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Your views: on lockdown, lies and leadership

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Today, readers comment on shutdown and quarantine.

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Commenting on the story: What we know today, Tuesday November 24

We are a small business and, yes, the rapid lockdown cost us some income. On top of that I needed a COVID test to check my sore throat and slight fever.

And despite that I am immensely grateful that we have leaders who are prepared to make quick decisions, because the consequences could have been so much worse of they hadn’t. The lockdown was the result of the modelling. The modelling was based on the most accurate information they had – which was distorted by the “lie”. Media reporting appears to omit that detail.

And then the leaders made another quick decision to stop the lockdown as more information, and modelling were available!

 That’s what successful  leaders do in a crisis situation – they act to impose a workable order, then triage to manage the consequences.

Blaming them is not useful (even if letting off steam feels good to the venter); learning for next time is. Anama Morriss

Commenting on the story: Revealed: Govt event staff  ‘seconded to work’ in medi-hotels

Give the job to the Commonwealth, for God’s sake! They have the facilities and the resources. – Trevor Wilkins

Regards the Spanish 485 Temporary Graduate Visa holder, whilst not condoning the false info given in the initial CDCB contact tracing interview, the current reviews/investigations need to examine the lack of cultural sensitivities (and not just language) when the non-citizen is interviewed by CDCB.

Culturally appropriate messaging on matters COVID to medi-hotel workers is not sufficiently conveyed to the families of these workers (the 2nd generation contacts). This should be required and perhaps Parafield Cluster would’ve been avoided/minimised.

Where is the culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging/training for these migrants and essentially their extended family?

When CDCB contact tracers interview the Spanish chap, there would be recognition that yes he’s from a different background and yes, likely been living in Australia for at least four years (this can be deduced from his 485 visa end date). 

But one must recognise that a CDCB contact tracer is likely to be viewed by such a non-citizen as an extension of government, and many migrants would have fear in speaking to such authorities arising from their very different cultural experiences.

Is/was there a failure to adequate advise the interviewee about the limited use of the health info and none of it would not be referred to Dept. Of Home Affairs, not to the ATO, not even to the SAPOL (other than to ensure one is properly following the health orders and quarantining etc).

We can assume from the events that unfolded, the 36 y.o. Spaniard’s understanding of the specific use of the information sort by CDCB contact tracers was not adequately explained, nor his understanding confirmed.

CDCB were interested in the main about his places of work in this context, not whether he was a self-employed ABN holder, a PAYG earner or receiving cash in hand for work – none of which is of any interest the the CDCB contact tracers.

It’s long established that overseas students and subsequent 485 visa holders are screwed over by their employers. They put the fear of god into them, that they are expendable, and being underpaid and usually overworked is the acceptable standard of employment for such workers.

This power over temporary visa holders is a stain on Australia’s reputation. They fear reporting their employment for fear of repercussions that might impact on earning an income or frustrate a path to ultimate goal of Australian residency.

Lets not put the “lockdown” fiasco on the shoulders of any one individual. There are plenty. A Health department, a whole country who share the blame. – Craig Mortimer

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