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Coronavirus Australia: Tony Abbott claims we’ve ‘forgotten’ death’s inevitability in dramatic essay

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Tony Abbott denounces Australia’s ‘overreaction’ to Covid, claims the country has ‘forgotten the inevitability of death’

  • Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks about the state’s Covid strategies in a dramatic essay
  • He said ‘great’ states were escalating challenges into national emergencies
  • He said the cost of $10 million per life saved by restrictions was ‘huge’










Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has destroyed Australia’s ‘oppressive’ lockdown strategies and fixation on ‘Covid zero’ which he says amounted to a failure of ‘national character’.

Mr Abbott said the Prime Minister’s claim that Covid restrictions have saved the lives of 30,000 people meant we spent $10 million per life saved when most of the fatalities were “very old and…already sick”.

While Abbott admitted the state leaders’ Covid responses stemmed from an “ethical concern for the preciousness of life,” they were ultimately “overzealous” and “ruined lives.”

Mr Abbott (pictured with wife Margie) said he was exercising and drinking coffee at the time and therefore did not need to wear a face covering

NSW has already ruled out moving the border temporarily as it would create further administrative problems for Tweed Shire residents living outside of Tweed Heads

NSW has already ruled out moving the border temporarily as it would create further administrative problems for Tweed Shire residents living outside of Tweed Heads

“It often seemed an exaggerated reaction from people who had forgotten the inevitability of death and the importance of living every day to the fullest,” he wrote in The Australian.

Abbott said a government’s job is to “minimize” suffering and not a “vain pursuit to abolish it.”

One of his main points was the high cost of losing “liberties” – not gaining them.

Mr Abbott claimed that “$350 billion (about 20 percent of annual GDP)” was spent paying people to “not work” and keeping businesses closed.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wears a mask with the Chinese character for 'Australia' during a meeting with Taiwan's president

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wears a mask with the Chinese character for ‘Australia’ during a meeting with Taiwan’s president

He also claimed that the contradictions in how Australia managed the threat from Covid were so bad that it reminded him of a famously deranged claim made by an American officer during the Vietnam War.

“So we’ve protected lives and destroyed them at the same time; kind of like the Vietnam-era US officer who declared that the village had to be destroyed to be saved,” Abbott said.

The ‘worst features’ of states’ pandemic responses, he said, have been ‘oppressive rules’ for which there is no medical justification’.

He claimed these include “routinely denying families the right to say goodbye to loved ones in person,” “curfews and masking mandates outside the home.”

Mr Abbott himself was caught for not wearing a mask outdoors last month and was fined $500, later calling the person reporting him a “snitch”.

There were several high-profile examples of families being trapped or denied access to dying relatives during the interstate pandemic.

James Turbitt, 35, was refused entry to Western Australia in June to say goodbye to his dying mother.

The grieving son was forced to say goodbye to his mother in Perth from the Melbourne hotel over a bad connection during a zoom call.

A son who flew out of Europe to be forced to say goodbye to his dying mother in Perth from a Melbourne hotel room is ashamed to be Australian.  Western Australia's Labor Prime Minister Mark McGowan refused to allow James Turbitt (pictured) the state to see his mother in person for the last time in June

A son who flew out of Europe to be forced to say goodbye to his dying mother in Perth from a Melbourne hotel room is ashamed to be Australian. Western Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Mark McGowan refused to allow James Turbitt (pictured) the state to see his mother in person for the last time in June

Divorced families were forced to celebrate Father’s Day over a bollard on the border between Queensland and NSW last month.

In another case, Queensland couple Dominique Facer and Mick Francis prevented their three-year-old son Memphis from seeing their three-year-old son Memphis for two months in 2021.

That happened after he went to visit his grandparents Mark and Alex at a cattle station over 1,500 miles away in the NSW Riverina region.

Mr Abbott called policies separating people in nursing homes from loved ones “cruel” because they were “deprived of the human contact they normally live most for.”

Western Australia, which denied a man wanted to see his dying mother, is now mandating that anyone arriving from another part of the country be vaccinated

Western Australia, which denied a man wanted to see his dying mother, is now mandating that anyone arriving from another part of the country be vaccinated

He also denounced “overzealous policing,” policies amounting to “virtual house arrest,” and states’ refusal to allow individuals to go to other states for medical treatment or reunite with family members.

Mr Abbott said we had become “timid and anxious people” in an “anxious” society “who cannot easily distinguish between major crises and small ones” – although he admitted the pandemic was “a major health challenge”.

He also targeted “grand prime ministers and chief health officers” who claimed our pandemic responses reflected poorly in “national character.”

Mr Abbott criticized 'overzealous policing' in his essay

Mr Abbott criticized ‘overzealous policing’ in his essay

Police attending the Melbourne protests were at times heavily armed

Police attending the Melbourne protests were at times heavily armed

Mr Abbott said to our ‘What does it say about our national character that we have accepted this?’

He added that our Covid restrictions were ‘almost unAustralian’ and lamented that Britain was ‘better than us at taking this danger’

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