It is always a surprise and a relief when politicians show they’re human, Brett McLeod writes.
ANALYSIS: It is always a surprise and a relief when politicians show they're human.
It's an understatement to say Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos is not known for displaying emotion in news conferences.
She's relentlessly calm, procedural, elaborate to the point of tedium in the detail of her answers.
But today we saw a glimpse of her inner anguish, while reflecting on the fast rising number of deaths in residential aged care.
"I have to say, personally I have found the last week very distressing," she said.
It was a surprising insight.
She moved on to talk about St Basil's, the site of 86 COVID-19 cases, where many of the residents - and victims - are of Greek background.
She stopped mid-sentence.
Unable to speak, holding back tears, pausing to clear her throat, before pressing on.
For a moment it wasn't a politician at the lectern, but a person.
A short time later and only a short walk away, Greg Hunt was asked about Daniel Andrews' comment that he didn't have confidence some management and staff could provide adequate aged care.
For the amenable federal health minister, a rare terse moment followed.
His father, former MP Alan Hunt, had passed away in a nursing home.
"The idea that our carers, our nurses are not providing that care I think is a dangerous statement to make," he said.
"They are wonderful human beings and I will not hear a word against them."
The journalist asked a follow up question, but was cut off: "I will not hear a word against them."
He turned his head away.
Like Jenny Mikakos, this was not the Greg Hunt we are used to seeing.
Scott Morrison coined the term "Canberra bubble".
All of us in Melbourne are living in our own bubbles now. Our world is much more confined than it used to be.
First we went back to stage three restrictions.
It's much harder second time round. We are not all in this together.
We see you going to cafes in Sydney, in Brisbane, in Geelong, while we socially distance for a takeaway coffee.
This time there are no cute TikTok videos.
No sourdough bread challenges.
No celebrity singalongs (OK - so actually some things are better than the first lockdown).
Then last week, we had to wear masks almost anywhere outside the home.
They limit us. The make communication that bit more difficult.
So it's easier not to try to talk as much.
We withdraw. And the grey skies of winter give us more reason to.
Melburnians are feeling it a bit more in lockdown 2.0.
The daily COVID-19 numbers are like a barometer of our moods.
Politicians are now dealing are literally dealing with issues of life and death.
The pressure is enormous.
Daniel Andrews has held news conferences for the past 25 days in a row, averaging an hour each.
And whether we like the answers or not, he gives them - until all questions are exhausted.
Mistakes have been made.
There will be a reckoning over the current COVID-19 outbreak which has led to so much illness and death.
But today, the reminder pollies are people too was welcome.
It shows they live in the same world we do.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-jenny-mikakos-aged-care-outbreaks/66ea6b5b-f44d-4fe5-8654-ba8336b69c7f