In a lead item in Saturday's Herald Sun on the never-ending home imprisonment of Victorians, Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg warns of its effect on young people, quoting Melbourne University paediatrician and adolescent health expert Professor Fiona Russell: "We cannot ... keep ... locking them down all the time. ... children are not resilient. The most disadvantaged children and families ... are worst affected."
Meanwhile Small Business Australia's Bill Lang despairs of the devastation the ongoing nightmare has wrought: " ... we are talking sbout the livelihoods of tens of thousands of small business owners and the hundreds of thousands of people they employ ... There is a point when the the health bureaucrats who have financially crippled this state and paid no heed to the mental health of their policy of continuous ... lockdown ... need to be moved to the back of the room - and the interests of those who have been asked to carry incredible financial and emotional burden are placed front and centre."
On Friday, Victorian health minister Martin Foley was condescendingly, passive-aggressively dismissive of growing unrest about Victoria's endless road to nowhere: "I think everyone just needs to take a chill pill." Junior minister Jaala Pulford - incredibly, responsible for the small business portfolio - chimed in with her much-practised technique of speaking as if to infants: "I think we can start talking about this in terms of how many sleeps we are counting because it is very, very exciting."