I have had the pleasure of doing business in Victoria for many years now and once felt a sense of pride to say that this great state was one equal to anywhere else in the world. In fact Victoria was fast on track to surpass some of the best industrialized countries.

However, since the onset of Covid19, the challenges for all of Australia have been enormous, but we have also seen how some states have been able to manage this crisis well and at least have their economies pulsing along and improving continually whilst still managing the challenges thrown at them by this insidious virus.

Sadly this hasn’t been the case in Victoria for reasons that have been made obvious. Poor management. Moreover, a poor contact tracing system which is antiquated. Instead of learning from other successful states, Victoria has had to do it their way and re-invent the wheel.

Both NSW and Queensland can cope with outbreaks and stay open. Why can’t Victoria? Even so, the Victorian Governments plan to open up this Sunday would have helped the premiers plan to have all Victorians forget about how they got into this situation to start with?

Quite frankly, I just want to see the truth about this virus situation and was hoping I would get some understanding from the Coate Inquiry which now seems to be developing into a government whitewash. No doubt, I could argue that this outcome was the intention of the government anyway.

There is still a void in the inquiry surrounding vital phone and email records which have not been provided or even some important witnesses like the owner of Unified Security who I believe received a contract of $30m for three months work? This of course is not a Unified problem but one which clearly shows that corporate governance was conveniently missing.

The inquiry needs to now rise up and show all Victorians who have sacrificed so much, that they will now recall witnesses and subject them to proper probing that will provide answers that is deserved of a state that has fulfilled its side of the bargain through huge personal and business sacrifices,

I say this knowing that there has been more than 800 deaths including $billions in economic damage and mental health problems that will take years, if ever to fix.

If we don’t examine these terrible management mistakes thoroughly, then they cannot be fixed and of course account-abilities are lost.

The premise by some in government that this debacle will eventually be forgotten and accountabilities will not be apportioned or accepted must not be allowed to happen.

Victorians and indeed Australians deserve better.