Australia’s strict Covid lockdowns did more harm than good

Australia’s strict Covid lockdowns did more harm than good

Sanjeev Sabhlok
The Spectator Australia
2022-05-17 19:36:00

Third World v. First World: what’s the difference? In a nutshell, the way they make public policy.

For the most part, policy in First World nations is not ideological, but process-oriented. It is required to pass two tests:

  • A test of liberty (the government must not interfere in our life without a strong justification).
  • A test of reason (the justification so provided must be evidence-based and transparent).

These tests are operationalised through the regime of a cost-benefit analysis (CBA).

Many people are suspicious about CBAs, which they think are created by ‘money-minded’ economists who put a ‘value’ on life – something people believe is an impossibility. And indeed, the life of our family members and our friends, cannot be valued on any known metric.

But when taxpayer money is involved, a calculation of trade-offs becomes inevitable.

Comment: Missing from the various analyses is the nearly complete breakdown of trust between the government and the governed. Australia may find it very hard going if it decides to sign on to the latest hysteria over “monkeypox”, to tighten the screws in its citizens again.

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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