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All jobs are equal, but some are more equal than others

It’s difficult to know whether Scott Morrison and his national cabinet are focused primarily on saving lives or saving businesses. Or whether they are simply blind to the what has happened in China, the country which has seen the full wave of COVID-19, or even Italy, whose lockdown has finally curtailed daily growth in cases.

Morrison is clearly enjoying his stint as a wartime prime minister. He boasted last week that he was saving jobs through his half-baked actions, while bizarrely saying that the restrictions would last at least six months (which creates incredible uncertainty for business). 

He may be right in one sense: he may be saving some jobs, but he’s costing many others -- so the net effect of confusing stage two or three restrictions is massively negative.