Coronavirus Australia: Tony Abbott claims we ‘forgot’ the inevitability of death in dramatic trial
Tony Abbott reveals the huge cost of saving a single person infected with Covid as he denounces Australia’s “overreaction” to the virus, saying the country has “forgotten the inevitability of death”
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Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has lambasted Australia’s ‘oppressive’ lockdown strategies and the ‘Covid zero’ fixation he claims amounted to a failure of ‘national character’.
Mr Abbott said the Prime Minister’s claim that the Covid restrictions saved the lives of 30,000 people meant we spent $ 10 million per life preserved when most of the deaths were “very old and … already sick “.
While Abbott admitted that Covid responses from heads of state came from an “ethical concern for the preciousness of life”, they were ultimately “overzealous” and “lives ruined”.
Mr Abbott (pictured with his wife Margie) said he was exercising at the time and drinking coffee, so he was not required to wear a face cover
NSW has already ruled out moving the border temporarily, saying it would create even more administrative hardship for Tweed Shire residents who live outside of Tweed Heads.
“It often seemed like an overreaction from people who had forgotten the inevitability of death and the importance of living fully each day,” he wrote in the australian.
Mr Abbott said a government’s duty is to “minimize” suffering and not a “vain quest to abolish it”.
One of its main points was the high expense paid to lose “freedoms” – not to gain them.
Mr Abbott claimed that “$ 350 billion (about 20% of annual GDP)” had been spent to pay people “not to work” and to keep businesses closed.
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wears mask with Chinese character for “Australia” during meeting with Taiwanese President
He also claimed that the contradictions in how Australia was handling the Covid threat were so bad they reminded him of a notoriously deranged claim made by a US officer during the Vietnam War.
“So we have protected lives and ruined them at the same time; kind of like the Vietnamese-era American officer who said the village had to be destroyed to be saved, ”Abbott said.
The “worst features” of states’ responses to the pandemic, he said, were “oppressive rules for which there was no medical justification ”.
He said that it included “systematically denying families the right to say goodbye in person”, “curfews and mask warrants outside”.
Mr Abbott himself was arrested for failing to wear a mask outside last month and was fined $ 500, later calling the person who reported him a “snitch.”
There have been several high-profile examples of families trapped between states or denied access to dying loved ones during the pandemic.
James Turbitt, 35, was refused entry to Western Australia to bid farewell 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 poor connection during a zoom call.
A son who left Europe to be forced to say goodbye to his dying mother in Perth from a Melbourne hotel room is embarrassed to be Australian. West Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Mark McGowan in June refused to allow James Turbitt (pictured) to enter the state to see his mother for the last time in person.
Separated families were forced to celebrate Father’s Day through a terminal on the Queensland-New South Wales border last month.
In another case, Queensland couple Dominique Facer and Mick Francis prevented seeing their three-year-old son, Memphis, for two months in 2021.
It happened after he went to visit his grandparents Mark and Alex at a breeding station over 1,500 miles away in the NSW Riverina area.
Mr Abbott called the policies that separate people in nursing homes from their loved ones “cruel” because they “are denied the human contact which is normally what they live most for.”
Western Australia, which has denied that a man wishes to see his mother dying, now stipulates that anyone coming from another part of the country must be vaccinated
He also denounced the “overzealous police”, the policies amounting to “virtual house arrest” and the refusal by states to allow individuals to travel from one state to another for medical treatment or to find members of their families.
Mr Abbott said we have become “shy and fearful people” in an “anxious” society “not easily able to distinguish between big crises and small ones” – although he acknowledged that the pandemic was ” a major health challenge “.
He also targeted “prime ministers and public health chiefs” claiming that our responses to the pandemic poorly reflect “national character”.
Mr Abbott criticized the ‘overzealous police’ in his essay
Police attending protests in Melbourne were sometimes heavily armed
Mr. Abbott said our “What does it say about our national character that we have accepted this?”
He added our Covid restrictions were ‘almost non-Australian’ and cried that Britain was ‘better than us at taking this danger in their stride’