David Bidstrup guest post. Babies die in Adelaide. Who cares?

Four babies have died in the past month here in Adelaide because they were denied access to surgery in Melbourne due to the insane Victorian Covid restrictions. It is a concern that there are not proper facilities available in SA and the reasons are budgetary, as usual, so 4 young lives have been sacrificed through government stupidity and callousness.

Travellers from New Zealand can get into Melbourne but critically ill babies cannot.

The RFDS could have transported these children interstate at any time. Those who prevented these children from having lifesaving surgery in Melbourne are complicit in their deaths and the grief caused to their parents and families, and should carry that shame with them for the rest of their lives. They deserve our enduring contempt.

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45 Responses to David Bidstrup guest post. Babies die in Adelaide. Who cares?

  1. C.L.

    Those who prevented these children from having lifesaving surgery in Melbourne are complicit in their deaths and the grief caused to their parents and families, and should carry that shame with them for the rest of their lives. They deserve our enduring contempt.

    +1000,000

    This is beyond a disgrace. It is infamous.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    To be fair – my understanding is that the babies were refused travel by the South Australian authorities not the Victorian government.

  3. shady

    Andrews will spin their deaths as the virus not discriminating.

  4. Rafe Champion

    Sinc, that is a worry, there was a dig at the lack of facilities in SA but the implication is that the villain in the piece was Victoria. [don’t blame me, I just work here]

    On the lack of facilities in Adelaide, one could mention the new Adelaide General (or whatever its called) that has been described at the most expensive hospital development in the world due to mammoth cost overruns.

  5. Roger

    Disturbing if true.

    Context?

    Links?

    To be fair – my understanding is that the babies were refused travel by the South Australian authorities not the Victorian government.

    Rationale?

  6. Econocrat

    Were they socialist babies?

  7. notafan

    Yes premier covid paranoia is rampant in Australia.

    Better dead than covid dead.

    Or something.

    Infamous indeed.

  8. Megan

    They deserve our enduring contempt.

    They most certainly have mine!

  9. C.L.

    In The Australian also.
    A non denial denial from Andrews.

    “I don’t know if it’s correct to say that COVID restrictions were the cause of them not travelling here,” he said.

    He doesn’t know.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    He doesn’t know.

    I bet he does.

  11. Roger

    “I don’t know if it’s correct to say that COVID restrictions were the cause of them not travelling here,” he said.

    Well, what else could it possibly be given that it appears such transfers are a long standing practise due to successive SA governments failing to provide neonatal cardiac surgery facilities for their citizens?

  12. Carpe Jugulum

    This has to be a p1sstake.

    There is a special place in hell for the knuts who did this.

    These are fucking babies, the most precious gift a parent can have and your petty government turds cost them their lives.

    I dont know whether to weep or get a pitch fork.

  13. exsteelworker

    Workplace manslaughter!!!!…FOR F.cks SAKE.

  14. Roger

    I dont know whether to weep or get a pitch fork.

    Those aren’t mutually exclusive options, CJ.

  15. Roger

    Andrews really is a creep.

    Just had to get that off my chest before I go to bed.

  16. RobK

    Didn’t someone say” mistakes were made. That is all.”
    Disgusting.
    Politicians and bureaucrats out of their depth. For the most part they are not as good as they think they are.

  17. Ubique

    South Australia can’t afford such surgical facilities itself on account of being a failed state; and having to bear the cost of subsidising intermittent forms of energy for benefits that no can discern let alone put in writing.

  18. Pete of Freo

    Yeah, but if they were murdered in utero you’d all be deathly silent, so maybe re-think your selective moral outrage and hang your heads in shame. Abortion is the most flagrant denial of human rights in the nation and at Catallaxy it’s crickets, so save your contempt…

  19. Rob MW

    On the lack of facilities in Adelaide, one could mention the new Adelaide General (or whatever its called) that has been described at the most expensive hospital development in the world due to mammoth cost overruns.

    Rafe – could the surgery have been carried out in another State – i.e NSW ?

    The people that did this deserve much more than ‘enduring contempt’ Rafe, they exercised the decision held in the actions of a broad sword rather than the decision of a scalpel. The old public service deflected act of omission; what could they have done but failed to do so ? It should be included in the Criminal Code – Chapter 7 – s130 Proper Administration of Government.

  20. notafan

    Pete of Freo

    You think most catallaxy posters have never condemned the evil of abortion?

    You can never have read an open thread.

  21. RobK

    At Catallaxy it’s crickets,
    Noisy crickets at that.

  22. According to the report in The Australian, the South Australian health officials were worried about the babies getting covid and didn’t want to send them. They had the option of sending them to Sydney but did not attempt that either.

    This should have been a major scandal after Case #1. Letting four deaths happen is almost beyond belief. The full story needs to be told.

  23. thefrollickingmole

    Because there is a .001% chance of someone having Covid we will let babies die.

    Yeah, nah bro.

  24. miltonf

    The Blairgowrie incident tells all you need to know about Andrews.

  25. Sinclair Davidson

    Yeah, but if they were murdered in utero you’d all be deathly silent, so maybe re-think your selective moral outrage and hang your heads in shame.

    A Cat virgin. 🙂

    For years we ran specific and dedicated threads on abortion and gay marriage so people could argue the toss non-stop 24-7-12 without impacting even the open threads. So god-knows what you’re talking about, because you certainly don’t.

  26. HT

    I really, really don’t like Andrews or his staggeringly inept government, however Victoria’s borders are not closed. I humbly suggest it’s the SA Premier who needs to answer for this particular obscenity.

  27. HT

    thefrollickingmole
    #3627806, posted on October 21, 2020 at 9:31 pm
    Because there is a .001% chance of someone having Covid we will let babies die.

    Yeah, nah bro.

    Indeed. Did you ever think Australia would allow this to happen? Let alone let it happen again… We have allowed Australians to “other”, other Australians. I barely recognise us anymore.

  28. HT

    Ummm, sorry about the wayward HTTP codes.

  29. egg_

    The key COVID-19 Authority is the National Cabinet, of which Scummo is in charge.

    Costings used to quote “hospital beds” – how many hospital beds do you get for burning $1 Trillion, Scummo?

  30. nb

    Our governments kill babies to save them.

  31. egg_

    Manchester UK had their hand out to the Govt, if they wished to upgrade to Stage 3 restrictions recently.

    “Follow the money”.

    /LockDAN

  32. egg_

    Our governments kill babies to save them their @rses.

    FTFY.

  33. Fair Shake

    Beyond the pale. Both SA and Vic Authorities come out looking like Shyte

  34. yarpos

    So we have more to put on the list of baby killers with Pallashay then?

  35. Eyrie

    We have allowed Australians to “other”, other Australians. I barely recognise us anymore.

    “Australians”. Who are these “Australians”? I think it is an archaic concept no longer in use.

  36. Annie

    Another stinking occurrence to add to the many, excused by covid.

  37. David Bidstrup

    There will be lots of arse covering and obfuscation but the fact remains that it has been normal practice for babies to be taken to Melbourne for heart surgery for many years. It beggars belief that the facilities are not available in Adelaide and our public health system is in the usual continuous crisis. Nurses are being made redundant by the accountants that are being paid a motza to “sort out” the debacle. No matter who ends up without a chair when the music stops all efforts should have been made to give these little kids a chance. The idea that Convid-19 is a danger to them is a sick joke.

  38. Tim

    Dont forget the lady from ballina who lost a twin because she couldnt get help in Queensland and had to endure 16 hours before she got to sydney

    That one is squarely at the feet of palachook and janet young

  39. candy

    Given that it has been normal practice for these ill babies to be transferred to Melbourne you would think the SA premier and especially the Health Minister and the Federal Health Minister would have thought of this situation arising when the corona first became problematic. Testing out scenarios and solutions and so on.

    It has come as one big shock to them, apparently.

  40. Angus Black

    Yeah, but if they were murdered in utero you’d all be deathly silent, so maybe re-think your selective moral outrage and hang your heads in shame.

    While the accusation is clearly not true of the Cats, it most certainly is true of Leftist elites. So the issue, in general (while not the allegation) is worth some consideration.

    If you count abortions as “deaths” then it’s as significant a %age killer as “all cancers” or “all cardio-vascular” at least in Australia/UK/USA. Official figures are not kept in Oz – though are a couple of good quality studies – in the UK the ONS offer data online, in the USA the CDC)

  41. Lee

    In The Australian also.
    A non denial denial from Andrews.

    “I don’t know if it’s correct to say that COVID restrictions were the cause of them not travelling here,” he said.

    I would love to be a reporter at one of Andrews’ press conferences.
    Me: “Premier, if you don’t know or are unaware of anything, what is the point of you being in government?”
    Talking of Andrews reminds of an episode of Get Smart, where Smart is grilled by a senatorial committee.
    Smart is asked questions to which he repeatedly replies: “I don’t know.”
    When the chairman suggests that Smart could be fired, Smart replies: “they can’t fire me; I know too much!”

  42. Speedbox

    Is there no end to Government incompetence? They have torched our economies, fractured community cohesion, created a ‘them and us’ stance between normally law abiding citizens and the police, precipitated early death for some…..and why?

    For no other reason than Governments have been stampeded by grossly pessimistic and wildly inaccurate computer models that predicted COVID similarities to the Spanish Flu or Bubonic Plague with catastrophic death tolls. Utter tosh.

    Although I doubt there will ever be a genuine examination of Government responses here and overseas, I have no trouble believing that the deaths actually caused by COVID infection, whilst tragic, will represent only a relatively small percentage of the total number of collateral deaths.

    It was recently reported that the number of women who have failed to appear for breast cancer examinations is down by 140,000 compared to a normal year in Australia. I wonder what percentage have spun the wheel on that Russian roulette wheel will ultimately loose. Prostate exams for men are down by many tens of thousands. Same.

    Health department dishonesty is displayed without blinking and CHOs have acknowledged the death tolls include those who died ‘with COVID’ rather than ‘from COVID’. Stage 4 cancer patients whose battered immune systems from chemotherapy who succumb to COVID are listed as COVID deaths. A morbidly obese, diabetic man with a long history of serious heart issues and was a heavy smoker and heavy drinker died with COVID – and is listed as a COVID death. There are many other examples with the co-morbidity rate of COVID deceased at a 2.4 co-morbidities.

    Those poor babies are just collateral. Government cannot admit over-reaction. The set course is to slowly back away from the harshest restrictions whilst pinning their hopes on a vaccine. Over time, people will forget, or at least the hurt will sufficiently subside, that life will eventually return to what is already being framed as “COVID normal”.

    The really sad thing is that incumbent Governments in Australia are enjoying high popularity ratings when we should be arming ourselves with pitchforks and lengths of rope.

  43. mizaris

    Why would South Australians care about dead babies?

    First State in Australia to legalise abortion on demand.

    Now looking at legislation to allow abortion up to birth.

    Why would South Australians care about dead babies????

  44. covid ate my homework

    Yes Mizaris WHY?

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