Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

Tsar of all
the Victorians

Today, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews did another of his star turns before the Melbourne press corps, announcing that he would be granting his subjects a number of reprieves from the arbitrary, largely unexplained and all too often capricious rulings on what is and what isn’t permitted.

As of tomorrow, for instance, those who reside within 5km of a body water can do some angling, albeit for no more than two hours every day. Golfers, however, must continue to leave their clubs in the closet. Why? The Premier rabbited on about the danger of COVID-soaked crowds assembling on fairways, but the key indicator of his explanation’s worth and the speaker’s veracity was that his lips were moving.

And finally the hated curfew has been scuttled. Premier Andrew’s beneficence? No doubt he would wish his subjects to conclude as much, but like so much else in his disastrous handling of the COVID outbreak and subsequent efforts to unshoulder the blame for some 800 deaths, deviousness would seem once again to be afoot.

Tomorrow in the Supreme Court the documents and modelling detailing the rationale for the curfew  — if indeed there was one — are to be revealed.

And, lo, suddenly the curfew ends!

Watch the video atop this post. Not so long ago many might have dismissed it as the ravings of a man in the grip of terminal paranoia. Today, with Victoria’s economy in ruins and fines for defying Premier Andrews’ will now standing at $5000, being paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

Monolithic insanity

Marc Hendrickx, author of of The Right to Climb Ayers Rock, has lifted his jaw off the floor to address Google’s compliance with a Parks Australia request that it black out, so to speak, a virtual tour of the monolith. He writes:

Not happy with ignoring the wishes of past owners who encouraged visitors to climb (men like Tiger Tjalkalyrri and Mitjenkeri Mick), or destroying their income as visitor numbers plummet to lows last seen prior to William Gosse’s first visit in 1873 the current ‘owners’ now want blurry images of the climb available through Google Earth to be censored.

And sadly it seems Google has complied with this outrageous censorship.

Can 2020 get any lower?

Marc expanded on the absurdity of the ban with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. Their conversation can be heard in full here.

Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

Tsar of all
the Victorians

Today, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews did another of his star turns before the Melbourne press corps, announcing that he would be granting his subjects a number of reprieves from the arbitrary, largely unexplained and all too often capricious rulings on what is and what isn’t permitted.

As of tomorrow, for instance, those who reside within 5km of a body water can do some angling, albeit for no more than two hours every day. Golfers, however, must continue to leave their clubs in the closet. Why? The Premier rabbited on about the danger of COVID-soaked crowds assembling on fairways, but the key indicator of his explanation’s worth and the speaker’s veracity was that his lips were moving.

And finally the hated curfew has been scuttled. Premier Andrew’s beneficence? No doubt he would wish his subjects to conclude as much, but like so much else in his disastrous handling of the COVID outbreak and subsequent efforts to unshoulder the blame for some 800 deaths, deviousness would seem once again to be afoot.

Tomorrow in the Supreme Court the documents and modelling detailing the rationale for the curfew  — if indeed there was one — are to be revealed.

And, lo, suddenly the curfew ends!

Watch the video atop this post. Not so long ago many might have dismissed it as the ravings of a man in the grip of terminal paranoia. Today, with Victoria’s economy in ruins and fines for defying Premier Andrews’ will now standing at $5000, being paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

Monolithic insanity

Marc Hendrickx, author of of The Right to Climb Ayers Rock, has lifted his jaw off the floor to address Google’s compliance with a Parks Australia request that it black out, so to speak, a virtual tour of the monolith. He writes:

Not happy with ignoring the wishes of past owners who encouraged visitors to climb (men like Tiger Tjalkalyrri and Mitjenkeri Mick), or destroying their income as visitor numbers plummet to lows last seen prior to William Gosse’s first visit in 1873 the current ‘owners’ now want blurry images of the climb available through Google Earth to be censored.

And sadly it seems Google has complied with this outrageous censorship.

Can 2020 get any lower?

Marc expanded on the absurdity of the ban with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. Their conversation can be heard in full here.