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Health chief of Australia's Victoria state quits in fallout from quarantine probe

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People love the blame game and pointing fingers. This lady is very brave to take sole responsibility for an action against an unpredictable situation. I am sure her resignation will be a wake-up call for some.

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Mikakos was incompetent, but at least she had the grace to resign after being thrown under the bus by her colleagues. Not so the rest of them, especially the premier himself, who have a curious case of collective amnesia about who was responsible to the quarantine fiasco.

Andrews is a rotten liar who should be in prison.

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People love the blame game and pointing fingers. This lady is very brave to take sole responsibility for an action against an unpredictable situation. I am sure her resignation will be a wake-up call for some.

Good on her to do this but I do not think the outbreak is an unpredictable situation. Australia has closed its international border and even restricted the movement of people between states to contain the spread of Covid-19. This means the whole international tourism industry and even parts of domestic tourism are sacrificed so Aussies can live a relatively Covid free lives. Therefore, the quarantine of returning traveller must be taken very seriously and the use of untrained private security guards is clearly a serious lapse of judgement. As usual when asked whose fault is it no one puts up his or her hand and just keeps saying "I don't know". People loves pointing fingers but sometimes someone needs to take responsibility.

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For far too many people on the right-hand side of politics here in Australia, the main point of the game is not so much to see Victoria climb out of the corona hole that the State Government's mistakes has put us in, the main game is to bring about the downfall of Daniel Andrews, a politician who not only has the nerve to belong to the wrong faction of the wrong party in power, but also to have had the gall to have won two elections, and won them resoundingly. We see this every day from the Murdoch media, which monotonously highlights the politics of the issue while giving only grudging acknowledgement for the so far resoundingly successful efforts of the Andrews Government to correct its own errors.

As a resident of Melbourne for whom this lockdown has been the daily grind for months, I don't want to see mass resignations by Ministers in a further abdication of responsibility for fixing the mess. I want to see stability, and a continued focus that I very much doubt would be brought to the task by the pathetic, enfeebled Opposition, or even by a trawl further down into the ever-diminishing barrel of Government talent, which at the State level is not a particularly deep one. Stick with it, get on with the job, face the people at the next Election and have judgement pronounced on you then, one way or the other. The polls support Andrews and the measures he's taken, and we've gone too far along this path and made far too many sacrifices to risk jeopardizing everything with mass resignations and all the instability that would be brought down on our heads as a consequence.

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Andrews, Jobs Minister Martin Pakula and Police Minister Lisa Neville all denied being involved in the decision. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, his predecessor Graham Ashton, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and multiple senior public servants also said it wasn’t their decision.

Talk about passing the buck.And look who they give it too. A female,ethnic woman.Very classy.

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A female,ethnic woman.Very classy.

Most female (humans) are women.

gary

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Police in Victoria arresting journalists and pregnant women for expressing their opinions and doing their jobs-a power trip by those in power!

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BigYen, I agree the Libs in Victoria are pathetic, with the exception of Tim Smith, which is one big reason why Andrews is still premier.

But the inquiry is showing day in and day out that nobody is taking responsibility for their actions in relation to the quarantine fiasco, including Andrews, and the buck stops with him. What’s more, he wants the police and other “authorised officers,” whatever that means, to lock up people people before they even commit a crime under his draconian laws. This includes peaceful protesters and people lawfully voicing their opinions. Yet the cops did nothing when thousands of BLM protesters marched through Melbourne while numbers were rising. It’s a clear case of double standards - if Andrews agrees with the cause, it’s ok.

and we've gone too far along this path and made far too many sacrifices to risk jeopardizing everything with mass resignations and all the instability that would be brought down on our heads as a consequence.

Sunk cost fallacy. They have to hire some competent experts, which they failed to do first up, instead of yes-men and unqualified public servants. Clear the decks and get people who know what they’re doing and aren’t scared to tell the premier he’s wrong. There was only on senior public servant who went public and resigned out of frustration, clearly unable to get through to Andrews and his cadre of lackeys.

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The Local Government there has gone full Fascist. Absolute Tyranny of Government and

No Pushback. Japan,Netherlands etc respect their people and NO Lockdowns. They are ANTI Human.

The P.M. Morrison of OZ is Missing in Action. No Respect for his people either.

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@garymalmgren

female,ethnic woman.Very classy.

Most female (humans) are women.

These days, she(he) could be female but identify as a man. Female men. They exist. (Did I type that with tongue-in-cheek or cheek-in-tongue?) Topsy Turvy

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These days, she(he) could be female but identify as a man. Female men. They exist. (Did I type that with tongue-in-cheek or cheek-in-tongue?) Topsy Turvy

Find out what AIS, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome is. One may be genetically male, as in an X and a Y chromosome, yet have a fully female body, or be "intersex" with any mixture of male and female attributes. The practice in the west has been for surgeons to assign intersex babies a sex through cosmetic surgery at as young an age as possible. Increasingly that practice is frowned upon, preferring to let the child chose their sex later on when they can tell which sex fits their nature.

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The Local Government there has gone full Fascist. Absolute Tyranny of Government and

No Pushback. Japan,Netherlands etc respect their people and NO Lockdowns. They are ANTI Human.

The P.M. Morrison of OZ is Missing in Action. No Respect for his people either.

Someone still doesn't understand the gravity of this pandemic. Thinking like yours is why the pandemic will continue to kill people around the world needlessly.

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