Travel hypocrites

From the Telegraph:

We commit to beating Covid-19 everywhere and building back better for all,” began the 14,000 words of guff which made up last week’s G7 communique. Those last two words are a blatant lie. There is no ‘for all’ about the society that our leaders are building in the wake of Covid. Rather it is one in which the gap between the powerful and people over whom they wield their power is growing wider than it has been for decades.

This is the world that is emerging from the pandemic: one which a global elite lives by different rules, which thinks nothing of gathering on a Cornish beach for a barbecue while the rest of us risk £10,000 fines for doing the same; which spews out emissions with impunity while lecturing the rest of us on how we need to curtail our lifestyles – and which all the while parrots platitudes about creating a more equal world.

That last bit refers to the fact that the COP26 conference in November will be held live and not online. Enjoying the irony there.

But here in Australia:

State and federal politicians have leapt to the defence of Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton, after he flew to Canberra for a meeting at a time when Melbourne’s 25km travel ban remained in place on his advice.

Acting Premier James Merlino and federal Health Minister Greg Hunt both argued the chief health officer’s trip on Wednesday to the two-day National Health and Medical Research Council meeting was justified and within the rules given it was work-related.

Well, I suppose, it is easy for your work trip to be within the rules, when you’re making the rules yourself.

Mr Hunt said Professor Sutton was entitled to travel for the event, describing criticism of the trip as “deeply unfair”.

“This was a meeting of the National Health and Medical Research Council,” Mr Hunt said.

You can just imagine the indignation – “We’re saving lives here people”.

Update: Was he really at work?

“It was an event held over two days to honour medical researchers … you can’t really honour people for their fantastic research without being there in person,” Prof Sutton said, adding Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt had also attended the important event.

This from a man who denied permission for people to attend funerals.

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36 Responses to Travel hypocrites

  1. bemused says:

    What happened to the concept of online meetings?

  2. Annie says:

    Criticism of Bretty is ‘deeply unfair’ is it? For going to a works outing that’s certainly not work well away from his normal workplace? I suppose the treatment of the family and friends of that little boy who drowned 100s of kms from Melbourne was not ‘deeply unfair’? Pull the other one you despicable people.

  3. Annie says:

    What indeed Bemused?

  4. Shy Ted says:

    Last week
    Today
    Credlin AO should have had Ghunt on the ropes this week but for “medical advice”. Questions like “the PCR test is not a diagnostic test, is it?” and “have you read the reports about the spike protein collecting in the ovaries?”
    I look forward to reading the minutes of these meetings.

  5. Scott Osmond says:

    And they wonder why they are hated. We’re all in this together. Except for the important people. They get to travel, avoid 2 weeks locked up at their own expense and continue in employment.

  6. Robber Baron says:

    Soon it will become illegal to criticize the government.

    The jackboots are readying themselves to crack skulls.

  7. Lee says:

    Why do effing stupid Liberals (including the PM) stick up for Dictator Dan and his henchmen?
    The converse is never true; indeed the government here in Victoria and its supporters blame the feds when things go wrong.

  8. Lee says:

    Sutton is about as equally bad and to blame as Dictator Dan in the last 15 or so months, for the state Victoria is in.
    Both of them can sod off.

  9. Tom says:

    Rules for thee but not for me.

    Our new ruling elite – from Scott Morrison down to radical state Marxist trash like Brett Sutton, which whom Morrison is collaborating – are contemptible scum.

    The dregs of the middle class, who took over the ALP in the 197os, now run the whole show, including the Liberal Party, which believes in nothing but maintaining the perks of power – and fuck the proletariat.

    Oh, and thanks Big Media, they couldn’t have done it without your gate-keeping hysteria every time the little people tried to reclaim their former freedoms.

    The minor party primary vote will be an all-time record in 2022.

  10. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Folks, I hate to break it to you but this is Marxism in action…..in any Marxist society there are the serfs (us) and there are the elites….such Sutton, Dan Xi Man, Palachook and so on who have their special shops, who get special travel dispensations and so on. These scenarios are a fixture of all Marxist/Communist societies from the USSR to North Korea to Cambodia. The state of Victoria is now a fully fledged progressive Marxist utopia…..the police and judiciary are politicised and are now arms of the far-left government.

    Rules and restrictions are for little people….you better get used to it Victorians…there’s more to come. As for the Victorian Liberals….like the Liberals everywhere….they’ve contributed to this.

  11. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Tom says:
    June 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm”

    I think you’ve said it best Tom.

  12. Miltonf says:

    When push comes to shove Hunt sides with Sutton. Ike Like when pissy crime supported Burke’s travel rorts.

  13. win says:

    Has any one asked these nincompoops if they intend to prevent Australians from developing natural immunity so that as these viruses evolve we will have some sort of resistence. Or like our insulated Aboriginals and and their first meeting with measles which tore through their community we will die in our thousands. History repeats itself.

  14. Miltonf says:

    Political class at war with the citizenry.

  15. Ellen of Tasmania says:

    The jackboots are readying themselves to crack skulls.

    I’m thinking of a t-shirt with a boot-on-face picture and ‘we come from a land down-under’.

    As Cassie said, serfdom is the elite’s preferred option.

  16. Miltonf says:

    I hate Marx with a passion.

  17. Howard Hill says:

    Ceaușescu time!

  18. rickw says:

    Sutton is a complete sack of shit.

  19. Damon says:

    “It was an event held over two days to honour medical researchers”
    Consider the following, published by Sanjeev Sabhlok, on the 13th of September.
    Sanjeev writes, “Most of us are not aware that the esteemed Prof. Brett Sutton is a Public Health Masters graduate from James Cook University (#462 in QS Rankings). Brett Sutton does not have a PhD.…….It is interesting that in March 2020, just prior to Lockdown 1.0, Dr. Brett Sutton was handed an Adjunct Clinical Professor appointment with the Dept. of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, by the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, a Level E appointment (that can only be endorsed by the VC). Level E is the highest level that can be obtained; typically reserved for appointees who have “established an international reputation in the area”. Evidently, Prof. Sutton met eligibility criteria for a Level E academic appointment, without writing more than 1 research paper within the same field of research. His profile is suspiciously scarce of any details.

  20. OldOzzie says:

    Rita Panahi: Brett Sutton’s Canberra jaunt fails the pub test

    How could the chief health officer of a state devastated by Covid and heavy-handed lockdowns feel entitled to go interstate while forcing millions of Victorians to obey a travel limit?

    Acting Premier James Merlino defended the indefensible on Friday. “We’re dealing with a pandemic … there are some activities that can be done online and there are some activities that require people to move around this country,” Merlino said.

    The chief health officer of NSW reportedly wasn’t in Canberra, she took part in the meeting online, as did reportedly the chief health officers of WA and the NT.

    Liberal health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier has questioned the priorities of Victoria’s chief health officer. “We can’t have visitors, we can’t have people coming to our own homes, and yet the chief health officer, who’s providing advice to the government, buzzes off to Canberra to a glitzy award night,” she said.

    Even national cabinet has been conducted online but the chief health officer of the one state that is in crisis, the one state that has been devastated by Covid-19 and heavy-handed lockdowns, needs to be in Canberra in person for an awards ceremony dinner and meeting.

    Not only does this debacle fail the pub test but it fails the logic and consistency tests. Sutton remains a media darling – some of the press pack even have homewares featuring his face – but many others are questioning his judgment.

  21. Ceres says:

    Why do effing stupid Liberals (including the PM) stick up for Dictator Dan and his henchmen?
    Nailed it Lee.
    The Libs don’t understand that these Labor mongrels are their enemy.
    Not a word of criticism from Morrison or Hunt about the suffering of the people here in Victoria at the hands of this marxist mob. Half the population here won’t forget.

  22. Nob says:

    The hypocrisy of the climate gabfest crowd was clear to everyone last year when they postponed it because of travel restrictions.

    When the whole world, if they were still working at all, were on Zoom, Teams, Skype etc. Just as these utter xhunts told us we should always be doing instead of business travel.

    But not a peep from the media pointing this out.

  23. miltonf says:

    The Libs don’t understand that these Labor mongrels are their enemy.

    They regard them as colleagues. Joe Public is regarded as the enemy.

  24. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Not a word of criticism from Morrison or Hunt about the suffering of the people here in Victoria at the hands of this marxist mob. Half the population here won’t forget.

    As a direct result of his own actions, Morrison is joined at the hip now to the state premiers, including Andrews/Merlino. The “National Cabinet” he entered into is an unholy alliance that has and will continue to game him.

    How can he criticise these authoritarian bastards when he is part of their group? It’s a “what happens in National Cabinet, stays in National Cabinet” scenario.

    And as such he is a major part of the problem.

  25. CrazyOldRanga says:

    What are you going to do about it?

  26. Petros says:

    Cool. We can use this line then: you can’t really honour someone without being there in person.

  27. Old Lefty says:

    This is like the hypocrisy over climate change. Left politicians and academics will virtue signal and sign manifestos to kingdom come about the need to reduce emissions, but howl.with indignation if anyone questions their frequent air travel.

    Did Sutton, for example, consider the possibility of putting the professorial posterior in a Greyhound bus to Canberra?

  28. vlad says:

    Why do effing stupid Liberals (including the PM) stick up for Dictator Dan and his henchmen?

    Here’s your answer:

    “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  29. Judge Dredd says:

    These people are disgusting. You’ve had people die in hospitals without their loved ones being around them, funerals where the mourning families cannot gather and give each other comfort.
    God will judge you Brett and those who have brought in these draconian laws.

  30. Gerry says:

    “#sign in where ever you go, when ever you go’ The latest from Dan’s $Billion
    team.
    “#sign in where ever you go, when ever you go, … forever’ seems more apposite

  31. Rufus T Firefly says:

    Morrison and Hunt are classic examples of why they cannot be re-elected.

    I know AlBo, Chalmers, Tanya, Bowen, Marles, Shorten and particularly Wong, Doofus and Kenneally don’t have the combined IQ of what I stepped in today, but with that “focus group led, mummy’s boy Morrison”, its going to be death by a thousand cuts.

    These c#$ts have to be told piss off!
    One term of those other pricks and they will be out for twenty years.
    How could it possibly be worse?
    Big spending? Paying deadshits NOT to work? Slagging the SAS? Not sticking up Civil Rights? Hey, we are living that now!!!!!!!

    You will all no doubt remember Hunt saying “all air travellers must wear a mask on the aircraft.”
    This is clearly virtue signalling rubbish, so, under FOI, (Dept Health FOI 2313), I asked our “Special” Health Minister what studies/research, he based this f%cking ridiculous decision on?

    The response was, “the Dept hold no such records as per your request.”
    So this f#cking imbecile is just making this sh^t up, as he f#cking goes along.

    Meanwhile, on “Air Force f#ck you”, Irma peels this douche grapes as he flies from Caulfield to his home, thinking he is the greatest man since Cicero.

    Wheel in the guillotine!

  32. Amortiser says:

    The CHO, Brett Sutton jets off to Canberra for a glitzy two day award ceremony while the peasants back in Victoria are locked down. Apparently it was all legitimate as part of his job but it does not pass the “pub Test”.
    In defending his trip he said, “”You can’t really honour people for their fantastic research without being there in person.”
    Well Brett Sutton, we cannot honour those we love if we cannot be at their funeral. During the latest lock down, family and friends burying their loved ones were limited to a maximum of ten people. The family of an 8 year old boy who drowned at a school camp requested an exemption. They live 250 km from Melbourne in a place which has never had one case of covid. The request was denied.
    Time to resign Brett Sutton.

  33. win says:

    Who would have thought that the medical profession could have been brought into such professional disrepute . Mind you until the pandemic that never was we never saw our QLD. CHO who is presumably the incompetent sacked by Newman and returned by Palachook.

  34. Mother Lode says:

    and building back better for all,

    Sweet cheeses, they actually made he rambling dotard’s poorly formulated campaign slogan part of their communique?

    Grown ups ‘rebuild’.

    They had to give Joe a simple alliterative slogan so he could remember and repeat it more easily.

    It is also uncommon to use build and rebuild without an object. The slogan didn’t need it so much since it was only meant to be a tag attached to a suite of promises and speeches, rather than action by itself. Why the G7 was happy with this meaningless smudge on the page must be that the rest of the page didn’t matter.

    Or they incorporated it as a sop to Joe whose stupidity, and whose handlers cupidity, is such that they will willingly cooperate in picking the American carcass apart – much to the delight of their new Russian and Chinese masters.

  35. Thaddeus says:

    Fantastic research, yes as based on a fantasy.
    Tossers

  36. Sugarcaves says:

    Amortiser’s comments are worth repeating:

    In defending his trip he said, “”You can’t really honour people for their fantastic research without being there in person.”
    Well Brett Sutton, we cannot honour those we love if we cannot be at their funeral. During the latest lock down, family and friends burying their loved ones were limited to a maximum of ten people. The family of an 8 year old boy who drowned at a school camp requested an exemption. They live 250 km from Melbourne in a place which has never had one case of covid. The request was denied.

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