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August 26, 2020

Victoria, Australia Premier Daniel Andrews, Wikimedia Commons, CC by SA 4.0

Dear Editor,

Don’t knock Donald Trump, because relative to population, America’s coronavirus situation is far from the worst, and as the Free World’s Greatest Protector, Trump knows the USA must get back to business!

As one knowing both great business success and failure, not merely for Victoria’s, but for Australia’s sake, I’m imploring Premier Daniel Andrews not to extend Victoria’s coronavirus State of Emergency lockdown.

My wife and I are in our mid-70s. Our so-very-brave eldest daughter is nearing her fifth of probably six weeks of total “in-the-bubble” lockdown (not one visit from Mum, Hubby or her children permitted) in the wonderful Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre at the Austin. My 96-year-old Auntie Peg is the last of my 26 uncles and aunties (with my parents long gone).

Premier Andrews, you can throw all the Victorian taxpayers’ (it’s not the Victorian Government’s) money at this and that until it runs out. However, business (the true creator of wealth and sustainable employment) cannot just turn on a switch and create instant employment…it simply can’t be done (or the damage you’ve done undone) in an instant!

Sure, as they always do, new businesses will emerge! However, just like sporting or academic careers, starts have to be made, followed most often with gradual buildups.

Please, Premier Daniel Andrews, to start (and restart) businesses, loans have to be raised and guaranteed, usually against the family home. So Mr Andrews, are you and your cabinet (mostly having been only career pollies, union reps, school teachers, etc., living off the public purse) going to put all your family homes and other assets up as security to support/start businesses to employ Victorians (and our future taxpayers)?


Howard Hutchins
Victoria, Australia

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