Bad government 4

A quick one re two key aspects of this Lib-Nat government that deserve further pillorying:

  1. It’s always someone else’s fault with this PM & government. See https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/14/scott-morrison-blames-atagi-doctors-for-australias-slow-covid-vaccine-rollout?
  2. This was my response (Lordy, that’s all we need: more ham-fisted, pork-barrelling right wing “money is the only thing that matters” nutters running for office) to a friend sending me this message:

“And we allow them to breathe our polluted air.”

Lib Dems aim to fill vacuum on centre-right — Janet Albrechtsen (The Australian) ($): The party will run a candidate in each state at the next federal election. And John Ruddick*, a former long-time Liberal who tried to introduce democratic reforms into that party, has joined the LDP. Ruddick is a political warrior and plans to run in the NSW seat of Warringah against independent Zali Steggall, who won the seat from former prime minister Tony Abbott at the 2019 election.

The Lib Dems have two big targets: ham-fisted COVID responses that have stripped Australians of too much of their humanity; and financially irresponsible government that will take even more from future generations of Australians with the country sinking into $1.3 trillion of debt.

*John Ruddick is not, I repeat NOT, a doctor; not an epidemiologist, nor physician, nor virologist nor public health expert. What is the validity of his claim that masks are “as effective as chicken wire [at] stopping mozzies”? Not quite so, according to The Mayo Clinic, who note this:

Abstract
Cloth masks have been used in healthcare and community settings to protect the wearer from respiratory infections. The use of cloth masks during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is under debate. The filtration effectiveness of cloth masks is generally lower than that of medical masks and respirators; however, cloth masks may provide some protection if well designed and used correctly. [Highlighting is mine.] Multilayer cloth masks, designed to fit around the face and made of water-resistant fabric with a high number of threads and finer weave, may provide reasonable protection. Until a cloth mask design is proven to be equally effective as a medical or N95 mask, wearing cloth masks should not be mandated for healthcare workers. In community settings, however, cloth masks may be used to prevent community spread of infections by sick or asymptomatically infected persons, and the public should be educated about their correct use. See Chughtai, A. A., Seale, H., & Macintyre, C. (2020). Effectiveness of Cloth Masks for Protection Against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. Emerging Infectious Diseases26(10), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2610.200948.

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