If Scott Morrison was any kind of leader, purpose-built quarantine facilities would be up and running by now.
Instead, it again falls to a state Premier to fill the leadership vacuum, with Annastacia Palaszczuk committing to fast-tracking the purpose-built quarantine facility proposed at Wellcamp, near Toowoomba.
It’s been more than 18 months since the first COVID case in Australia.
Premier Palaszczuk proposed Wellcamp as a fit for purpose facility in January.
This project could be safely quarantining people right now.
Scott Morrison had two jobs this year – rolling out the vaccine and fixing quarantine.
He has fundamentally failed at both.
Quarantine is a Federal responsibility. With this Prime Minister, all responsibilities are always shipped to someone else.
If Scott Morrison had done his job – there would have been fewer than the 27 disastrous outbreaks from hotel quarantine.
If Scott Morrison had done his job – there wouldn’t be 38,000 stranded Australians left overseas desperate to get home.
If Scott Morrison had done his job – the extended, devastating lockdowns on the east coast wouldn’t be happening.
From the Prime Minister known for his “I don’t hold a hose” and “it’s not a race” style of accountability, today’s press conference was another shining example of his lack of leadership.
Now one can add “She has been at liberty to do that for months” and “Good for them, I wish them every success” to the litany of examples of this Prime Minister’s absence of leadership, revulsion at responsibility, and his reflexive avoidance of simply ever just doing his job.