Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)


For a government that has spent the past two decades appeasing its base and "stopping the boats", the Morrison government’s willingness to allow virus-ridden Australians back in the country seems out of character.

This column has been a strident advocate of squashing the curve. The corollary to that was opening up the economy as soon as possible (the harder the lockdown, the quicker the opening).

Four weeks of hard lockdown would allow the domestic economy to start returning to some state of normal far quicker than half measures (this is better both for businesses and lives).