probably explains why Morrison started losing his cool when asked about allocation of federal government RATs procurement.
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.
Morrison was conspicuously agitated when asked about allocation of RATs procured by the federal government. My guess is the “emergency” designation is legally regulated and defined and he has stretched it to retroactively cover for incompetence.
“Government Emergency Requisition” hm hmm could it be a category regulated by law very hard to say.
ah. Anne Davies at GuardianAus was onto it. Apparently there are “extreme urgency or events unforeseen” procurement rules. Explains the comms, the framing, and the panic from Morrison on Commonwealth RAT allocation today.
the internal inconsistency here is quite something. Extreme urgency tender process is simultaneously normal commercial channels.
Sure, Scott.
the December 2020 Commonwealth Procurement Rules. This guff is issued by obedient mouthpiece Simon Birmingham, but I can not find the “urgency” and “unforeseen” provisions.…
more from retailers on notice from suppliers that RATs are being seized by the government at point of import. Health Dept using standard “within the rules” spin.…
found the “extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseen” provision. Even if RAT demand was foreseen by everyone bar the federal clownshow, this applies to limited tender procurement (not compulsory acquisition).

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