Living under the McGowan regime continues to be less than ideal. And as the rest of the country emerges from this pandemic and looks to the future, the grip on Western Australians remains tight and the narrative remains one couched in fear and cheap parochial politics. To make matters worse, WA, in its usually habitual apathy, is trailing the nation in the preparedness of its health system and in the progression its vaccine rollout.
In short, our hospitals are a shambles and our vaccine rollout is, frankly, inert.
To be clear, no one is suggesting the borders be flung open tomorrow and COVID19 be crop dusted over Perth. We just want a plan; a clear definitive plan so that people and business can start making their own plans to get on with their lives. On Friday, following pleas from the opposition, business and industry groups and some shaming on national television, McGowan delivered his woefully inadequate ‘safe transition plan’. This ‘plan’ will see WA set a date to reopen after it reaches 90% double dose of over 12s. It’s more a road to nowhere, and at best, it’s a plan to plan with the only reliable detail being the continued fecklessness of the WA government.
In short, it is to plans what the Lada is the automotive excellence; obscure, deficient and totally gutless.
Immediately before announcing this drivel, the McGowan government released WA Health modelling which showed that reopening at 90% would save over 200 lives and that opening at 80% would result in over 100,000 cases. That’s more than Victoria had over two years! It also fails to make allowance for therapeutics and assumes a static vaccination rate. And like most pandemic modelling, it’s a politically convenient form of junk math designed to scare rather than inform. It’s also totally at odds with the Doherty modelling which underpins the national plan and totally unlike any real-life example the world has seen to date.