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102,888 Australians have given their lives in wars: for liberty. Now every Australian has sacrificed their liberty, for a virus, which has killed less than 1,000 Australians. 1,255 Australians died from influenza in 2017 and no freedoms were taken away.

The Australian (18 September, 2020) reports that senior doctors across Melbourne, are urging politicians to end the state of emergency and the stage 4 lockdowns.

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  1. Has it occured to the writer that perhaps the reason so few have died from the coronavirus is precisely due to the stringent measures taken ? The higher number of deaths from influenza is an erroneous comparison . Influenza is far less dangerous than coronavirus . Or does he think we should adopt American style freedoms ,where only 200,000 have died so far ,with winter yet to come !?

  2. 2020 will be remembered as the year the great polarisation of society began , when far right conspiracy theorists, antiscience folk , new-age charlatans ,and commerce at all costs converged in the name of individual freedom and rights . The year common good got trampled … Had to happen sooner or later … Individualism usurps community .

  3. So true dave. What’s amazing is that this convergence you so accurately describe has managed to drag in so much of the so called left leaning counter culture of Byron Shire.

  4. Influenza aint corona by a long shot. India & USA plus numbers? As well [no pun],
    there are those who have had the virus & now face extraordinary symptoms it’s
    expected will last as life allows. Some people have been put into induced comas.
    Also, Associate Professor Louis Irving, director of respiratory & sleep medicine at
    Royal Melbourne Hospital says, “I’ve been in respiratory medicine for 30 years &
    this is occurring more than it would in standard influenza or with pandemic influenza].
    Irving said, “Like other severe respiratory viruses, Covid-19 causes inflammation &
    scarring in the lungs, but it also causes blood clots – & this could be another pathogenic
    mechanism for ongoing symptoms. There’s so much we don’t know. Clinicians are
    seeing evidence that, beyond the damage it wrecks on the lungs, it may also cause
    heart inflammation, acute kidney disease, strokes, seizures, clots, intestinal damage
    & liver problems.” Go check it out. I’ve been in Lismore Base for 2 days with other
    problems (not Covid-19) to be dealt with in a week or two (I’m home now) &It’s allowed
    me to speak with those who know more than we do on the outside.

  5. I wouldn’t trust anything I read in the Australian or any other Murdoch newspapers – such blatantly partisan, anti-science rags that they are…

    • Or any baseless nonsensical conspiracies emanating from Goonengerry!
      Particularly if your memory is good enough to recall the many The Echo has published over the years….presumably just for our amusement.

  6. I do not support the Murdoch press anymore than you do, Wanda.
    The publication’s ‘a cult’ & a dangerous one as most of us who
    have written of & about Australia’s history, know only too well. The
    medical professionals don’t belong to anyone & ‘their findings’
    need to be seen in all publications whenever the outlets are
    available. It’s the ‘right-to-know’ that’s needed & there’s still much
    more to learn. This ‘bug’ or whatever we want to call it is a cause
    & a half for all of us. The wreckage it brings to entire countries
    has got to be dealt with.

  7. Excellent that you apply such scrutiny to the mainstream press. I trust you are equally as diligent in assessing the merits of all the myriads of data and opinions and babble present on the internet . Most of which , does not stand up to any scrutiny whatsoever.


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