The McGowan Government’s election domination after-party is over. The music’s stopped, the lights have come on and it’s time for everyone to pull themselves together. COVID-19 raised its ugly head again last week, but this time, the Government dropped the ball. After some mixed messages, there was an exodus from Perth to the regions on Friday before the lockdown came into full effect. Albany had plenty of mask-wearing metros wandering the streets the next day, soaking up the sun on their long weekend. And it was hard to hold it against them, given it was not clear whether they should be out-and-about or self-isolating. About 9pm on Saturday, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson signed off on an extension of the stay-home directions to include those who escaped to the country. But that was all a bit late for the Anzac Day services that started before sunrise. As the Government continues to grapple with a flawed hotel quarantine system, two other crises have well and truly emerged. Some of the State’s hospitals are under serious pressure, with ambulance ramping reaching historic highs in recent months and several high-profile hospital tragedies putting the system under a cloud. And fears of a housing crisis have proved well founded, with critical shortages reported across WA, including in Albany. Shadow health minister Libby Mettam has been very vocal in her criticism, while shadow housing minister Steve Martin has been proactive in contacting the Advertiser to have his say on Albany’s housing woes. They might have 75 MPs, but Labor already have their hands full.