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The devil is always in the detail, and the unfolding response to the threatened second wave of coronavirus is proof of the poor public policy that now governs us.

Daniel Andrews has rightfully apologised for the monumental failings of the Victorian hotel quarantine program. Victorians deserve to feel let down by a system -- and politicians -- that eschewed planning and delivered a shoddy response to an unfolding pandemic.

But there is a mighty lesson for other states in the Coate report -- including Queensland, which has been given star billing during the pandemic lockdown. Queensland has had fewer cases than other states, and its perceived strong decision-making and largely compliant population has won acclaim internationally.