….will never happen.
A conversation with a friend yesterday prompted us both to the realisation there will never be a retrospective inquiry into the role of government and media during the 2020/21 pandemic.
Because of the potential answers to the following questions, and the fact they will be uncomfortable for leaders of all political hues AND the mainstream media who might otherwise call for such an inquiry:
When did you know the infection fatality rate was no worse than previous recent flus?
When did it become clear the impact was clearly stratified by age and co-morbidity and what discussions were had at Cabinet level in response to this?
What Cabinet discussions occurred regarding the data models presented compared to the subsequently observed data? What conclusions were drawn and what actions taken?
How many non-covid (such as cancer) patients have so far died as a likely consequence of missed appointments? What did the modellers predict?
After the initial infection spike, have the hospitals ever been close to being “overwhelmed”? How many beds in the emergency “field hospitals” were used?
What percentage of public health fines have been subsequently appealed and overturned?
What legal advice was received by Cabinet on the legality of vaccine mandates and coercion (no jab no job) to receive vaccines?
When was it decided no parliamentary scrutiny or approval was appropriate for the emergency public health measures?
When did it become clear the vaccines didn’t prevent transmission, and what discussions were had in Cabinet about changes to messaging and public health measures as a consequence?
What knowledge did you have, and by when, of the difficulty of obtaining vaccine exemption certificates from GPs and what action did you take when you became aware of this?
Public Health Measures
What data did you review when deciding to make masks mandatory outdoors?
When did you realise the Covidsafe app was a white elephant? What contractual measures are place to reclaim the development costs from the supplier?
How many small businesses have closed over the last two years and how does this figure compare with previous years?
When do you anticipate removing the covid-related legislation from the statute books?
Roughly how many times do you estimate you have personally broken the rules?
What constitutional legal advice was received regarding domestic border closures?
Are there any plans to build an Olympic size swimming pool, bars and a nightclub at the Toowoomba quarantine camp and will it be possible to book stag and hen weekends there?
These questions will never be asked.
I can confidently state this, because the official Opposition and mainstream media weren’t curious enough at the time to ask questions such as these. Their motivation to do so now must only be measurable with an electron microscope.
Anyone who still believes a damn word leaving the mouths of politicians or the pen of journalists after the last two years has failed the world’s largest scale IQ test, should be avoided where possible and treated with extreme distrust if one has to engage with them.
If you feel you must vote in future, rather than simply drawing a rude picture on the ballot, please consider an independent candidate.
If you feel you must still consume news media in future, spend the time to go to primary sources rather than outsourcing your thinking to those who have demonstrated they are unable to think.