What will be the end cost of this lockdown and business damage.Forget the cost. What is the monetary value of your life? If just one life is saved it is worth every cent.
~$4.6M AUD according to the Department of Prime Minster & Cabinet, based on $4.2M in 2014 inflation adjusted...So, let's say this thing will kill 2,000 Australian's before we can get on top of it. That's an economic cost of $9.2B AUD.
So we've gone from a projected surplus
of $5.0B to a budget deficit
in excess of $85B - a $90 billion dollar turnaround
due to Covid and the restrictions' politicians have imposed because of it.
I would take a guess and say that you don’t know how many people died from influenza last year. FYI, it was 745, we are just about to complete August, a full third of a year to go, our current COVID-19 body count? 600. Know what that number looks like when you extrapolate by an extra 1/2 for the remainder of the year? 900 deaths.
902 according to the WHO flu summary
with over 300,000 laboratory confirmed
cases of influenza. 1,100 deaths in 2017 as well.
The question I ask - not of Dan Andrews but of all politicians - is how much is too much?
on reading through Clive Palmer's "loss" in the federal court, the only reason I can see it is considered a win for McGowan is the presiding judge focused almost exclusively on what would happen should an uncontrolled outbreak
occur in WA, vs the chance of it actually happening and that the hard border has been effective in keeping Covid out of WA. A hard border is effective in keeping almost everything out
of a particular place, Covid, tourists, employees, unfortunately not politicians though.
So what happens when it is shown we can't
get on top of Covid in the eastern states. Dos WA keep their borders closed indefinitely? Does Dan ram through another state-of-emergency? What's their planned endgame? I ask this as I consider what happened to NZ - they did
eliminate the virus. For 3 months, then bang! 2 weeks later and they have over 100 new cases and so far as I can find they still don't know where round two came from!