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Tony Abbott: Thank You! But Where Were You in 2020?

Tony Abbott on Australia’s Covid response

Tony Abbott, one-time pugilist and former Prime Minister of Australia, has come out swinging against Australia’s response to Covid.

In a podcast hosted by Graham Hood, an Australian pilot sacked because he refused the industry’s Covid vaccine mandate, Abbott, the former Liberal (conservative) prime minister, has described the policy response of the then government of Scott Morrison’s Liberals (and the state Liberal and Labor governments) as a “grotesque overreaction” to a “relatively mild pandemic”. The “herd thinking” that drove a lock-step, panicked policy and behavioural response was taken to task by Abbott as was the role, the continuing role, of global bodies, such as the WHO in promoting the madness and the authoritarian powers that go with it. 

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