How the west was lost


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Premier of Western Australia (WA) Mark McGowan reiterated his promise to reopen the state border to other parts of Australia (and the world) on February 5.McGo One Expressing concern On the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

“Unfortunately, the world changed in December. Omicron has arrived. Omicron is a whole new ball game. You can’t close your eyes and expect it to be different,” he said.

However, WA border closures and restrictions are different from related developments in Australia and elsewhere in the world.

In fact, more and more European countries are withdrawing COVID-19 restrictions, such as mandatory vaccine passports and masks. In the UK, starting January 27, people will no longer have to wear masks or provide vaccination evidence in public.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer’s board of directors, also advocates a return to normal as infection rates are declining worldwide.

McGowan’s uncompromising and inflexible attitude towards border closures and COVID-19 restrictions is reminiscent of its great American epic Western film How the West Was Won.

It’s a story of American determination, patience, and sacrifice that facilitated the conquest of the western United States. But what’s happening in our own western part of Western Australia is the opposite. It’s a story of despair, discrimination, oppression, and economic vandalism.

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London Court closed on June 29, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Matt Jelonek / Getty Images)

Comprehensive research (pdfReleased by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 11, it provides “convincing evidence of a less severe infection in nature” from the Omicron mutant. In fact, according to this US-sponsored study, Omicron poses a “substantially reduced risk” of serious illness compared to Delta, with a 91 percent lower chance of killing an infected person.

Dr. Omar Holsid, President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), said:Removal of internal organsBy the decision to keep the state border closed.

“Don’t pretend that a more’compassionate’border arrangement is a big move. They have been postponed for a long time, but the tough borders continue to hurt many and need to get off as soon as they are ready, “Khorshid said.

McGowan’s announcement to close the state border indefinitely is a terrible blow to families who can eventually reunite.

Andrew McKellar, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, commented that Western Australia cannot live in endless isolation.

“This not only hits business, trade and investment, but at the human level, it means more suffering and suffering for families who haven’t seen each other for nearly two years.” He said..

Evan Hall, CEO of the Western Australia Tourism Council, explains that the Prime Minister’s new promise to reopen the border is “horrible news for the industry.”

International education, tourism, events and other sectors are particularly affected. According to him, such a decision would inevitably result in “WA tourist operators losing their homes and businesses.”

Warren Pearce is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. He insists The decision to close the border “will further delay the mining’s ability to attract coveted workers to strengthen existing businesses, support expansion and build new projects,” he said.

Government measures such as “working from home” and wearing face masks have also had the effect of deteriorating WA’s business units.

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Audiences will watch the fourth round singles match between Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Amanda Anishimova of the United States on the seventh day of the 2022 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia on January 23, 2022. (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

Walking through the streets of Perth CBD in Western Australia can be a depressing experience. Social distance, long queues to the store, and the discriminatory demands of presenting a “vaccine passport” deprive people of an enjoyable shopping experience.

As a result, the city of Perth is gradually becoming a ghost town. Clothing retailers have seen the largest decline, with many stores closing due to a decline in customers affected by regulations. Most stores on James Street in Northbridge are permanently closed, and beggers and homeless people live throughout the region.

The Government of Western Australia has already introduced Australia’s strictest compulsory vaccination policy, including booster shots, for at least 75% of the local workforce.

But now, people over the age of 16 who refuse to constantly interfere with the government are banned from all hospitality and entertainment venues, gyms, hospitals and even liquor stores, including access to drive-throughs, from January 31st. increase. Of course, this has a devastating effect on local commerce.

McGowan warned on January 13 that “the lives of unvaccinated people will be very difficult.”

“There are no pubs, no liquor stores, no gyms, no yoga classes, no gigs, no dance floors, no hospital visits,” he said.

Announced further expansion of the comprehensive vaccine passport system, he said such measures would continue to be implemented for years. McGowan said frankly That is, in adopting separatist policies, vaccinated people will be convinced that they are “only mixed with other vaccinated people.”

Of course, if the vaccine works properly, the risk of infection is minimized and people can avoid booster shots. However, the Prime Minister refused to show evidence of vaccination in hospitals, restaurants, pubs, hotels, gyms, etc., so he “dropkicked” unvaccinated people (Australia’s stupid and worthless people). It was dehumanized by calling it slang).

“If you’re asked to show evidence of vaccination, don’t be a dropkick,” McGowan said on January 6. This is not the first time WA has attacked the inhabitants.

On September 18, 2021, he told those who opposed forced vaccination to “grow the brain.” The dehumanization of those who refuse to be jabbed turns these individuals into scapegoats of the serious economic problems that society is currently facing.

Indeed, the Prime Minister’s authoritarian actions make him dangerous to the socio-economic future of Western Australia. His decision to close the Western Australian border causes unnecessary and financial distress to countless people and destroys their lives and livelihoods.

Finally, renowned British artist and painter David Hockney concludes with a quote from his Normandy friends, “Spring cannot be canceled,” during the Dark Ages of COVID-19. The message is that the oppressive government of Western Australia should be remembered on a regular basis. Someday the west will be regained.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

August Zimmermann

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Dr. August Zimmermann is a professor and director of legal affairs at the Sheridan Institute for Higher Education in Perth. He is also Chairman of the Western Australian Law Theory Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Western Australian Jurist Law Journal, and a former member of the Western Australian Law Amendment.

Gabriel Moens

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Gabriël A. MoensAM is an emeritus professor at the University of Queensland and vice president and dean of Murdoch University. In 2003, Mornes was awarded the Australian Centennial Medal by the Prime Minister for her service to education. He has taught extensively in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Moens recently published two novels, “ATwisted Choice” (Boolarong Press, 2020) and “The Coincidence” (Connor Court Publishing, 2021).