Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews, (known to some as Chairman Dan, and others as Teflon Dan) has declared a state of emergency.  Scary. I looked it up and the definition is ‘a situation of national danger or disaster in which a government suspends normal constitutional procedures in order to regain control.’  It has been extended six times right up to the legal limit.. Dan Andrews says he wants to extend it by a further 12 months – ‘and potentially longer.’ That is, unless there’s a vaccine before the 12 months are up.   But the implication is, that once he has those powers, there may be no limit.)

There’s no mention of suspending curfew, vague and unconvincing talk of opening up small business. Shops that were open during stage 3 don’t have a hope of surviving. Some have already closed down. With job keeper ending soon, so many more people will be out of work.  I don’t know what making a ‘minor change to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act’ means. I suspect it doesn’t bode well. I’ve  heard Dan Andrews say that we can go to stage 5 (whatever scary thing that might mean), if it is deemed necessary. Extending a state of emergency will give him the power to do it and more. 

I’m considering that there is currently a six month limit to State of Emergency Powers and how hard it’s going be to get politicians of whatever stripe to change that legislation back.  Interesting times.

12 thoughts on “State of Emergency

  1. Dan Andrews is one of the many political leaders on the planet who’s using this pandemic to amass dictatorial powers for themselves.

    When a major severe crisis hits, one of the symptoms is a politician’s “inner megalmaniacal despot” starts to emerge.

    • We’ve been let off the leash as of midnight last night. Still many restrictions and Andrews tells us that if we don’t do the right thing (code for behave ourselves) we could be back in lockdown. 😉

      • Good for you all. Yes, it is the “behaving” that seems to be the problem in many places. I believe that if people would follow guidelines and “behave” we could ALL be living a life more resembling PRE-COVID, but so many people won’t be “inconvenienced” so we have a lot more cases and deaths than if we “behaved”.

      • Yes, there’s always going to be flat earthier types who believe that the rules don’t apply to them and stuff things up for the rest of us.

        But the anger that many of us feel is because this second wave was not necessary.
        The 800 deaths as a result of it weren’t necessary.
        We can thank the second wave on returning travellers who didn’t “behave.“
        We can blame it on Andrews who lied about the offer of ADF help.
        Andrews and his merry men turned up at the enquiry claiming amnesia. No one could tell who ordered the untrained guards
        Andrews resisted voluntarily handing over the phone records that would show who was to blame.
        Even though the police said a curfew wasn’t necessary, Andrews foisted it on Victorians
        The list is endless.

    • We’re already being prepared to have our children and grandchildren to shoulder the financial burden, Bruce. Funny, but it’s generally Labor that overspends and finds itself in debt, then Liberals will put things back in the black. Last time it took ten years. 🙂

      • I go along with that Mary despite the fact that Libs tax hard to do it. I’d rather have money in the bank than see it go on stupid schemes like the Pink Batts in GFC times. This time is somewhat extraordinary though isn’t it?

      • Labours baby indeed. Somehow, the whole political scene on both parties went into turmoil after that. Try not to worry too much Mary and I’ll maybe persist with chopsticks and Elise.

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