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This is a picture of my daughter and her friend looking out to sea. They don’t know I’m taking this photo. We’ve been walking the beach and the two have scrambled onto a rock to watch the sunset. They’re talking quietly as they look outwards to this world that they are to inherit.

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay

The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW) demands a response.

This is irresponsible and alarmist nonsense intended to silence legitimate enquiry into, and public concern surrounding, the safety and effectiveness of unproven mRNA treatments (more on mRNA), the legitimacy and wisdom of the lockdown and isolation regimes, the imposition of porous and invasive mass surveillance protocols and invasion of privacy as well as the incremental erosion of civil and human rights and freedoms.

The misclassification of the SARS-Cov-2 outbreak as a pandemic, according to internationally agreed definitions, and the self-serving influence evident in democracies by unelected, profit driven transnational corporations dictating public policy is of concern to anyone who values accountable democratic institutions, freedom and personal choice with informed consent.

The Soapbox opinion piece is a wretched example of gutter journalism aimed at ‘Othering’ and diminishing those with a legitimate concern for the health of their society and their bodies. It smears the very community that defined our international image – informed and resilient alternative thinkers – with an XRW label while doubling down to insult and marginalise disabled people with legitimate mask exemptions. This is appallingly ignorant and divisive nonsense that borders on hate speech. It should be condemned by any reasonable and intelligent person. Our informed community is coming together as it always has, despite the best efforts of those perpetuating the narrative of division.

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  1. good letter… politely suggests pandemic a ‘misclassification’ and not a planned event………. no way would WHO have followed directive from pharma corporation…….. and those Oxford modelling errors just lucky.

  2. Duncan can you explain why the cosie relationship between antivaxxers and right wing conspiracy theorists. Hate speech- jess you are precious. How about the abuse of people wearing masks and the dangerous misinformation that are spread. When was the last time a mask killed somebody? Your research must be all of zilch, rehashing the crap found on social media. Has anyone knocked on your door at night to be taken away by the secret police? Stop being so precious and offensive to those who have lost people to this virus, remember nearly all the people in intensive care in our overloaded health system are unvaccinated and the same for people dying.

  3. after the death of well over 4m people globally, and the efforts of all countries, to curtail the spread, suffrage and death from the virus, your ‘legitimate concern for the health of their society and their bodies’, pales in significance… wake up, stop being selfish, and get yourself vaccinated. (and don’t forget, after-dark starts from 5pm).

  4. Trotting out the guilt trips like “selfish” or “do it for your community” doesn’t really help.

    When legal indemnity for big-pharma is removed for the benefit of the community. When patents are waived and profits become subordinate to the good of community. When secret State Govt health advice is made transparent for the benefit of community. When human vaccine trails are finished for the good of community.

    Then you can start your guilt tripping…

    • Wow, hyperbole gone hyperbolic! Duncan we must have read different columns last week. Is there another version.

      “… the very community that defined our international image – informed and resilient alternative thinkers …” There’s been a bit of national publicity about Mullumbimby recently which might be leading to a national reputation – perhaps even international – but it’s not the glowing one you suspect. Although I’m not sure what “resilient thinkers” are. Those who can adapt their thinking to accommodate anything that strokes their egos or doesn’t suit them?

  5. I saw & heard a woman in her 70s being abused for wearing a mask. It wasn’t ‘Tough Love’.
    An imposition?

    • When I go the shops and meet a person NOT wearing a mask, I congratulate them for that. It’s amazing the conversations that follow. Try it for yourself.
      Peace and Love


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