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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.