Saturday, October 9, 2021, 10:44 pm
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The deaths of 360 people in News South Wales during the 2021 Winter lock-down should have put an end to over-optimistic ideas about handling COVID-19.
Before that the State’s eighteen-months death-toll had been 54, with much cocky assurance it had found a way to put the economy first and get away with that fairly painlessly. Then Winter saw Australia’s heaviest impacts of the COVID epidemic shift to NSW, during the period between the start of lock-down in mid-June and the beginning of October.
On 5 October the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian having fallen on her sword, her successor, Dominic Perrottet, an awkward, defensive and ideologically-driven young man from the right wing, signalled basically little change in priorities: COVID might be bad, but easing up on business activity would be worse.