Black Lives Matter protests make mockery of COVID-19 lockdowns

Black Lives Matter protests make mockery of COVID-19 lockdowns, by the editorial board at The Australian.

Viewers of television news on Saturday could only stare in indignation, wondering if they had missed an official announcement that the COVID-19 pandemic and all restrictions were over. As police looked on, tens of thousands of protesters jammed city streets, squares and bridges, ignoring social distancing and rules limiting gatherings to 50 or 20 people.

Workers who have lost jobs, nursing home residents missing their families, small business owners who have watched enterprises shrivel after years of hard work, hospital patients going without visitors, students whose study and sporting hopes have been upended and those prohibited from travelling to or from states such as Queensland can only wonder: Why one rule for the protesters and another for the rest of us?

Many people now regard the remaining lockdown rules as a farce and want to disregard them. …

Barely two months ago, NSW police were driving off road in Rushcutters Park in Sydney’s inner east to move on a few people sitting on the grass. On Saturday, they stood by as thousands massed in close contact. The inconsistencies are farcical.

Cost to government of lockdown: $25,000 per person, $100k for a family of four.

The Parliamentary Budget Office has projected the legacy of the virus will be additional net debt of up to $620bn by the end of the decade.

Anger across states as protests fly in face of COVID-19 rules, by Geoff Chambers.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on Sunday condemned the actions of the protesters as “reckless and irresponsible”. …

“There is a complete and utter double standard here,” Senator Cormann said.

“If it is good enough to impose restrictions on everyday Australians in their daily lives, in their jobs, across the economy, then it has to be good enough in these circumstances that we have witnessed in the last few days.” …

Labor clueless, in denial:

[Deputy Labor Leader Richard Marles] rejected suggestions the demonstrations were “imported” from the US following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“We’ve got a major issue in this country. To suggest that this is something which is imported, is patently ridiculous. And to say to those who are standing up against it and to do something about it, that this is an act of selfishness and indulgence, is wrong.”