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When Covid first reared its ugly head and the Prime Minister established the national cabinet, many thought that was exactly the right thing to do and it immediately gave us hope.  Scott Morrison and Dan Andrews were suddenly good friends.  But it didn’t last long before selfish political ambitions took over destroying the harmony that we needed so much to have happen.  All the Premiers did a fantastic job in bringing the virus under control only for the badly managed vaccine rollout – a federal responsibility – to plunge us into a series of lockdowns.  Victoria suffered a dreadful time but managed to eventually get the State back to near normal life, despite the Prime Minister together with the Treasurer and the Minister for Health, both in Victorian electorates, praising New South Wales’s gold standard approach and criticising Dan Andrews for not following NSW.

Now that NSW is in trouble, all three are suddenly very quiet.

Because Victoria is a Labor State, there was no way that the NSW Premier was going to follow what Dan Andrews did and go early and go hard into lockdown and now they are in serious trouble. But the fault really lies with the Prime Minister.  The States have certain responsibilities and so does the federal government but this is not the time for federal Liberal cabinet ministers to wave their arms and say – that is a State responsibility nor should any Premier be saying that a certain situation is a federal responsibility. This is a time to show real leadership and take control of the national government and demand that all States work as one.  It might need emergency laws passed to do so but it should have been done. Then in the event of a fresh breakout, all States would be singing to the same tune.  And NSW wouldn’t be in such dire straits and Victoria would not have plunged into another lockdown because of three recalcitrant removalists.

When Covid first reared its ugly head and the Prime Minister established the national cabinet, many thought that was exactly the right thing to do and it immediately gave us hope.  Scott Morrison and Dan Andrews were suddenly good friends.  But it didn’t last long before selfish political ambitions took over destroying the harmony that we needed so much to have happen.  All the Premiers did a fantastic job in bringing the virus under control only for the badly managed vaccine rollout – a federal responsibility – to plunge us into a series of lockdowns.  Victoria suffered a dreadful time but managed to eventually get the State back to near normal life, despite the Prime Minister together with the Treasurer and the Minister for Health, both in Victorian electorates, praising New South Wales’s gold standard approach and criticising Dan Andrews for not following NSW.

Now that NSW is in trouble, all three are suddenly very quiet.

Because Victoria is a Labor State, there was no way that the NSW Premier was going to follow what Dan Andrews did and go early and go hard into lockdown and now they are in serious trouble. But the fault really lies with the Prime Minister.  The States have certain responsibilities and so does the federal government but this is not the time for federal Liberal cabinet ministers to wave their arms and say – that is a State responsibility nor should any Premier be saying that a certain situation is a federal responsibility. This is a time to show real leadership and take control of the national government and demand that all States work as one.  It might need emergency laws passed to do so but it should have been done. Then in the event of a fresh breakout, all States would be singing to the same tune.  And NSW wouldn’t be in such dire straits and Victoria would not have plunged into another lockdown because of three recalcitrant removalists.

When Covid first reared its ugly head and the Prime Minister established the national cabinet, many thought that was exactly the right thing to do and it immediately gave us hope.  Scott Morrison and Dan Andrews were suddenly good friends.  But it didn’t last long before selfish political ambitions took over destroying the harmony that we needed so much to have happen.  All the Premiers did a fantastic job in bringing the virus under control only for the badly managed vaccine rollout – a federal responsibility – to plunge us into a series of lockdowns.  Victoria suffered a dreadful time but managed to eventually get the State back to near normal life, despite the Prime Minister together with the Treasurer and the Minister for Health, both in Victorian electorates, praising New South Wales’s gold standard approach and criticising Dan Andrews for not following NSW.

Now that NSW is in trouble, all three are suddenly very quiet.

Because Victoria is a Labor State, there was no way that the NSW Premier was going to follow what Dan Andrews did and go early and go hard into lockdown and now they are in serious trouble. But the fault really lies with the Prime Minister.  The States have certain responsibilities and so does the federal government but this is not the time for federal Liberal cabinet ministers to wave their arms and say – that is a State responsibility nor should any Premier be saying that a certain situation is a federal responsibility. This is a time to show real leadership and take control of the national government and demand that all States work as one.  It might need emergency laws passed to do so but it should have been done. Then in the event of a fresh breakout, all States would be singing to the same tune.  And NSW wouldn’t be in such dire straits and Victoria would not have plunged into another lockdown because of three recalcitrant removalists.

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