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Can Morrison sell his risky plan as a 'contract with the Australian people'?

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated August 28 2021 - 4:07am, first published August 27 2021 - 3:00am
Scott Morrison received a grudging endorsement of the outlines of his theoretical plan from premiers and chief ministers. Picture: Keegan Carroll

It looks as if the Prime Minister wants to make an election issue of his strategy to have a national approach to pandemic control. It looks as if he is more eager than most of the premiers, and most of the health establishment, to declare victory against COVID-19, albeit with some remnants, like a lone WWII Japanese soldier still carrying on the war. One doesn't see another High Court case in prospect, but he seems to want to frame ultimate Commonwealth power and authority over the matter as a matter of "freedom", consistency and aversion to bossiness.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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