Try this piece of strangeness. We now have ‘proof’ that the Victorian Department of Health makes decisions and does things without any apparent human involvement.
The Department, we assume, must operate like Hal in the great, classic sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hal was the super computer that ran the spaceship without human involvement. Somewhere in the Health Department ‘Hal’ must exist.
The ‘proof’ of Hal is contained in a 4 October 2021 memo to executives in the Health Department. On 29 September 2021 the Victorian WorkSafe Authority announced it was prosecuting the Department of Health over the 2020 Hotel quarantine disaster which resulted in over 800 deaths. The 4 October memo states:
“WorkSafe have advised that no individuals from the department are, or will be, charged.”
Here’s what this means. WorkSafe has found sufficient evidence of breaches of work safety laws to start a criminal prosecution of Health. We updated you on this last week. In other words, the Department did or failed to do things that has resulted in criminal charges being laid. BUT. According to WorkSafe’s advice to Health, no humans committed any of the criminal things. The Department acted criminally but no human acted criminally. Go figure!
But see. We told you so. It’s Hal! And now like the children’s book ‘Where’s Wally?” we have to ask ‘Where’s Hal?’
Here are just some of the questions that must be asked:
- How did WorkSafe conduct a criminal investigation without interviewing any humans?
- Or did WorkSafe interview and question humans?
- If WorkSafe did interview humans, did any of those humans explain how the Department does things without humans making decisions or doing those things?
- Can humans in the Health Department explain how the Department operates without humans making decisions or doing things?
- Did WorkSafe meet or see Hal?
Of course, these questions are all nonsense and just as nonsensical as WorkSafe only prosecuting Health but not individuals.
In truth a government department is just a bunch of humans making decisions and doing things. A ‘department’ does not and cannot act criminally. Only humans act criminally. There is no Hal in the Health Department. Only humans.
But WorkSafe is acting on a fantasy, a Space Odyssey.
This is not just an isolated Victorian issue. It cuts to the heart of whether government in Australia operates impartially so that no-one is above the law, including government itself. It’s no joke. It’s serious!
Here’s the Health memo obtained through FOI.
Note the 104-page Charge Sheet but with all important information blanked out!