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Josh’s crocodile tears … Burnside notice … Mundine gets, uh, blunt



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Josh Frydenberg feels bad about the members of his community doing it COVID tough. Not enough to help fix the problem, but… That, and other tips from the Crikey bunker.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

If only there were something we could do: part 4000 Overnight Treasurer Josh Frydenberg shared with us “some heartfelt & heartbreaking letters I have received from members of my local community who have been doing it tough during the lockdowns”. And of course no one would dispute that the mental well-being of many Victorians has taken a sprint at the nearest cliff during the 200-and-something days of lockdown split over the past two years. But Frydenberg’s history with this is not good.

But the real sour taste this leaves is this: Frydenberg knows he could, with a stroke of a pen, improve the mental well-being of thousands of those in lockdown by resuming the kind of financial support that allows people to feed themselves and pay rent. Coincidence or not, when that support was in place last year, suicides decreased in Victoria, interminable lockdown and all.

A walk on the Burnside Former Clean Energy Finance Corporation chief executive Oliver Yates (also a former candidate for Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong) has a few thoughts on the handling of New South Wales’ COVID disaster. It’s an inside job:

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Charlie Lewis

Tips and Murmurs Editor @theshufflediary

Charlie writes about industrial relations, politics and culture. Prior to Crikey he worked across government and unions and was a researcher on RN’s Daily Planet. He hosted The Alternative History on Triple R, and is an occasional host on Breakfasters.

Charlie Lewis — Tips and Murmurs Editor