There have been some very public examples of ‘compliance fatigue’. But tracking behaviour shows Australians have been responding to rules and perceived risks – and all our efforts matter.
The Australian people will be best served by separating science from politics.
Experts at the Doherty Institute have updated their modelling to heighten caution around reopening for business and play.
The problem with the plan to relax restrictions at 70% and 80% vaccination rates is it’s based on modelling that’s now obsolete.
The rules dividing states and territories are likely to remain in the short term. But as time goes on and vaccination rates increase, many may stop trying to reach COVID-zero too.
A lot is based on how effective our system of test, trace, isolate and quarantine is. And we’ll still have to accept some level of new cases.
The next months are going to remain difficult. But I’m still hopeful about the future. There will come a point when enough people are vaccinated that case numbers begin to decrease.
It’s simply not “safe” for many Australians to come out of Scott Morrison’s proverbial cave until vaccination rates increase.
Brokering peace among the factions appearing in National Cabinet will be key to a successful transition to reopening Australia. But there are many gaps in the plan.
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