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Byron Shire
September 17, 2021

Dear Mr Prime Minister,

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It’s time to talk about the mask. Now, first off, thank you for reminding us that you are an Australian. You’d have to forgive us for not realising, given your waning presence over the past ten weeks. Now, we appreciate the optics but, sadly, it doesn’t quite cut it.

As the rest of us sit here in various states of lockdown, wondering when we might get back to any sense of normality, you stand there, hiding behind your $30 mask feeding us more spin than a windmill. It’s disappointing really, when families are struggling and children can’t go to school, we must sit there and listen to you boasting about your own perceived success.

You see Mr Prime Minister we’ve had enough. Enough of the spin. The daggy dad act you used to get yourself re-elected has grown tired. What we need now is leadership, which is an attribute that you sadly and quite clearly lack.

There were warning signs in 2019, when you decided to do a runner while our backyards were on fire. Then we had to put up with your endless smirking as you claimed to lead Australia through its worst crisis in years. But really, you didn’t do much. We were lulled into a false sense of security as you bungled the procurement of vaccines and relied on little more than dumb luck to keep the virus at bay.

Your mates and donors continued to fly overseas and back putting the rest of the community at risk. You see Mr Prime Minister; we weren’t at the front of the queue for a vaccine like you were. Yes, again whilst wearing that mask. We’ve had to wait and continue waiting for that ‘COVID Shield’ that you’ve promised us.

So, Mr Prime Minister, no more. No more of the ‘true blue, rinki-dink, Aussie bloke’ routine. Take that mask off and stop telling us that we need to ‘have a go, to get a go’ (remember that?). How about you have a go. How about you start solving some of these problems instead of relying on your self-entitlement and false optics. We need leadership but, evidently, you’d struggle to lead a dog to a bone.

Yours sincerely,

The Quiet Australians


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4 COMMENTS

  1. In the last day or so I have discovered that people are almost ready to wear both
    Loud & Quiet Australian reckoning that, actually reads & sounds ‘the same’.

  2. Time for everyone to stop being pushed around illegally and go back to living life as normal…we are losing all our rights by fear of a virus…

  3. Flags should only ever be seen up flag staffs, period. Look up the flag act.
    But we don’t have a PM that respects flags, we have a charlatan, that will use any means available to cover his real personality to con gullible people to support him.
    Morrison is exactly what Sinclair Lewis warned us of back in 1933. “When fascism comes to your country it will have a flag in one hand and a bible in the other”!
    Don’t forget that quote at the next election, thats if we get an election in the near future. It is looking very unlikely each day this Morrison/ Berejiklian Delta outbreak spreads like wildfire preventing any foreseeable elections anywhere? Don’t say you were not warned?

  4. Great commentary in the above “Dear Mr Prime MInister’ however I would have been much harsher. Scomo could not manage to do just 2 things correctly (quarantine & vaccines) with any level of competency. SO MUCH FOR ‘JUST HAVE A GO’ WHAT HYPOCRISY. Maybe our useless PM was mouthing this when in Hawaii & our beloved nation was on fire? Those that continually claim we are ‘ losing our rights due to fear’ apparently never paid attention in science classes. Covid is a pandemic , it is right & sensible to fear unless you believe spiritual healing & a dash of Reiki will fix you ? Like millions of dis-believing Americans have discovered when in ICU, this virus is not a Govt conspiracy or exaggerated ‘fake’ news but a lethal virus. Then they are begging for a ventilator & nurses say they wish they could turn the clock back and had listened to the science. IF you genuinely care for your community think about others ….this is NOT all about you.

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