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COVID-19 has hammered home some uncomfortable truths about us as a people – Sydney Morning Herald

As a nation we seem comfortable with authoritarianism and too many relish the role of prefect.



You can forgive the early response of all governments to the horror of a novel virus. Plagues are in the front rank of human threats. In February and March little was known about COVID-19 and the worst was rightly assumed. Australia’s leaders reacted quickly, worked in unison and chose to buy time; to lock their populations down while health systems were fortified with a timetable set for easing their way out.
That was a sensible, defensible plan. Now there is no nation plan and that is as inde…

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