The moment Mr Morrison claimed on March 18, 2020 that Covid was a once-in-100-year pandemic, an opportunity opened up for opposition forces to attack this lie and rapidly grow politically. A victory was assured in the next federal election, since never before in Australia’s history was a bigger lie told.
Opposition groups needed to hammer this on a daily basis. That would have quickly calmed down everyone and voters would have been horrified at how badly they had been lied to. By now, the opposition forces would have been cruising to a massive election victory.
It is the median voter who decides elections. In Australia’s case, he is the one who ransacked supermarkets for toilet paper, stood in lines during 2020 and 2021 to get a PCR test, was the first to get the jab, and masked himself while alone inside his car. Having bought into the Big Lies of the Liberal and Labor parties, the median voter has shut his ears to anyone who suggests that the government should not have pushed the vaccines. He knows that there is no sterilising Covid vaccine, but given his Covid threat-perception, he will take as many boosters as ‘needed’ – and give them to his toddlers as well. Rationally too, if this pandemic is as big as the Spanish Flu, why should anyone care about a few vaccine harms?
Morrison is a propaganda grand-master. Goebbels had said: ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.’ Today, 90 per cent of Australians fully believe Morrison’s Big Lie.
Despite that, Covid still remains a modest pandemic. The UK Parliament was informed on August 27, 2021 that the infection fatality rate (IFR) for Covid is 0.096 per cent – the same as for the seasonal flu. At worst, the Covid pandemic is in the range of the Asian or the Hong Kong Flu. Covid is more infectious than the flu, so despite a flu-like IFR it kills more people.
Further, it is impossible to identify any pandemic in 2020-21 in Sweden’s death rate charts. Why Sweden? Because it is the only control group (nation) that we have. It had no lockdowns, it therefore had no lockdown deaths: its excess deaths are purely Covid deaths. Sweden had around 3,000 excess deaths in 2020 out of a population of 10 million.
Given access to such election-winning information, what did our bright opposition political parties do? They refused to even mention this. A massively-funded opposition party hammers on daily about vaccine safety and Ivermectin. These might be legitimate issues, but the median voter is simply not interested. Another opposition party is betting its future on disgruntled members of the Liberal Party falling into its lap. A third one is hoping that boosters will ‘finally’ wake up the voter.
Had these parties focused instead only on one issue: Morrison’s Big Lie, by now the Covid hysteria would have dissipated and the voter would have turned viciously against the Liberal and Labor parties. But the polling and betting data are clear: the opposition forces will be wiped out. By being tone-deaf to the voter’s concerns, they are well-positioned to snatch defeat from the jaws of what should have been a certain victory.
Even now, the Australian voter will listen to them, but they need a different message that says: ‘Dear fellow citizens, we support your choice to take the vaccines – which have brought significant relief to vulnerable sections of the community. Many of us have also taken the vaccines. If the pandemic is indeed as big as it is made out to be, then vaccines are a huge part of the solution.
‘But we are not here to talk to you about vaccines. We want to talk about how you have been lied to by the Liberal and Labor parties about covid being a major pandemic. It is not.’ (And here provide the data.)
Then tell them: ‘You might be aware that as a result of lockdowns – a policy which is clearly forbidden by Australia’s pandemic plans – enormous damage has been done to the lives of children and our youth, who never faced any noticeable risk from Covid. Our national economy has been decimated. A trillion dollars in debt faces our future generations. All this has been for nothing.’
Morrison and Albanese are prize-winning sheepdogs; they do whatever it takes – including barking big lies to retain their flock. The opposition act like random street dogs howling into the sky and patting each other on the back after they’ve done their weekend ‘freedom walks’.
A year ago, I helped start a party called Australia’s Representatives (AusReps) and helped it cross the 500 member-audit stage with the AEC. But in a bipartisan attack on democracy, new election laws were introduced last year which forced AusReps to merge with the Australian Federation Party (AFP).
Having personally coordinated the challenge of getting 500 member names validated by the AEC, I can confirm that this requirement is nothing short of inhumane. Requiring non-Parliamentary parties to confirm 1,500 members to the AEC is a dastardly attack on democracy. In a mammoth democracy like India only 100 members are required to create a new political party, which can then contest in all national and state elections.
At present, AFP is undergoing the required 1,500-member audit. Fingers crossed.
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