Tim Harrington, Lennox Head
It is truly difficult to believe that your Backlash editor could bother to cover such spin as the ABC’s Dr Norman Swan pontificating on the Victorian COVID-19 reductions as being a world record.
The truth of the matter is the performance of the Victorian government in fighting the COVID-19 situation is nothing short of disgusting at best, and criminal at worst.
The Victorian problem stems from the gross mishandling of the hotel quarantine requirements, which is currently under investigation by the most ineffective inquiry ever held.
The resultant position, rather than a world record for reductions is, in reality, a shocking revelation that Victoria is responsible for 817 deaths, 90 per cent of the Australian total of 905, and 20,330 cases, being 74 per cent of the total Australian infections.
A national disgrace.
In the following article of the same issue of Backlash, your correspondent quoted a philosopher of last century, Hannah Arendt, who said ‘Totalitarianism can flourish where people systematically refuse to engage with reality, and are ready to replace reason with ideology and outright fiction.’
Nothing could better summarise the actions of the Victorian government, the ABC and Dr Norman Swan and also, unfortunately, your Backlash editor.