Keith Duncan, Pimlico
It’s great to see popular Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews rehabilitating well and on-track to return to work. His decisive handling of the terrible COVID-19 outbreak that occurred in the quarantine system that led to over 800 deaths, mostly in the poorly funded and federally administered aged care sector, was gold standard and earned him worldwide acclaim. Both are clearly federal government responsibilities, and true to form ‘shifty’ Morrison refused to accept any responsibility.
Victoria’s decisive handling of the pandemic outbreak was in stark contrast with NSW’ Gladys Berejiklian making erratic attempts at containing outbreaks that started appallingly with the Ruby Princess fiasco, for which no-one has yet been held to account. Gladys seems incapable of making the hard decisions required to implement consistent, decisive policy, (probably too busy weaseling her way out of rorting, poor judgement, and pork-barreling allegations).
Of course, the right-wing rejects in the Murdoch media continue their relentless attacks, trying to smear and intimidate great Labor premiers like Dan Andrews, Mark McGowan and Annastacia Palaszczuk, simply because they repeatedly make the right look stupid (although it’s not hard to do). There is now little doubt that when Dan Andrews calls his election in December this year, his government will also be justly rewarded by Victorian voters, and again humiliate the conservatives.