Twenty-seven hours into it, I’m still doubtful about the wisdom of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, especially on a day when no new COVID community transmission cases were announced, and on a day when, bizarrely, our Premier appeared to celebrate her power to close down the capital in her social media posts (see below).
Yes, COVID is a serious disease, and we don’t want to end up like the US or UK, but it’s currently the middle of Summer, not Winter, Brisbane is much less dense than British or American cities, and we’ve only had one recent case of community transmission.
Before substantially inconveniencing two million people and denying many businesses much needed trade, it would have been good for the government to provide a firmer justification for the sudden lockdown. Yes, the government is applying the Precautionary Principle, but, as I discussed with Joe Branigan last year, we should be sceptical of using that principle in public policy:
Apparently, if we have just one more case of community transmission before Monday 6pm, the lockdown will be extended until the end of the month. How can people or businesses make plans if a panicky Chief Health Officer and Premier can impose a lockdown with only ten hours’ notice and with such sketchy justification, as they did yesterday?
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