Covid and the politicians
Australians have proved over the years to be a relatively easy-going lot. Elections have come and gone, the population accepting the various dictates of their leaders. Dangers presented by the current Covid-19 pandemic inspired their confidence to accept the advice of the nation’s medical experts on how best to combat this deadly attack. Their opinion of the political class on the other hand is much different.
The Covid-19 assault shone a light on how the Australian Federal Government was faring in a number of policy areas. Prime Minister Morrison and his government were able to be seen more clearly, as they demonstrated a dangerous inability to come to grips with the need for early action to stem the Covid-19 tide. Time and time again the opportunity to establish a safe and efficient quarantine system was missed. They failed to close off the country’s borders properly, during the pandemic’s early stages. As a result, cruise ships were allowed to dock in Australian ports with little or no control. This allowed a large group of Covid-19 infected travellers to embark and spread across Australia, allowing infections to spread across the land.
Worse. Morrison and his Health Minister, Hunt, failed to order the necessary level of vaccines being offered to Australia by the Pfizer company, among others. Hunt even failed to turn up at meetings requested by Pfizer. Morrison and his minister instead kept stating that the virus was being brought under control. They also told Australians that “We are at the front of the queue for the early delivery of vaccines” — a lie as it turned out as they had neglected to order sufficient quantities of vaccines, with which to commence protecting the country.
The void was eventually filled by state premiers, who found themselves having to provide inadequately equipped hotel rooms, in an effort to quarantine the virus. A generally unsuccesful answer, hotel quarantine only served to exacerbate and spread the deadly disease, particularly across the states of Victoria and New South Wales.
Each of the individual states, finding themselves facing a worsening level of hospitalisations and deaths, also found it necessary to impose…