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Premier Still Not Ready to Face Reality
The announcement last night by the premier of Western Australia that the state’s border will remain closed to both the world and the rest of Australia has been greeted by perhaps the first negative headline in the state’s only major daily newspaper in oh 658 days.
The announcement will be devastating for many Australians who were looking forward to seeing family members they have not seen for many months or even years. Even many Western Australian residents have been locked out of their own state because they had the gall to leave the state during the pandemic for such selfish reasons like visiting sick and dying family members.
For many other Western Australians, the announcement will be met with much relief as they have allowed themselves to be consumed by such fear as a result of government propaganda that the possibility of dealing with a major outbreak of a virus that has now become endemic throughout the world so terrifies them that they will cheer on any authoritarian measure that they feel will keep them safe.
The announcement also demonstrates the decades of neglect that the health system of the state has undergone with the health system already overwhelmed and failing even without an outbreak.
This announcement is an indictment of a premier that is unwilling to face the reality of omicron. This is an opportunity to return to normalcy with a weaker variant spreading natural immunity throughout the world and a large percentage of the population vaccinated we can allow the young and the healthy to return to their normal lives while the sick and the elderly can through their own volition take extra precautions to protect themselves from a virus that is still very dangerous. We can drop the unnecessary authoritarian measures that have caused nothing but heartache and division such as border closures, lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and mask mandates, and once again be a somewhat free state.
However, as a West Australian, I know that will not be the case. My premier is an authoritarian dictator completely drunk on the power that this pandemic has given him. He has become so used to the sycophantic worship of the media and the brainwashed populace and this state will continue to slide into the abyss of totalitarianism.Published in Politics
How did it get this bad? Why is there such compliance with all these “mandates” that have proven to be not effective? I’ve got a dozen or so friends/work colleagues living in Australia – I keep praying that all this nonsense will end. Stand strong.
The simple answer is that too many Australians are weak. Look at the changes to Australian gun laws in 1996 and the widespread support they have received since and you’ll see the average mentality of the Australian populace. They prefer safety and security over freedom and liberty.
I get so infuriated when I talk to people about the premier all they have to say is that he kept us safe. It doesn’t matter how authoritarian his policies get as long as he keeps us safe these people don’t care about the hardship that others face.
What is the point of staying “safe” if you can’t live a real life? “Safe” to what purpose? To sit by yourself forever?
The only Australian I’ve ever spoken to that I recall was for a few hours in an airport in the Med someplace. This was 2018 or so, the summer London outlawed carrying knives. He was 58 or 60 at the time and so the gun ban had been in place since he was 37. And I think he was from the south-east, Melbourne area. This is the summation of three or four hours of conversation.
1 — He liked cars with bigger engines and liked to drive “just a little bit” fast on empty highways, and would hate to give up his powerful car. But I got the impression was that he was only going 80 or 85 kph, which is by US standards, pretty slow, especially for an empty highway.
2 — He said that the gun ban had existed all his life and so he didn’t miss what he never had — which I found chronologically not quite right. He probably never had guns even as an adult.
3 — And he had never even heard of the knife bans in the UK, but when I told him about it, he straightened up and said with indignation, “But I use mine every day!”
If you don’t mind, could you tell me how representative this man is to Australians as a whole, and if there’s anything Australians would get really upset over?
In terms of the gun ban he is definitely representative of the general population. The Australian people tend to only get upset about things the media tell them to get upset about. Scott Morrison got into a lot of trouble for going to Hawaii on vacation over the Christmas break a couple of years ago when parliament doesn’t sit. The issue was that there was a lot of bushfires burning at the time something he could do nothing about as this was a state issue.
Yes, I omitted my main question. Basically, what’s the temperature of the public in Australia over the lockdowns.
27,000 Australians out of a population of 7 million died in WWII. About 3,000 deaths are currently attributed to COVID out of a population of 26,000,000. If COVID had an embassy, this lot would be there with a white flag and an already signed unconditional surrender.
Give me beer or give me death. It’s why I felt at home almost immediately. (Or maybe that’s just Sydney.)
I think the ease with gun restrictions is because we’re such an urban population. When (many many years ago) my work took me to rural NSW a lot the general opinion was they needed them because of feral pigs and the like.
Our own fault for letting Murdoch rags dominate.
At the time of the first world war Australia had a population of about 4 million. Of those 4 million over 300,000 volunteered to serve and of those 60,000 were killed and 160,000 were wounded. The casualty rate was approximately 60% for higher than many of the major combatants. The Australian army of world war 1 was one of the finest small armies in history with the army led by General Sir John Monash heavily involved in winning some of the most important battles in the final year of the war.
In the ensuing 100 years Australia has transformed from a nation capable of great feats far in excess of its small population to a nation terrified by a virus with a survival rate in excess of 99%.
In WA we don’t have a daily Murdoch newspaper. The worst parts of the Australian media are certainly not only confined to the Murdoch press. I am personally far more concerned about broadcasters such as ABC and SBS that broadcast far left propaganda that continues to divide the nation.
Maybe being isolated onto it’s own continent, similar to the US, gave is a security that entered the national psyche.