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Fury over Covid rules is FINALLY helping Aussies lose their long-held, unhealthy respect for authority

By Damian Wilson | RT | August 26, 2021

Having been forced to endure months of harsh lockdowns, my often-malleable compatriots Down Under are starting to fight back as they realise their government is clueless and they’ve been nuts to swallow the ‘zero Covid’ strategy.

By any measure, Australia has not enjoyed the coronavirus pandemic – and that has nothing to do with the number of deaths, because at less than 1,000 for a population of 25 million, it has, in the main, escaped lightly.

Where it has really suffered is in identifying exactly what level of threat Covid-19 poses to the population and then acting accordingly. Instead of being bold, brave, and positive in its handling of the situation, Australia has shown all the spine of a bluebottle jellyfish.

The collywobbles set in at the slightest whiff of Covid. Not deaths. Not hospitalisations. But simple cases of the virus send public health officials into a spin, locking down millions, deploying the military onto the streets, and imposing needless and draconian curfews. Blind panic best sums up the Australian government’s approach.

Then there are the stern warnings from state leaders that would be hilarious if they weren’t so serious – about enjoying sunset on the beach, removing a mask to drink beer, dodging errant footballs while watching a game, and most recently, a local council deciding to shoot 15 rescue dogs rather than allow volunteers from an animal shelter to travel for their collection in case they spread the virus.

That’s the level of insanity we’re looking at.

Meanwhile, it was humans on the receiving end at a so-called ‘freedom rally’ in Melbourne, where violence between protesters and police led to officers firing rounds of pepper balls – the most powerful non-lethal force at their disposal – into the anti-lockdown crowd.

It was one sign that patience with being treated like sheep might finally have snapped among parts of the Australian public. And it’s about time. I had begun to wonder what happened to the rebellious larrikins, the famed Aussie battlers, the brave Diggers, the pioneering ‘new Australians’ who just a generation or so ago left homes and family in Italy, Greece, Vietnam and beyond to pursue their dreams in the Lucky Country.

It seemed that a subservience to the ruling class, an unhealthy respect for authority, had overwhelmed my homeland.

The whole penal colony fable is a bit exaggerated, and of course there have been generations of intermingling since the 18th century, when Australia’s first white arrivals were drawn from the ranks of Great Britain’s sheep thieves and petty criminals. The violence and harsh conditions that welcomed those newcomers to the shores of Botany Bay, however, instilled a deep loathing and mistrust of their governing class, and it is often argued that Australia’s success was built on that resentment, driving its people to prove themselves to the authorities at home – and back in Mother England – that they could more than hold their own on the world stage. That inferiority complex was the driving force that has seen us excel in literature, in music, and particularly in sport.

But it also makes the Aussies a malleable bunch at times. Authority can make us go all weak at the knees. Public awareness campaigns that might struggle for lift-off elsewhere prove wildly successful in obedient Oz.

There’s no doubt this has been employed effectively in the past. There were the anti-litter ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’, keep-fit ‘Life. Be in it’, and skin cancer prevention ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ campaigns of my childhood. There was the mandatory wearing of bike helmets that came into force in the early 1990s, the plain packaging for cigarettes that appeared in 2012, and even the strict limits on gun ownership under the National Firearms Agreement that followed the Port Arthur massacre which left 35 people dead in 1996.

We have long been suckers for any message whose central premise is: follow this prescriptive guidance and you will be totally free to enjoy the great outdoors (without dying from cancer, obesity, bike accident or gunshot). That explains why the heavy-handed Covid rules have faced such little resistance.

The problem public health officials are facing now, however, is that the message is no longer working. Aussies were told the ‘zero Covid’ strategy that their government was pursuing was the envy of the world. That closing all international borders and keeping everyone at home was the pathway to freedom. Just do as we say and everything will be bonzer.

But they lied. With the Delta variant on the loose, lockdowns, curfews, restrictions on movement and the rest of the usual draconian measures are coming into play once more. But the government has overplayed its hand, and a sceptical public is starting to think, “These galahs haven’t got a bloody clue!” And they’re right.

So we see unrest on the streets of Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne because patience has finally snapped. I say let it rip! I look forward to continuing protests, rule-breaking, tough questions, and political accountability. I look forward to heads rolling, humiliating inquiries, and heartfelt apologies from the bungling clowns in charge.

I might have to wait a few months, but hey, that’s okay… because like my fellow compatriots, I’m not going anywhere.

Damian Wilson is a UK journalist, ex-Fleet Street editor, financial industry consultant and political communications special advisor in the UK and EU.

August 27, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Science and Pseudo-Science | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Pretty harsh, this…. (DW is UK??)

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    Comment by roberthstiver | August 27, 2021 | Reply

  2. I bet they wish they didn’t give up their fire arms now

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    Comment by Wayne A Teachman | August 27, 2021 | Reply

  3. Australia, like most other paces, experiences a ‘Flu’ season every year. They usually last about 2 or 3 months, and then with the summer, the flu disappears. This phony Covid “Pandemic” has been going for 18 months, and there has been a death toll, but, nothing out of the ordinary(old people in their 80’s and ’90’s are unable to survive Flu unfortunately).
    I’m personally, sick to death of the “Scare” tactics, and the “Menace” that threatens us all…..How long can you “flog a dead horse”?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 27, 2021 | Reply

  4. More and more Australians may be taking to the streets and protesting, but without leadership, a plan of action, and a ‘knockout’ punch, the Federal and States’ governments will ignore them and carry on as before. The Achilles heel of these governments is the Sars-Cov-2 ‘virus’. They have been, and are still, unable to produce the peer reviewed scientific evidence of the unadulterated pathogen, upon which the covid-19 disease is founded. Yet covid-19 is the reason for all the ‘states of emergency’ and the consequential regulations and restrictions, involving lockdowns, quarantine, isolation, social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, etc. It follows that, as they cannot produce the evidence upon which all the draconian actions are based, all those actions are illegal, null and void. And, having promoted and enforced those actions through the police, army, etc., all politicians except those who opposed them, and all the health ‘experts’ who advised them, are guilty of, at a minimum, fraud, the penalty for which is five years imprisonment. Those offending politicians and medicos may also be adjudged liable in civil law suits for economic losses incurred by business and the public in general. There will be a lot of impoverished ex-MPs enjoying lumpy porridge, and there will be a lot of happy lawyers.

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    Comment by Bill Francis | August 28, 2021 | Reply

    • Your last 8 words (“…happy lawyers”) are exactly what I was thinking as I read through your very decent comment….

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      Comment by roberthstiver | August 28, 2021 | Reply

    • “They have been, and are still, unable to produce the peer reviewed scientific evidence of the unadulterated pathogen, upon which the covid-19 disease is founded”…..

      Maybe, as the Chinese are claiming, that it was “made in the USA at Fort Detrick, the USA’s own “Biological Warfare unit”, and they simply do not want anyone knowing what it is or particularly, where it originated……..?

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 28, 2021 | Reply


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