Saturday 22nd of January 2022

the bus-driver from hell... hopefully not coming back...


Australia's journey through Omicron is like the bus tour from hell. Steering awry, seat belts forgotten or not working, and the driver's patter wearing thin with stressed passengers.

Eventually we'll see the back of the boggy ground on this outback track. But in worse shape and at higher cost than the Morrison government was suggesting only weeks ago.

"Omicron is a gear change and we have to push through," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. "You have two choices here: you can push through or you can lock down. We're for pushing through."

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Surveying the present shambles, you'd have to conclude the gearbox is shot.

Morrison's "either-or" dichotomy is simplistic and misleading, trying to disguise the failure to have been better prepared with a more nuanced response.

It wasn't "either-or". It was about managing to best effect a transition that must be made to the so-called "living with COVID" new world. The challenge was to find the right settings on a spectrum of choices.

So what went wrong? Almost everything, it seems. Federal and state governments share blame, but as PM, Morrison has to shoulder prime responsibility.






welcome to infection...

Half of NSW could get Omicron in first wave: CHOBy Daniella White

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says up to 50 per cent of the state’s population will become infected with COVID-19 during the first Omicron wave.

“Now, not all of those will have symptomatic infection or even know that they’ve been infected,” she said during this morning’s press conference. 

“There still will be people that have not experienced or been exposed to Omicron.” 

Dr Chant said it was vital as many people as possible received three doses of a vaccine before being exposed to the virus.

“That’s the rationale for why we want to slow the spread to get those boosters in and get as many people optimally protected.”


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