After Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation last week, New South Wales has a new premier. The rise of Dominic Perrottet — with links to Opus Dei, a raft of reactionary opinions, and close ties to big business — is bad news for Australia’s most populous state.
Source: Dominic Perrottet Is Bad News for New South Wales
Doctors have called on NSW to “pump the brakes” on easing restrictions too fast amid concern hospitals will be overwhelmed and as it was reported the state’s chief health officer does not endorse the new roadmap. The state’s new Premier Dominic Perrottet fronted media without Dr Kerry Chant on Thursday to announce some freedoms would be fast-tracked from Monday. The Australian Medical Association’s NSW branch has reacted to the changes with a warning that they were happening too quickly which would overwhelm the hospital system and burn out healthcare workers. “We’ve got a new premier in the driver’s seat, but that’s not a good enough reason to deviate from the course previously set,” AMA NSW President Danielle McMullen said. “Keeping people safe must be the premier’s top priority. “Relaxing restrictions too soon will not be a ‘popular’ decision if it means the number of people contracting the virus and ending up in hospital skyrockets.”
Source: Doctors urge NSW to ‘pump the brakes’ on easing restrictions
He has six kids. The possibility of any one of them contracting Covid and being hospitalised is greater than in the average Aussie family simply because of the numbers. It will be significant given the lessons learned from Israel’s experience. Even experts like Fauci have said increased hospitalisation of children is probable. However, for Perrotet politics seems to taken priority over his family’s personal risk. The only thing that protects them from their father’s irreponsibility their social and economic status? Perrotet doesn’t seem to care.
Per Quartz, “On Aug. 31, Israel registered 11,000 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily number since the pandemic began. The worrying thing was: That day’s case count beat a record set in mid-January when only a small proportion of Israel’s population had been vaccinated. “By the end of August, at least 68% of Israelis had received at least one vaccine dose, but even the vaccinated were falling sick enough to need hospitalization.
“In Israel, as in the US or western Europe, children form a large part of the as-yet-unvaccinated population. In August, the Israeli government predicted that children would make up half of all new Covid cases by the time the school year began on Sep. 1, and it instituted strict testing regimens for schools.
“The delta variant is much more highly transmissible than was alpha. So, given that, you will see more children likely to get infected,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in mid-August. “A certain percentage of them will require hospitalisation.”
Source: School is in, but Perrottet didn’t do his homework – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Opposition leaders and shadow ministries not getting enough air-time in traditional media, means that they’re unable to do their job keeping governments, ministers, and portfolios to account. We aren’t a democracy without their contributions. A prime example of this is NSW Opposition leader Chris Minns. Last week when NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, made the shock announcement about the daily Covid pressers, Minns announced his own presser for the vacated timeslot. Despite Berejiklian saying that Sunday was her last presser she held another one yesterday. Minns held his short presser yesterday at 11am via Facebook with his Shadow Health Minister, Ryan Park. The lack of dead corporate language used as well as their to-the-point communication style was refreshing. Key points made were about the need for the NSW government to do daily pressers with clear communication, and the need for the opportunity to scrutinise decisions that they make. Other points made were about our healthcare system being in crisis, for Berejiklian to be accountable, and for other people in her Covid management team to do the pressers if she can not.
Source: NSW Labor opposition leader makes sense in daily pressers – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Can Berejiklian be likened to the Capitain of the Costa Concordia. He was jailed for abandoning his ship
Berejiklian has been foreshadowing the pandemic in NSW was going to get to its worst, its toughest; that the hospital system would be stretched to its elastic limit in October, based on modelling the NSW Health Department had prepared. Modelling, by the way, she’s not been very forthcoming with. So, knowing that the state is headed for a cliff, she’s essentially jumped out of the driver’s seat to get a better view of the spectacle. “I’ll turn up when I need to,” are words that emerged from her sneering maw today.
Source: With her state heading for disaster, Gladys bails on NSW – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“Where there is a potential to put more vaccines into NSW, even beyond what we’re already doing, well, of course, we will seek to do that. But we are not going to disrupt the vaccination program around the rest of the country,” he said after a meeting of the national cabinet.
Source: Pfizer doses to be spaced out in NSW crisis, but state fails to get change in vaccination program
After Christchurch Women and Shooters are grinners in NSW (ODT)
In stark contrast, when counting finished last night, the Liberals were on track to hold all but one of their Sydney seats — it’s what saved them the election.
Despite NSW’s Coalition Government clinging to power, federal Liberals are also nervously eyeing off the results and wondering how much of a drag the Nationals will be on their vote when an election is called soon.
NSW election leaves Liberal MPs furious with Nationals, exposing cracks in Coalition – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The ABC Four Corners program, Pumped, has uncovered what could be one of the largest known cases of alleged water theft in Australia’s history and evidence that the NSW Government did nothing to stop it.Four Corners has exposed allegations that the NSW Government has failed to prosecute rogue irrigators and may have shut-down active investigations into this water theft.
Source: Murray-Darling Basin ‘theft’ revelations must trigger ICAC investigation