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Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Yesterday the Business Council of Australia got some free advertising by "releasing" modelling from EY about the economic impact of the pandemic.

The modelling showed "the way we manage the recovery will be critical to ensuring people who have already lost their jobs do not fall into the trap of long-term unemployment", according to the BCA, a statement of truly profound obviousness.

Once you saw the modelling, however, the reason for "no shit, Sherlock" stuff became clear: the EY modelling was two PowerPoint slides. What it "modelled" was what would happen to the economy if the government shut everything down and provided no assistance.