Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted Australia’s ‘oppressive’ lockdown strategies and the ‘Covid zero’ fixation he claims was a failure of a ‘national nature’.
Sir. Abbott said the prime minister’s claim that Covid restrictions saved the lives of 30,000 people meant we had spent $ 10 million a year. Preserved life as most deaths were ‘very old and … already sick’.
While Abbott admitted the Covid leaders’ response came from an ‘ethical concern for the preciousness of life’ in the end they were ‘overzealous’ and’ ruined lives’.
Abbott (pictured with wife Margie) said he had exercised at the time and drank a cup of coffee and was therefore not required to wear face clothing
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‘It often seemed like an overreaction from people who had forgotten the inevitability of death and the importance of living each day to the fullest,’ he wrote in The Australian.
Sir. Abbott said a government’s duty was to ‘minimize’ suffering not a ‘vain search to abolish it’.
One of his main points was the high cost paid for losing ‘freedoms’ – not achieving them.
Abbott claimed that “$ 350 billion (about 20 percent of annual GDP)” was spent on paying people “for not working” and for keeping businesses closed.
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wears a Chinese-style mask to ‘Australia’ during a meeting with the Taiwanese president
He also claimed that contradictions in how Australia handled the threat of Covid were so nasty that he reminded him of a famously disturbed claim by a US officer during the Vietnam War.
‘So we have protected lives and destroyed them at the same time; a bit like the American officer in the Vietnam era who declared that the village had to be destroyed in order to be saved, Abbott said.
The ‘worst features’ of the states ‘pandemic reactions, he said, were’ oppressive rules for which there has been no medical justification ”.
He argued that these included ‘routinely denying families the right to dismiss loved ones personally’, ‘curfews and mask mandates outdoors’.
Sir. Abbott himself was devastated for not wearing a mask outdoors last month and was fined $ 500, which later stamped the person who reported him as a “snitch”.
There were several high-profile examples of families trapped between states or denied access to dying relatives during the pandemic.
James Turbitt, 35, was denied entry to Western Australia for saying goodbye to his dying mother in June.
The grieving son was forced to say goodbye to his mother in Perth from the Melbourne hotel via a bad connection by a zoom call.
A son who only flew from Europe to be forced to say goodbye to his dying mother in Perth from a hotel room in Melbourne is embarrassed to be Australian. Western Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Mark McGowan refused in June to let James Turbitt (pictured) enter the state to see his mother for the last time in person.
Separate families were forced to celebrate Father’s Day across a bollard on the border with Queensland and NSW last month.
In another case, the Queensland couple prevented Dominique Facer and Mick Francis from seeing their three-year-old son Memphis for two months in 2021.
It happened after he visited his grandparents Mark and Alex at a cattle station more than 1,500 kilometers away in the NSW Riverina region.
Abbott called policies that separated people in nursing homes from their loved ones ‘cruel’ because they were ‘denied human contact, which is usually what they live for most’.
Western Australia, which denied a man’s desire to see his dying mother, now stipulates that anyone visiting from another part of the country must be vaccinated
He also slammed ‘overzealous police work’, policies similar to ‘virtual house arrest’ and state refusal to allow individuals to go intergovernmental to medical treatment or reunite with family members.
Sir. Abbott said we had become ‘fearful and intimidating people’ in an ‘anxious’ society ‘that could not easily distinguish between big crises and small ones’ – although he admitted that the pandemic was ‘a significant health challenge’.
He also aimed at ‘magnificent premieres and chief health personnel’, claiming that our pandemic reactions reflected poorly on ‘national character’.
Sir. Abbott criticized ‘overzealous policing’ in his essay
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Sir. Abbott said our ‘What does it say about our national character that we have accepted this?’
He added that our Covid restrictions were ‘almost non-Australian’ and lamented that Britain was ‘better than us at taking this danger seriously’