On Wednesday, ABC reported a report that is a fairly clear example of journalism. When attempting to get home to Adelaide from the New South Wales coast when the borders were closed, Nicole Clark miscarried during her four-week pregnancy.
As police questioned her movements in NSW, she was given contradictory advice, turned away at one border crossing and then called by a police officer to say that he was incorrect, turned away again at another point and sent 150km down an unsecured path before ending up sobbing and in pain. It’s a story that doesn’t indicate a reason for the miscarriage – it just happens – but it highlights the issues with how border closures have been treated in recent weeks with a very human face.
“A common way to tell a story used for a number of problems almost every day. Victoria’s border is unlikely to open this month as thousands are stuck waiting for exemptions in NSWRead moreThe reactions on Twitter were appalling: “Four weeks pregnant? Really? Most of us call it a missed time! More media sensationalism! I’m sick of it!” wrote one individual. “Four weeks, barely enough time to really know if she’s pregnant … wasn’t just a period was it?”Four weeks, barely enough time to really know if she was pregnant… wasn’t it just a period? “If all it took was a bumpy road to miscarry, why do we have medical abortions? “The perceived criticism of the border closures they vehemently support criticized most of those dismissing the miscarriage, and most of them were particularly dedicated to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. It is incredible to see the “border wars” as people have become warriors for their state and have grown especially for their state.
It has also occurred in Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia, but in NSW, Queensland and Victoria it is most toxic. The Northern Territory seems to be shivering. Last month, the boundaries NSW shares with South Australia and Victoria were closed at very short notice, while NSW reports less than 10 cases a day on a daily basis, with 18 being the previous high and six from one family. The debate that followed often bordered on hysteria. For not mandating masks before, Gladys Berejiklian was assaulted, making the SCG Cricket Test, no longer sealing off Sydney, and being a Democrat. The reaction to the coronavirus has definitely been used by each Prime Minister to their political benefit, helping to promote what is becoming very dysfunctional behaviour from different quarters. It is understandable that Victorians are afraid after the harsh lockdown – when my sister came from Melbourne to Sydney just before Christmas, there were some outings that frightened her after wearing a mask for so long and seeing only her boyfriend and his relatives. Who could forget the Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk’s “Queenslander!!!” text message when she asked NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian to speak about the opening of the NSW-Queensland border – definitely not me, as my Queensland-based lawyers were waiting to meet my baby.
The border closures were understandable, but the language surrounding them (Queensland hospitals are “for our people only”) was overtly political at times and agonizing for those affected. After the Crossroads outbreak, NSW took four months to effectively eradicate the virus and could theoretically do it again without a difficult lockdown in the region.
It is surprising that an investigation found that “no one was responsible” for the Victorian hotel quarantine scheme, from which these cases arose, to employ private security.
It did not go unnoticed that the report was published the same day that the closure of the Sydney border and surrounding area was announced by Andrews. When hundreds of people developed respiratory problems, 2,650 passengers were allowed to leave the Ruby Princess ship, but no one took responsibility.
It is also worrying that, since the beginning of December, there seems to have been more than one Covid 19 leak in the Sydney hotel quarantine, and no clarification so far. (Although NSW has quarantined far more foreign arrivals than Victoria or Queensland.) Intense collaboration between state health departments is what Australia’s pandemic response needs.