is the measured response driven by responsibility and accountability?
So, Mr PM, firstly don’t listen to the moronic trolls but uphold the law, secondly develop a real transparent interactive gender position assimilation program and thirdly take advice as a leader and be shown to take advice without fear.  

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Queen

Like millions of right thinking people the antics of Harry and his wife ticking off the ‘firm’ in oh-so-sad rhetoric to a ‘shock-jockette’ are indicative of five year olds who have lost their play pen.  Even the fact that Meghan dragged Harry off to the land of short history, QAnon, Flatearthers and idiot creationists to get a hearing speaks volumes.  Then we have the ‘jockette’ determined to create headlines using him and her as rating catalysts.  It doesn’t get more pathetic.

We Australians, being the recent colonists, have a history going back millennia with ‘Royals’.  Not because they rule anything [don’t tell the Ghost of Gough] but because they represent our history and still create stability by the very fact that they and we have that millennia of history.

Can’t change history and history is what makes us!

There is no doubt we are all happy with Liz as our titular head of state and indeed the church of England into which I was abducted as a kid [none of this catholic stuff – note that those same Catholics have refused to give back any Australia medals despite condoning child abuse but still accuse Margaret Court for her beliefs]. 

I believe Liz is the worlds richest person and also acts as caretaker for her personal estates as well as many many state assets.  Big job preserving history and I believe that’s her role – to make sure the world has a safe place which recognises history.  The fact that she is not short of a quid is good news.  Harry and Meghan on the other hand seem to expect Liz to fund their lifestyle even after demonising the firm.  I just don’t understand the stupidity associated with this.  Harry was patron of the Invictus games – a great initiative – but seems to have also thrown that away losing all military rank and probably the title ‘Duke’.  

In short, we need our Queen as a measure of stability and grace.  We need to see royal ‘being human’ spats but most importantly how they are handled – with stability and grace.  We need to be able to compare a class act with say Trump to realise there is a better way.

So yes, you royalists, our Queen is a class act and what she stands for in terms of our history is just plain great!  Further, we have her system of Government which is absolutely the world's best with checks and balances everywhere.  No republican president with powers of pardon et alia and no dictator ‘for life’ rule.  Their systems are broken, ours are not.

Long live our continuing monarchy as they represent who we have been and who we are.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Pastor Court

andrews [small a] has once again showed absolute disrespect for anyone who doesn't agree with his view of the world.  He referred to Margaret Court as 'that women' in a desultory and insulting manner just the same way he referred to Mr Kennett as 'that man'.  And, that is only the start of the insults.

Remember Mrs Court is a pastor of the Pentecostal faith and preaches those beliefs just as Muslims do and Catholics do and as do Evangelists.

andrew's foul mouth fails to understand that people achieve excellence in something but may be wanting in something else.  As are we all.  For example andrews achieved excellence by getting elected but has failed dismally in managing our state.  No question and non debatable.

Mrs Court got the gong for playing tennis - end of story.  She was best in the world - no argument and Australia decided to recognise those achievements in line with her male counterpart, Rod Laver.  Not hard to understand.

As an indicator of the stupidity of andrew's assertions imagine taking his logic one step further.  Perhaps we should ban all catholics from getting any Australia medal because they ignored child torture by the church and indeed covered it up.  Catholics gone, not matter what good they do.  Hand back the medals.

How about banning Muslims because their values are 'different' to ours as expressed in their holy works.  According to andrews thay are all evil, devoid of doing good and can never get a gong.

Pastor Court expresses her religions views for all to hear in our 'free speech' country.   You don't have to agree or disagree just as you don't have to agree or disagree with roman catholicism [inquisition, torture, child abuse] or the creationist fools who believe the earth popped out circa 10,000 years ago [40% of Americans despite science] or those who believe killing infidels cements a place in heaven with a gaggle of vestal virgins - no women's rights there!

Personally, I choose to listen to everything with an open mind and dismiss the lunatics and the purveyors of untruths.

What next?  A person gets a gong for say nuclear medicine but it turns out he once 'slapped' his son for being a little prick.  That's it - remove the recognition as he must be evil to the core for bothering to keep his child on the straight and narrow.

Stupidity reigns.

Discuss the controversial things [not mere conversation] but recognise the good.  We are all flawed!

Pastor Court SHOULD be honoured for her tennis.  End of story.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Andrews is incompetent

 I am ashamed to have Andrews as our so called Premier.  He supports the Chinese through secret MOU’s using Chinese finance and Chinese companies in Victoria in breach of his own national parties wishes whilst China at the same time pursues an obvious political trade vendetta against Australia seemingly all because we want to protect our sovereign rights against foreign power incursion.  Andrews supports China as China tries to ruin Australia unless of course we allow China to buy Australia through so called investment.  On top of this he is responsible for some 800 deaths, a management amnesia episode which proves eye watering incompetence and has racked up enough debt so we have to pay $4 billion in interest alone.  Am I missing something?

Thursday, December 3, 2020

China, I feel sorry for you.

 There is no honour in a nation devolving to the publication of images depicting false and repugnant acts which are intended to harm without the nebulous excuse of satire.   Perhaps a challenged somewhat rapacious schoolboy or a moron troll but not an honourable nation.

In supporting that act, China and its leaders have lost respect or ‘face’ in the eyes of the world and I daresay in the eyes of every right-thinking Chinese citizen.  A truly sad day for Chinese honour.
But perhaps we are not looking at China in the correct way?  Perhaps we assume a maturity based on thousands of years of culture where honour was king when in reality certain actions obviate that conclusion.  Actions such as holding people in detention camps, freaking out at being asked to help identify the source of the virus which is infecting millions, dreadful industrial pollution, vast unoccupied apartment towers built for no reason, ignoring an agreement over Hong Kong, building islands in international waters for military purposes, destroying trade agreements through lies and now tweeting a childish fake image intending to harm.
These are not the actions of adults in a global community where respect is assumed and a ‘must’.
It is a truism that the immature resort to shouting when dealing with loss of face in the hope that just being louder wins.   Yelling someone down does not equate to winning, it equates to having already lost.  Yelling can refer to verbal or the physical but both are dysfunctional when honour and respect can achieve so much more.
But the false and immature tweet of a horrific crime only makes me feel sorry for the Chinese people.  What a juvenile act and a loss of face for China to be seen as so out of control having to devolve to cheap 5 year old demented tweets.
Thousands of years of honour and respect threatened by a juvenile moron.

China, I feel sorry for you. You are so much more

Monday, November 2, 2020


It’s amazing how public opinion can be swayed by firstly inherent unshakable beliefs and secondly by continual spin through words and actions.

It doesn’t seem to matter what travesties have occurred because all is forgiven as a matter of course.  The infamous ‘Stockholm’ syndrome is alive and well even on a grand scale.  The perpetrators or captors do horrible things then convince their victims that they are in fact good people and to be admired through spin and their dedication to cause.

I refer to Andrews and his mis-management of Victoria.  As a politician he seems to conform to the definition – a person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization.

This is not a political comment but a management issue.

Victoria is now trillions of dollars behind in direct costs plus eye watering losses of productivity and has seen some 800 people die as a result of Andrews mal administration of the so called Covid 19 second wave.   This is not subject to discussion as it is proven beyond any doubt.  A government with collective amnesia about who spent some $30 million to use private security in hotel quarantine instead of free ADF, refused the best contact tracing system, refused to replicate what other states and territories achieved and how they did it and watched as infection rates soared and ruined people’s lives does not deserve to manage anything.

Constant vacillation over imposed restrictions and mixed messages all demonstrate a government out of control.  And, as we had precedents from all over the world and within Australia there was and is no excuse.

You can tell when a manager is out of his depth by the guilt trip of working 80+ hours a week in an effort to redress his own inabilities and dysfunctions and to be seen as ‘working hard’ so that people will see him getting more and more exhausted and feel for his dedication when in good management, interactions are controlled and delegated – not micro managed.

Mr Genuine then imposes more and more ‘restrictions’ in an effort to fix the issues he created.  Restrictions which have been proven as useless.  Still our ‘captor’ is seen as in control, dedicated, working hard and focused on his agenda of saving us.  The spin is fear  of death as well as ‘sympathy for his dedicated plight’ saving us and some 60% of people actually believe him.  The Stockholm syndrome on a large scale is alive and well.

Andrews behaviour is foolish and dangerous as has been clearly demonstrated.

Good management is around 40% dedicated and focused work and 40% strategic planning with the remaining 20% being interactions with professionals who actually know what they are talking about.  All of this accounts for perhaps 7 hours a day with the rest taken up with life, kids, golf, future.   Not hard! 

Out of control people work long hours with exponentially diminishing returns to try and do the job they are incapable of doing.  For example, an expert ‘numbers’ person adds up a series of numbers in say 2 minutes whereas a person who does not see numbers as friends takes 4 minutes and has to work ‘really hard’ to get a result.  Apart from the stress and anxiety of being out of their intellect zone it’s taken twice as long and cost twice as much.  WIth Andrews he has proven to be well out of his capability zone having to work really hard to ‘catch up’ and what happens? - blunders, bungled processes, bad decisions and lost time.  But, in this case, also 800+ lives.

One cannot just ignore what’s happened as that would disrespect those who had unnecessarily lost their lives, those who have suffered mental health issues as a result of the mal-administration and those who have lost their business, savings and financial security.

Remember, this terrible second wave need not have happened if Andrews had replaced ‘working hard’ real with cognitive thought with a team of experts  leading to good management.  All he needed to do was watch what our federal government and state and territory governments were doing and replicate same.  Not unprecedented and not out of the ordinary unless you are a narcissist depending on and fixated by the need to be seen as one in absolute control.

The cost to Victoria is immense in terms of reputation, human suffering and financial loss.  Worse, Victoria has negatively affected Australia’s reputation and caused massive financial loss.  All this borrowed money will have to be paid back with interest for negative benefit – just catch up.  Remember it was Andrews who spent $1.2b to NOT build a road.  Financial insanity!  How about selling out infrastructure Victoria to a foreign power with a secret MOU which caused such alarm bells as to force the Federal Government to enact legislation to be able to override rogue states making questionable decisions.  How about Andrews and his management team suffering collective amnesia over spending $30m on private security for the botched hotel quarantine when professional support was offered for nothing.

It goes on and on and on.

What now?

We can’t change a government out of term unless supply is threatened and the body politic turn on the elected representatives through a motion of no confidence and this won’t happen unless people cross the floor and vote against their own inabilities.  Not likely.

But, public pressure can mitigate change.  Change in management.  Let the politicians play at politicking and set in place a professional management team to transparently rescue Victoria and reset the bar.  Disaster management, yes, but far more.  For example how can we aspire to be anything unless we have a clear communicated vision leading to strategic directions leading to strategic plans leading to action plans leading to focused action.  Yes, this is textbook business 101, is not new but is proven.  Don’t ignore the millions of words written and acted on by companies and organisations worldwide for decades and decades.

I suggest Victorians demand the introduction of a highly qualified professional bi-partisan management team to rebuild Victoria from the top down starting with a vision we can all rally behind.  This is not working hard but working smart. Treat Victoria as the failing organization it is and deal with required interventions instead of replacing focus with shouty rhetoric and having to be seen to be working hard to mitigate inability.

Imagine what we can achieve given focus, strength of purpose and an innate desire to act!  All we need is a new professional, proven, high powered, respected and focused management team capable of leading that charge. The ‘jigsaw’ people capable of building a coherent picture from seemingly disparate pieces then handing the ‘plan’ to the ‘block’ people to action within explicit guidelines. [Reference jigsaw/block people to descriptions I coined some 30 years ago to describe the two critical areas of business needed for success.   Simple, intuitive and true.]

The first and hardest stage in this process is an acceptance by all that this is indeed necessary.  In this case not too hard given the obvious dysfunctions of this government.  It takes a good manager to recognise personal shortcomings and deal with them by seeking professional advice.  It takes an idiot to waddle through dysfunction with horrendous outcomes.  If Victoria was a company, Andrews and his senior team would possibly be in goal from breaching his own legislation on corporate culpability leading to death.

But, politicians seem immune from actual responsibility continually wafting around with shouty seemingly sincere voices working hard  to fix disaster whilst sinking further and further behind.  These people are NOT our Stockholm heroes but merely elected ‘block people’ attempting to do a ‘jigsaw’ persons job.  The second lurches from disaster to disaster whilst the first strategises, plans and sets in train specific objectives to achieve desired results.

This thinking is not hard and has been around for decades and decades.

In an ideal world Andrews would announce the formation of an arms length transparent advisory powerhouse professional management team ‘with teeth’ to set in train a program to reset Victoria away from the pariah mendicant state we have become.  This ‘powerhouse’ to be seen as the independent team advising the government on what to do before the government applies themselves to focused action.  Not behind closed doors but out there working with Victorians.  A definite separation of responsibility.  The bi-partisan powerhouse defines what needs to happen, why it needs to happen and when Vs the government’s responsibility to make it happen within commercial time frames. 

There are many issues requiring this powerhouse including bush fire plans, covid19 plans, strategic vision development, infrastructure planning, homelessness plans, image creation, et alia.  Quite a long list!  Imagine how the world could see Victoria as the state embracing the future through powerhouse professional management away from shouty ‘look at me’ inappropriate rhetoric.  Wow!

Politicking and narcissism need to be removed whilst the adults take over.   Indeed, Andrews could be seen as a professional manager instead of the politician who killed Victoria.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


 There is something intrinsically and inherently wrong with any manager who is responsible for other people’s money failing to take responsibility and validate the spending process.  A manager does not just spend a few million dollars without exact validation from those in charge.  Doing so is criminal. 

With Andrews spending millions of dollars of our money on private contractors in hotel quarantine there can be no ‘creeping assumptions’ as to who actually ticked the ‘spend’ box.  This is not play time, there are millions of dollars of our money seemingly spent for no reason as the ADF were offered for nothing and 800 are dead.

This is not a political statement, it is a comment on the appalling management and consequent mal administration of the hotel quarantine program in Victoria.  Circa 800 innocent people lost their lives as a direct result of that mal administration.

If a manager did that in the private sector they would most probably be charged with fraudulent funds misappropriation but at the very least fired for stupidity.  With Andrews it seems that level of mismanagement is accepted as the norm.  Funds misappropriation and stupidity are accepted.

Politicians are good at getting elected and convincing us lemmings that they are strong, honest, knowledgeable and able.  Remarkably, even in the face of proven disaster contradicting all those attributes, some will ignore incompetence and continue supporting obvious stupidity.  After the Royal Commission into banking many many CEO’s and executives and board members were forced to fall on their sword.  Yet, Andrews survives.  How?

Any acceptance of a ‘creeping assumption’ should immediately trigger replacement of the entire management team for incompetence leading to mal-administration and also trigger civil and criminal investigation leading to charges.  Remember at stake there are millions of dollars and sadly circa 800 lives lost.

This is serious.  Monetary losses alone will top a trillion dollars, many people are dead, there are major issues with decreasing mental health and our country is going backwards thanks to Andrews mismanagement.

Just today NSW and VIC have almost the same number of cases yet NSW is firing on all fronts whilst Vic suffers draconian lockdown measures at the behest of Andrews and his incompetent management team.  For example NSW has a 2sqm rule for outside dining and a 4sqm rule for inside dining.  We have take home only with dining in prohibited!  26 weeks of lockdown for Victoria after Andrews bungled management

The cost to Victoria in lost productivity will be literally trillions.

A new management team is mandatory!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Lock down in Victoria - government in fear

 The Andrews government in Victoria is responsible for some 800 deaths [800 of the 900 for the whole of Australia!], billions of dollars of debt for Victoria and Australia and the bankrupting of thousands of small business.  As every part of ‘Australia’ faced the same pandemic it is indeed obvious that Victoria’s failures were specific to Victoria and Andrews.

Obviously, Andrews and his key advisors [the memory lapse 8 et alia] lacked or knowingly suppressed [for private political agenda reasons as no one in their right mind kills 800 people!] the necessary intellect to construct the correct course of action remembering the rest of Australia was and is fine.

Victoria failed.

Indeed the facts were known and there were worldwide precedents to learn from yet Andrews ignored those facts and the second wave was born out of the mal-administration of hotel quarantine.   Apart from his lack of cognition choosing the wrong course of action Andrews and his so called team couldn’t step back and deal with the outbreak at an intellectual level [thus affecting success] but instead choosing to display a complete lack of actual intelligence with knee jerk ‘rules’ set at random without validation by experts.

Fear had set in.  Fear at government level is dangerous as the action of conation drives knee jerk actions based on that fear rather than intellect driving ‘step back’ thought.  The four modes in this respect are determine real facts, take quick action to halt dysfunction, implement long term fixes and follow through reforming and adapting on the way.  Not rocket science.

The federal government analysed the global situation, closed the borders and set in train the need to quarantine those seen at risk.  The same federal government also offered expert support to enable the states to deal with the quarantine thereby taking care of the first two management issues. 

Australia at this point seemed to be leading the world in decisive action so now it was up to the states to implement and follow through the quarantine process.  People were dying all over the world so the need for urgent action was critical but driven by cognition and intellect.

Victoria failed. 

Instead of implementing successful strategies with the support of the federal government as did the other states, Victoria decided to spend a few more million contracting private untrained security guards to monitor the quarantine process.  The result being some 800 deaths from a 99+% certainty those deaths were the result of maladministration of that private security.  Cognition and intellect had taken a back seat.

Now, fear had really set in but with rampant obfuscation, politicisation and blame shifting.  Those in charge were out of their depth both cognitively and intellectually.  Sheer panic and the fear of being blamed drove Andrews to want to be seen as the saviour instigating knee jerk curfews, travel restrictions et alia all the while the wearing of masks, social distancing and basic hygiene were proven to be the most effective anti-covid measures.  The Andrews lockdown is causing thousands of bankruptcies and significant mental health issues which has and is decimating our state.  No other state has chosen Victoria’s so called remedy because their systems were in place using the federal government’s offered support.  No out of control ego, no empty rhetoric just cognitive action driven by intellect.

Victoria failed and it’s cost Australia some $14 billion dollars and 800+ deaths.  This so dysfunctional and punctuated by the fact that NSW has more cases than us but is open and thriving.  NSW manages the outbreak whilst we have a dearth of cognitive intellect.