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.
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.
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.