Do we need a government in this crazy time? absolutely.
Unfortunately i think the main issue we have lies with the Media. We are continually bombarded with covid related stuff that, for the general population who just gets their news from the media, are left confused due to the inconsistencies, confusion leads to frustration, and frustration leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering (bit dramatic, but i decided to include the yoda reference....)
It seems (as well all already know), that every piece of information presented by any media is done so with some sort of bias. And then those in charge will modify the information they present to keep the media on their side and you end up with just bits and pieces of information spread around. and as you only see half hte picture all the time, perceived inconsistencies come up and all well and wel see paragraph 1.
Even if you go looking for actual scientific information it is hidden away between opinions, biases, political games.
I have family who work in the medial industry and i understand the risks but its just so disappointing to see a relatively small nation being so divided. You've got premiers playing political games over boarders, other premiers having a dig at them, i just don't think i've seen much evidence for "We are in this together" from the top.
You Victorians are in a real pickle at the moment, but i think its worth questioning the numbers as ultimately the numbers are the thing that is being used to justify the actions of the government. I don't see much transparency. if they came out tomorrow and said "oh so the actual people who died of covid 19 is less than half the reported numbers, the rest all had *insert terrible disease* as well, would the restrictions/actions be different. Maybe. Maybe not.
As someone who works in engineering so deals with risk analysis all day, it seems that there is not much actual consistent risk assessment going with restrictions. And im not sure who's fault this is. but rules are all over the place. some shops have rules, some do not. From the start i think the messages from the powers at be have been inconsistent, and it should surprise me, but i know how government departments, but its been quite an eye opener as to what level of communication you get in an event like this. And maybe there is more going on in the back ground, but as a casual observer it all looks quite disorganised. And the inconsistencies will only make people take it all less seriously.
I actually don't see how we can return to any sort of normal without the vaccine, if it exists. and even then, the vaccine wont work on everyone, going to have to rely on herd immunity and all that, which will take time. So arguable we will be dealing with covid-19 for many years to come.
Lastly, man i do not want to be in charge right now. Every decision is a "Damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. And even if you chooser the less or two evils using risk analysis techniques, the media will crucify you no matter what decision you make.