Coronavirus: Public Sector Commission to investigate Annaliese van Diemen over Captain Cook tweet

Coronavirus: Public Sector Commission to investigate Annaliese van Diemen over Captain Cook tweet, by Rachel Blaxendale.

Victoria’s Public Sector Commission has confirmed it will investigate whether Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen contravened the Public Administration Act when she compared Captain Cook to coronavirus in a tweet. …

The development came after the Prime Minister told Ms van Diemen to “stick to her day job” and Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton said she should quit, but Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews refused to reprimand his Deputy Chief Health Officer over the controversial tweet. …

Mr Andrews has refused to reprimand the state DCHO, saying she was on a day off when she posted the tweet. He also took a veiled swipe at Mr Morrison and Mr Dutton, saying that if “they’ve got time” to discuss the issue, “good luck to them”.

Let’s clarify the issues here.

First, it is obviously true that, like a virus, Captain Cook and white people came to Australia, spread across it, and greatly changed the previous way of life. Undeniably, there is a similarity.

Second, it is also obviously true that what Ms van Diemen was implying was that white people shared the same moral opprobrium as a virus. The tweet is pointless except to add to the PC theme of “white people bad (racist, imperialist, etc)”.

The second point goes unstated in the public slanging match. Some people even waste their time disputing the first.

But the real issue is the implication of the second point. The tweet is a sophisticated form of name calling and demonization.

And how predictable: Non-PC people are offended, as intended. The PC mob defend the tweet and Ms van Diemen, because they are rather in favor of the name calling. To them it’s funny, rather like saying “shit” to a teacher at school and getting away with it.