“emergency services and that includes law enforcement and corrective services” - Scott Morrison.
ten per cent is a pretty low estimate of infected and isolating workers but moving on. Morrison is blaming the extremely high transmission rates on infectiousness. Disruption to workforces are inevible.
mask is off hur hur on why he is so aggressive about schools being open. Schools open means shops open, he says. Schools open means health care workers. His decisions are based on keeping Australians at work, says Scott.
“keeping the economy functioning while we ride this wave” says Morrison. If there were any humans, or a society, I missed it. He does seem to have figured out that it is workers who keep the economy running, a first.
Morrison says they have been having talks with industry on RAT supply for quite some time and then - I swear this is what I heard anyway - “going back to AUKUS last year”.
now he has his medical expert hat on and is ad libbing his personal account of how omicron behaves. He then again runs discovery doctrine 3.0 comms on “completely different” circumstances, a lie.
surveillance testing in schools. They are looking at those arrangements. Morrison says students are a priority and teachers are a priority. He says infections happen through staff in schools and in aged care.
one thing that is no different to March 2020: mixed messaging on and refusal to invest in covid safe infrastructure for schools; and framing schools as a necesry service to working parents and “the economy”.
he does not intend to answer questions on [the tennis player visa] at this time so that can lead every news bulletin for the next two days, like the minister not making a decision has led news bulletins for the last two days.
“the defence forces are not a shadow workforce for the tire conomy”. Drink.
the RAT supply he is referring to are for distribution centres, they are essential workers, Morrison says. He is getting antsy. Repeats his defence forces line with an angry snort. The gulping has started.
“those stresses and strains are being caused by large numbers of people getting the virus” says Morrison on the catastrophe happening in aged care.
People! Causing stresses and strains by being sick.
he tells Tingle to look at hospitalisations, ICU and ventilator numbers. Says PCRs are “obviously superior” to RATs. Loses his train of thought and defaults to the comms about how omicron is new and bad.
another visa Q. This one does not name [tennis player]. Morrison is very fluent on the matter of non-citizen visa holders. Almost as tho he has spent more time doing homework on distinguishing visa holding from “entering the border” than in aged care.
and with a few death rate comms and economy lies, off he fu… oh wait. He also wants indulgence to wish his wife a happy wedding anniversary at a plague presser☺️👋🏼

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part 2 of 2 here. Both tweets have multiple replies describing similar experiences, people saying they were emailed about “emergency” requisition of their RAT orders, imposed on suppliers by the federal government.
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