Commentary: Australia's brush with Novak Djokovic reveals deeper issues with its COVID-19 response

Commentary: Australia's brush with Novak Djokovic reveals deeper issues with its COVID-19 response

22/1/2022 1:09:00 AM

Commentary: Australia's brush with Novak Djokovic reveals deeper issues with its COVID-19 response

The handling of Djokovic's visa was undoubtedly controversial, but the bigger question is why the Australian border control system is so unclear and capricious, says an observer.

National Cabinet — bringing together the leaderships of federal and state governments — was a timely innovation that tried to convince the states of shared interests in managing a virus that doesn’t recognise borders.JobKeeper (that funded employers to retain their workforce) and other fiscal supports were useful in maintaining some businesses and jobs important for long term growth but suffered endemic waste.

There are few assets to show for the 37 per cent increase in net debt and there is no plan for getting back to fiscal sustainability.Worse, there is no clear framework for when fiscal supports should come in and how. What needs to change in the social insurance scheme to make sure there is cover against future risks?

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