The Premier looks like winning the upcoming state election, despite what many see as his disastrous and incompetent mishandling of the pandemic. First, there was Melbourne’s hotel quarantine fiasco, then problems with contact tracing and hundreds of preventable aged care deaths. There followed the longest cumulative lockdown of any city on Earth – 262 days – with devastating effects on mental health, personal freedoms, education, family businesses and our economy. The repercussions will be felt for years to come. Why then, after all this – plus serious allegations of corruption and foul play, would voters even consider renewing Andrews’ grip on power?
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