The Greens welcome the strategies proposed by the Grattan Institute Report Go For Zero and support the goal of zero transmission.
Instead of passing the buck off to the states or getting into verbals with State Premiers the Commonwealth Government must show leadership and look to how we can get to zero transmission in our community and have a view to long term planning and a strategic approach, rather than making vague announcements about “opening up” in the media.
Wanting economies to open up isn't going to get us there, we all understand that communities are hurting and businesses are hurting but just easing restrictions is not the answer.
The Government is failing to consider the economic costs of lifting restrictions preemptively.
If the Government is serious about getting the economy back to normal and open they cannot just say lets open up, we need a plan for dealing with ongoing community transmission.
We know that this Government is allergic to looking at the evidence but if they really want to do what is best for the economy and our community then must seriously consider a goal of zero transmission and they must be clearly communicating their plans.
The current suppression approach means allowing restrictions to loosen while there’s still virus circulating in the community. This is likely to mean a continuing cycle of see-sawing lockdowns as outbreaks pop up across the country, which means ongoing economic disruption and uncertainty.
Economic support to aid people forced to miss work due to COVID-19 isolation must be extended.
We should be investing in the development of rapid testing technology so that we can get 24 hour or even immediate results
The current uncertainty in the community about the possibility of future lockdowns is bad for the community and bad for the economy. A clear roadmap towards zero transmission of the virus in Australia would provide certainty for both people and the economy.
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180