At least Mussolini made the trains run on time.

Fascism only has one allegedly positive attribute, and that is competent efficiency. Given that the Coalition’s one trumpeted achievement -- its ability to stop boats -- turns out to be a mirage (285 of NSW’s 1900 COVID-19 cases came off cruise ships), its sudden lurch to authoritarian rule is a bit of an unfunny laugh.

What I’m about to say is unrelated to the measures the government has taken in response to COVID-19, including the game-changing JobKeeper subsidy announcement. My point is about the hidden risks of expedient rule-making.