Dope of the Week

When it comes to public health matters, it would seem that very few members of the federal or state governments have a clue.  The same could be said of the bureaucrats, including the weird Chief Medical Officers who really have little expertise and don’t have serious jobs.

(Dr Brendan Murphy has been all over the shop.  First, there was nothing to worry about.  Then he told us all to go to local pharmacists because they will be the first line of defence and if there is any doub,t the person should then wear a mask even though there are none available.  Now he’s worried that asymptomatic persons could spread the virus.  Who knows?)

But the award for dope of the week must go to federal “health” minister, Dan Tehan – actually education minister.  He obviously thinks that commercial considerations should outweigh a few deaths here and there.

Education Minister Mr Tehan said on Tuesday that Australia must “send a message” that the country is still open to international students, and all schools should follow the advice that pupils must be in class.

Education Minister Dan Tehan has chastised private schools who are telling Chinese students and other pupils who have visited China to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

Oh, I thought Liberals support private schools and their right to make their own decisions.  Clearly, not.

Of course, that was then.  Now it seems that advice has changed – the virus appears to be potentially spread by persons with no symptoms or contract with someone with the virus – but I guess Tehan thought he needed to defend the commercial (and non-racist) interests of the education sector.

Sigh.

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60 Responses to Dope of the Week

  1. Well Tehan being a member of the LNP is a priori racist, so their ABC and FauxFacts asked one of his staffers what racist policies he was going to implement, and he overreacted.

  2. Pyrmonter

    Leave aside momentarily the question of whether the federal education minister has any role in the management of schools. What exactly is the merit in saying ‘Australia is open for business’ when that message is ‘Australia won’t protect your child from an impending infectious disease’? Hardly the greatest boast for those selling spaces at Dotheboys Hall on Yarra/Torrens etc.

  3. Narwhal Tusk

    I think it was of these clowns that was reported yesterday as saying that no need to worry, the deaths are mostly old people.
    Oh, that’s all right then.
    I, and quite a few here, would just have to cop it sweet.
    What a fucking disgrace [email protected]#$%^ are.

  4. Narwhal Tusk

    I might be a bit on in years but that is all!!

  5. It’s quite depressing really. This Liberal government seems to be getting worse at every turn. What happened to maturity, considered thought and intelligence. Do these people run their own lives in exactly the same manner, haphazardly, without thought and shooting from the hip at every decision making time?

  6. Roger

    Dr Brendan Murphy has been all over the shop.

    In his defence I suppose it could be said he was merely folliwing the “best advice” from “the experts”, i.e. the WHO.

    The latter have now said they “deeply regret” getting these things wrong.

    What are the “learnings” from this?

    1. Why do we have state and commonwealth chief medical offciers who merely parrot to their relevant ministers the WHO line without any independent investigations/analysis by their gargantuan Health departments?

    2. Politically, precaution is better than having to say sorry. It’s also vastly cheaper to ask students to self-isolate than to implement segregation in schools.

    3. Alas, there is no cure for being Dan Tehan.

  7. Fisky

    Listen you fucking idiot. You will not have a surplus in 2020. It’s done. Give up this stupid charade and just do the right thing. Twat.

  8. C.L.

    Australia must “send a message”

    The world doesn’t give a rat’s bat’s arse about Australia’s ‘messages,’ you lunatic.
    It’s the AIDS thing all over again. That is: allowing people to die is a small price to pay to avoid discriminating against an approved but diseased grievance group – in this case, Chinamen.

    Just wow: the health minister wants carriers in classrooms. He should be sacked.

  9. Buccaneer

    The globalist agenda can’t progress so easily if national borders have an actual function. I notice the latest wrongologist position is that sending people to Christmas Island for quarantine is tantamount to torture and discriminatory.

  10. nb

    ‘What are the “learnings” from this?’
    🙂
    Half our troubles began after people started having ‘learnings’.

  11. Pyrmonter

    @ CL

    Well, it might be ‘AIDS all over again’: prejudice against minorities standing between governments, the citizenry and good public health.

  12. nb

    A question for the people who want the potentially-diseased to mix freely:
    ‘What arrangements have you made for your children?’

  13. bollux

    Hope those Chinese school kids don’t have an “older” teacher. If the pinnacle of the education system is the Federal Minister of Education, why would they want their chhildren educated here in this asylum?

  14. I think the problem is that every government statement or decision is driven by their retarded advisors who just fixate on the polls (a hangover from Turdbull). While common sense is a rare commodity nowadays, this government has none whatsoever.

  15. Jock

    Laughable. His government spends tens of billions on “climate change” and defence , on the basis of the precautionary principle, yet he overeacts when private schools take their “duty of care” seriously. Why did he over react to schools taking a firm line?

  16. tbh

    It’s ridiculous. Both of my kids (private) schools said don’t come to school if you’ve been to China in the last 14 days, no debate. Fair enough too. The Feds can fark orf.

  17. Fisky

    Laughable. His government spends tens of billions on “climate change” and defence , on the basis of the precautionary principle, yet he overeacts when private schools take their “duty of care” seriously. Why did he over react to schools taking a firm line?

    Because he’s a dumb globalist (BIRM)

  18. stackja

    Incoming Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy breaks with tradition

    JANUARY 27 2020 – 3:30AM

    He began getting in touch with medical groups and individuals of all kinds and interests to talk about a whole range of issues that went well beyond protecting the country from exotic diseases, which for years had been the traditional focus of the nation’s top medical adviser.

    Over the subsequent three and a half years Professor Murphy has made it his business to be involved in issues that span the health sector, from medical workforce planning and microbial resistance to opioid use and medical research.

  19. John Michelmore

    A prepper supplier had paid for 300 P2 masks in Adelaide. When he went to pick them up, sales had been banned by the government overnight, and he was handed his money back! Definitely nothing to worry about then!

  20. a happy little debunker

    In light of the transparently unfair criticism over the most recent bushfires the current federal Government is going to pains to get ahead of this publicity nightmare.

    This is not about responding rationally (like stopping the approximate 75 000 tourists arriving weekly from China) – but by being seen to be responding in the public minds (like repurposing Xmas Island facilities for a couple of thousand Ex-Pats returning from China).

  21. Infidel Tiger

    Remember there is currently a complete and total ban on pork imports right now because of swine flu, but millions of potential Coronavirus transmitters are welcome.

    Your lives are worth less than a pigs.

  22. Fisky

    In light of the transparently unfair criticism over the most recent bushfires the current federal Government is going to pains to get ahead of this publicity nightmare.

    Most of the people who attacked the government over the fires are totally fine with keeping our borders and schools open to bat virus carriers.

  23. The Sheriff

    There’s a reason that Dan Tehan struggled to win pre-selection in Wannon.

  24. liliana

    I wonder who the million masks are for? As the healthy are told not to wear masks and, given they will be dispensed by the medical profession, I can only conclude that our quisling ‘leaders’ are preparing for a million cases of kung flu.

    Not stopping all incoming flights immediately from the giant incubator is unforgivable. What rational person thinks it OK to allow 1000’s of potential disease carriers into the country while they work out how it’s transmitted. FFS stop the flights first and then work it out you traitorous morons!!!.

  25. cohenite

    Tehan is a kunt of the lowest order; further example: he has presided over JCU’s persecution of Peter Ridd and after JCU was eviscerated in the primary Judgment, one of the strongest Judgments I have read, he has allowed JCU to continue to waste taxpayer money on an appeal.

  26. John A

    Well, I’m glad I prioritise my reading so that letters/emails from the school are read before I read government PR statements.
    Because my school has already advised that it is adopting the highly cautionary approach recommended by the CMO at both Federal and State (Vic and NSW) level.

    14-day incubation period for any person who has been to the relevant province in China, even if they don’t show symptoms.

    I had no idea that Dan Tehan was Federal Health Minister. Anyone who wishes should call their Car Club – I’m sure They Care (but not me).

  27. Fisky

    Don’t worry, the Opposition will say nothing about such dismal leadership by Morrison/Tehan, because they concur 100% with the ideology behind it – we must keep the borders OPEN!

  28. Just think of our quarantine regulations. Everything brought in is scrupulously checked and destroyed by fire if deemed unsafe so that nothing infects our wildlife.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    Our authorities are rifling through bags at the airport looking for apples, while Chinamen eject diarrhea from their earholes and are completely ignored.

    This is Australia.

  30. Has any expert pointed to global warming being responsible for this?

  31. Ubique

    Our son’s school ignored this dope, advised as he is by the idle Green-left virtue-signalling globalists that infest the Commonwealth Health Department.

  32. Ubique

    Before Mr Tehan starts lecturing schools on what they should and shouldn’t do, he might want to think about going back to school to complete Year 12. There’s no indication that he’s done so before.

  33. stackja

    Restaurant warning as second Victorian coronavirus case confirmed
    A man diagnosed with coronavirus flew from Melbourne to the Gold Coast this week, prompting a passenger alert from Tigerair. It follows the closure of a Glen Waverley restaurant after a diner fell ill and cancellation of the Box Hill Chinese New Year festival.

    Tamsin Rose, Josh Fagan, Ashley Argoon, Grant McArthur, Herald Sun
    January 30, 2020 3:51pm

    Diners at a Glen Waverley restaurant may have been exposed to the coronavirus, with Victoria’s second case being confirmed.

    The patient, a man in his 60s who had travelled to Wuhan City in China, is now isolated and recovering at home.

    This afternoon Tigerair confirmed it was contacting passengers on a Melbourne to Gold Coast flight on Monday after a passenger was diagnosed in Queensland with the virus.

    The man was on flight TT566 on January 27, a Tigerair spokesman told the Herald Sun

  34. C. Paul Barreira

    Dope of the Week

    There’s much competition for this laurel. It all makes one contemplate wiping out any bookmark to do with news, current affairs and blogging. Very tempting—and why not? Look to the garden, listen to Bach through Brahms, and read well. When it comes to manure confine my attentions to the simple brown stuff from cows and sheep. Forget this hideous twenty-first century. “Banality of evil”—never more alive than now.

  35. Cui Bono

    Don’t worry. He’s only the Federal education minister

  36. Professor Fred Lenin

    My institute has researched the matter thoroughly ,there is no need to worry , the virus only affects people who take comissions from corrupt Chinese,the virus lurks in the bank notes it seems.
    Some of the corrupt bribrtakers are old like Keating Carr Turnbull ,that accounts for the old age statement .
    we strongly advise you keep away from people carrying Aldi bags that do mot contain groceries .

  37. Bob in Castlemaine

    A prize goose!
    Tehan has long preferred to ignore his constituents who suffer the insidious health problems associated with wind turbines, rather than addressing their legitimate cries for help.
    He may have a Liberal pedigree but when it comes to genuine empathy forget it!
    A worthy Turnbull disciple.

  38. Howard Hill

    Poeple bleeding from the eyes walk straight through customs but if you’ve concealed a couple of packets of smokes, you’re slammed against a wall and handcuffed.

    The Lucky C u n t r y!

  39. miltonf

    Mum is/was a politician I believe. Notice how ideology is more important than citizens’ welfare.

  40. Professor Fred Lenin

    Perhaps he should go back to his thriving law practice above the fish and chip shop in High Street ?

  41. Howard Hill

    we strongly advise you keep away from people carrying Aldi bags that do mot contain groceries .

    lol! Clever one, Prof.

  42. rickw

    Where does Australia find these morons?

  43. Howard Hill

    Where does Australia find these morons?
    They’re bred at ultimo.

  44. Squirrel

    For a pollie who tends to come across as more Steele Rudd than Kevin, this was an interesting intervention – but our GNP – Glorious National (population) Ponzi – has to be fed and financed.

  45. Where does Australia find these morons?

    Our political system produces these morons, scum floats to the top. If our elections were based on ‘One Candidate, One Vote’ (no preferences), thing could be better (perhaps).

  46. Tel

    The only people thicker than this class A buffoon … would be whoever pays his overly generous salary and pension.

  47. Howard Hill

    The only people thicker than this class A buffoon … would be whoever pays his overly generous salary and pension.

    Wait What? That’s us. I resemble that remark!

  48. Howard Hill

    How’s the 3D printing stuff going, Tel? I did replay to that post the other day.

  49. stackja

    Tel
    #3306907, posted on January 30, 2020 at 7:15 pm
    The only people thicker than this class A buffoon … would be whoever pays his overly generous salary and pension.

    Wuhan virus is exposing many class A buffoons.

  50. miltonf

    So have Trump and Brexit

  51. John BENDALL

    We stopped the boats because the passengers were illegal refugees. But we allow daily arrival of 14 planes a day from China with the risk of passengers being carriers of a deadly disease! Go figure????

  52. Narwhal Tusk

    Bob of Castlemaine.
    Good Heavens
    You must be about the only person in Castlemaine who hasn’t succumbed to the luvvie leftist drivel that permeates that town.

  53. Tel

    How’s the 3D printing stuff going, Tel? I did replay to that post the other day.

    Have not done any and still not purchased any equipment either.

    I still like the idea … insufficient focus on my part though, and I admit I’m starting without knowing much, so I have a feeling I’m getting left further behind.

  54. BorisG,

    So far the reported numbers even in Wuhan are tiny compared to normal flu.

    A few days ago I reported some news from my Australian friend, Simon Cartier, in Wuhan. Today he has a lengthy report in the Australian.

    But panic is your friend.

  55. Tel

    We stopped the boats because the passengers were illegal refugees. But we allow daily arrival of 14 planes a day from China with the risk of passengers being carriers of a deadly disease! Go figure????

    But the lady walks through the cabin spraying a bit of air freshener around … that usually sorts the problem.

  56. bespoke

    Most moles are harmless.

  57. Leo G

    I guess Tehan thought he needed to defend the commercial (and non-racist) interests of the education sector.

    Progressives may have become so conditioned to the great fake international climate change emergency, that they think a fake response to a real emergency is OK.

  58. Terry Boardman

    His Canadian equivalent did exactly the same.

  59. Destroyer D69

    The fact that the Chinese are pulling out all the stops to build a number of thousand bed hospitals in less than three weeks suggests to me that they are expecting a serious sh..storm of a medical nature to be coming down on their heads in the very near future.

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