Common sense requires that:
1/- Authority should close down or restrict and lift the standards on activities that spread the disease (age care, dayhealth care, meat work) while leaving alone activities which carry little risk (construction using heavy equipments).
1a/- Each occupation/specialty should be evaluated against its occupational benefits and risks.
1b/- Health care cannot be shut down but its usage should be reduced to lend available capacity to pandemic care.
1e/- Victorian authority should not promote unnecessary usage of its other services like home care, child minding.
1f/- Meat works which have high contagion rate need be reorganized immediately even at the cost of temporatory closing down. The state can go without fresh meat for a long while.
2/- Location and time of outbreaks should be clearly publicized to facillitate tracing. Sharing of information like in South Korea, New South Wale is necessary for trust in authority. Hiding of information put question on the honesty and sincerity of authority.
2a/- In the past Vietnam had successfully used its century old practice of painting white with lime any infected house. Presently Vietnamese authorities don’t hesitate from fully locking down any infected street blocks but the lockdowns are less severe for surrounding suburbs and even less for larger cities containing the suburbs. This method of graduated lockdown from ground zero keeps people away from infected area while allows un-infected areas to have near normal life.
2b/- Areas to be isolated should be street blocks with physically visible delimiting lines. It should not be replaced by any half baked high tech measure which only enrich bureaucrats with connection to phone makers.
2c/- Smallest areas to be isolated should be street blocks, not post codes and certainly not cities.
3/- Contact tracing must be done. New South Wale is doing it and has success in containing every outbreak. The arrogant government of Victoria must learn from New South Wale.
4/- Employees on salary of State and local governments should not be allowed to enjoy the close down of activitities. They should channel their activities to anti-infection measures: Publicizing latest informations on the pandemics, installing sanitizer dispensers at public areas, etc..
5/- Other States and Federal governments can HELP BY NOT GIVING unconditional limitless financial support to the State of Victoria. All financial help should be fully or partly repaid by Victoria in the future.
Victorian government seems to act against all the above and use the cover of Covid-19 to grant itself more power:
2/- It is sending its police force to arrest people in their homes:
– Outrageous news Covid Victoria : Man charged with incitement following Roxburgh Park lockdown protest (https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/man-charged-with-incitement-following-roxburgh-park-lockdown-protest-20200901-p55r81.html).
– Outrageous news: Pregnant woman arrested in front of her children for creating Facebook event protesting coronavirus lockdown (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pregnant-woman-arrested-in-front-of-her-children-for-creating-facebook-event-protesting-coronavirus-lockdown)
4/- While Australian national radio PNN invariaby reads out locations and time and warning to possible contacts for every outbreak in NSW, QLD and other states, no informations had come from Victoria even the number of outbreaks and untraceable cases in Melbourne is nearly most of the whole nation. Victorian Government has totally blacked out its informations in Melbourne.
5/- Currently the infection number is about 80×14= 1120/fornight. The Victorian government loves to keep the state in lockdown until the number subsides to 100/fornight. That implies the lock down may extend to November 2020.
6/- Current Victorian policy is pushing Victoria into China’s debt trap:
– ‘Dud deal’: Victorian Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien vows to scrap Belt and Road initiative – ABC News (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-30/victoria-liberal-opposition-leader-scrap-belt-road-initiative/12303250)
– Victorian deal with China could be scrapped by Federal Government’s proposed new foreign relations powers – ABC News (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-26/government-boosts-powers-to-cancel-foreign-agreements/12599000)
The readers are reminded by two quite appropriate quotes from Trotsky with the Victorian Premier aspiring to be a new Stalin:
There is no justice in bureaucracy for the individual, for bureaucracy caters only to itself. One cannot practice the same bureaucracy as one is fighting against.- Leon Trotsky; https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1218656
In Stalin each [Soviet bureaucrat] easily finds himself. But Stalin also finds in each one a small part of his own spirit. Stalin is the personification of the bureaucracy. That is the substance of his political personality.-Leon Trotsky,