NSW Govt tries to Blame Limousine Driver for New Sydney COVID Outbreak
26 June 2021
The pathetic efforts of Gladys Berejeklian to blame the limousine driver for the latest COVID outbreak, which has now caused a city-wide lockdown and an increasing number of cases needs to be judged on its demerits. Obviously there should have been regulations that anyone on the front line had to be vaccinated, and surely driving a limo from the airport to the quarantine hotel is ‘front line’.
She said that she ‘could not control the subcontractor of the subcontractor.’ Actually, she could have. Now she has the regulation that she should have had months ago- front line staff have to be vaccinated.
Of course, the reason for the spread of the virus from the Melbourne quarantine hotels months ago was the fact that the support staff had many jobs, because they were not permanent and had shifts everywhere. The same problem occurred with transmission in Victorian Nursing homes- casual shifts. Now it is Sydney drivers.
The farmers are moaning that they will not be able to pick the fruit without the visas for backpackers, foreign students and Pacific Islanders. Skilled migrants? I do not think so. It is about sub award wages and poor conditions. If Australia is a rich country we need also to remember our roots as the country of a ‘fair go’. If top wage are high by world standards, so they should be at the bottom. If wages were high enough Aussies would pick the fruit, and cleaners and limousine drivers would have regular jobs and award wages.
But here was the NSW Government trying to blame the limo driver for the outbreak. But today’s Sun Herald has the Police Commissioner saying that the driver had committed no crime. Neither has the NSW Government- they are just incompetent, but no one seems to blame them.