Melbourne public housing residents offered $5m payout over Covid lockdown

ER Editor: A reminder that the notorious premier of the state of Victoria is none other than Dan Andrews. Who we don’t believe has been seen in a while.

For context, readers may be interested in these Guardian pieces (MSM warning) about the harsh and illegal measures taken against these working class residents of Melbourne. See —

July 2020: Melbourne’s ‘hard lockdown’ orders residents of nine public housing towers to stay home as coronavirus cases surge

July 2021: ‘We thought we were Australian’: Melbourne tower lockdown lives on in legacy of trauma

Of note:

Nine public housing towers, built as part of the postwar slum clearance and now looming over the gentrified inner suburbs of North Melbourne and Flemington, were placed into a hard lockdown with no warning.

This remains the most severe Covid outbreak response implemented in Australia. Never before, nor since, have restrictions on movement been imposed without warning.

Community leaders, local government and even the Department of Health and Human Services – the mega department that was both landlord to the tenants and lead agency for managing the pandemic – were given no notice. Instead, it was police who swarmed in their hundreds in the wintry dusk, bathing the estates with flashing blue lights as the premier, Daniel Andrews, was on TV announcing the lockdown.

The residents thought there must have been a mass shooting. Then they discovered they were not allowed to leave their flats – not to shop, not to collect children who were on play dates with friends. There were visitors who were not allowed to go home.

The lockdown was spurred by a rising number of Covid cases in the towers, together with an awareness of the risks of the overcrowded living conditions. The state’s pandemic plan did not mention public housing. Everyone was unprepared. …


Melbourne public housing tower residents offered $5m payout over Covid lockdown

The Victorian government has settled a class action from residents who say they were wrongly detained during the pandemic



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