How Andrews convinced Melbourne to embrace captivity
- Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews managed to convince Melburnians there was no alternative to the strict lockdown.
- As the city's epic lockdown finally draws to an end, many Melburnians are worried about returning to the office.
- In the meantime, Andrews has convinced most Melburnians there was no alternative to the strict lockdown.
- In late August, 57 per cent of Victorians surveyed by Roy Morgan Research said Melbourne residents should not be allowed to visit the homes of their immediate family members.
- Many living in Andrews' Victoria would conclude the European response was irresponsible.
- Scott Morrison will consider alternative quarantine arrangements to get Aussies home; anti-lockdown protestors have again taken to Melbourne's streets; ASIC chairman James Shipton has stepped aside.
- As Victoria finally emerges from its long pandemic winter there are calls for a new national road map to guide how we live with COVID-19 in 2021.
Premier Dan Andrews divides Victorians down the middle
- Maybe a majority of Victorians once supported Premier Daniel Andrews and his management of COVID-19 – not any more.
- When asked to respond to the statement "Daniel Andrews has mismanaged the government's response to COVID-19 and should resign", 41 per cent agreed, 41 per cent disagreed, and the rest were undecided.
- Responding to the statement "Daniel Andrews does not understand the impact of his restrictions on ordinary Victorians", 42 per cent agreed, 42 per cent disagreed, with the rest undecided.
- The response of Victorians to the statement "The lockdowns were necessary and justified early on, but now they have gone too far" reveals a deep generational divide: 48 per cent of respondents agreed, 35 per cent disagreed, and 17 per cent didn't have a view.
Birdcage takeouts and other Melbourne Cup dining delights
- And while the Melbourne Cup Carnival might be looking rather different this year, at least we know that nothing, not even a pesky virus, can stop us from throwing one helluva Cup Week party.
- Food, fashion, flowers, interior styling, entertainment – everything but the horses, in fact – has been moved online by the organisers, and the message is clear: Since you can’t come to Flemington this year, Flemington will come to you.
- Pending a last-minute, partial easing of the state government’s current total ban on crowds trackside this year, here’s a look at some of the most desirable off-course dining offers at the believe-it-or-not Melbourne Cup Carnival this year.
- Here’s a taste of what’s on offer from the leading Melbourne Cup Carnival catering groups.
- TO ORDER Go to the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020 marketplace, the new online home for the best in food, drink, styling and entertaining offerings.
Inner-city apartments holding their demand, says Iwan Sunito
- Sydney developer Iwan Sunito has said changes in the apartment market brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will work to his advantage.
- Crown Group's twin-tower Artis development at 175 Sturt Street in Southbank on the city fringe will feature 153 apartments, with a focus on amenity and space.
- Artis features 153 apartments on Melbourne's Southbank.
- He said a scarcity of developments over the next few years and continued strong demand for inner-city apartments would benefit the project and his ambitions to create a $3 billion development pipeline in Melbourne.
- Crown Group, with joint venture partner G3 Projects, acquired the 2070- square metre site in 2017 as part of long-held ambitions to get a foothold in the Melbourne market.
- Colliers Melbourne residential director Robert Papaleo said 2020 represented the peak year of new apartment completion, after which "the tap turns off".
CEOs push Andrews to reopen faster
- The chief executives of seven of Australia's largest companies have sent an open letter to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, telling him the continuing lockdown in his state is unsustainable because of the personal and financial toll it is inflicting on people.
- Union-aligned industry superannuation fund managers have pressured Mr McNamee to stop his outspoken criticisms of the state government lockdown, even though he has repeatedly said he is speaking in a personal capacity and not for the company.
- Council of Small Business Organisations Australia chief executive Peter Strong said there seemed to be a "terrible" implicit message from the state government that if you argued against the ongoing lockdown, you didn't care about people's health.
- Melbourne-based Institute of Public Accountants chief executive Andrew Conway said two accountant members he knew had reported the suicides of four Victorian clients who were under financial stress due to business shutdowns.