Australians are about to discover that a national framework does not end the confusion over what is allowed when social restrictions are eased.
Scott Morrison has outlined a three-step plan to relax the curbs but he is outnumbered in national cabinet and cannot decide the changes.
Sydney Morning Herald’s David Crowe asserts that:
This is a test for the national economy and so far its leaders are falling short. Rather than agree on rules that will be applied as uniformly as possible, with as much certainty as possible, the national cabinet has only listed the options.
It is up to state and territory leaders to name the measures they will take in each step of the plan, with their own timeframes.
In other words, the framework is merely a menu. Victorians are likely to discover the meal they want is not available in their state even when it is ready to be served in Queensland.
One size does not fit all in a country as big as Australia. The argument for state and territory sovereignty is the coronavirus case numbers are different in every jurisdiction, although this is true only up to a point. The trend is incredibly positive in every location, yet the rules are different on matters as minor as fishing and golf.
It is up to the premiers and chief ministers to get it right. While Morrison wants to restart the economy, the controls are out of his hands.