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Travel pass does not mean 'good to go'

20 January 2022

4:00 PM

20 January 2022

4:00 PM

My recent experience in departing and returning from and to Australia has demonstrated the complete disconnect between the Posing Politicians, on the one hand, and some of our Mindless Bureaucrats on the other.

The topic for discussion at the international conference I attended was ‘Rising from the Crisis’, where the 300 delegates from 30 different countries had an opportunity to compare the effectiveness of each country’s response to the major crisis facing the world today.

Evidence indicated that governments wielding the ‘big stick – Coronavirus Heavy Penalties’, resulted in a dramatic reduction in their level of civil society.


Those countries at the other end of the scale – where politicians exhibit humility and make information available for each individual, to ensure they can make the best and most appropriate decisions for themselves, their loved ones and workforce – inevitably resulted in a more caring society where genuine concern was obvious.

Until I showed them written evidence, no one believed that it is also an offence to fail to comply with the Covid emergency management directions issued by the Western Australian Government in relation to self-isolation, quarantine, gatherings, activities, access to places, and travel. The maximum penalty if you are dealt with by a court is 12 months imprisonment and a fine of $50,000 – Ref: Legal Aid Western Australia.

The disconnect I experienced between the ‘political’ and ‘bureaucratic’ was severe, and the disrespect that both exhibit towards their own citizens has led me to prepare a detailed ‘blow-by-blow’ submission to our WA State Ombudsman in the hope that it causes ‘a few well-deserved waves’.

Both the politicians and the bureaucrats should be reminded, in stentorian tones, that the few legitimate roles of government do not include treating their own citizens as dog’s droppings! Please excuse the language, but the English language is incapable of adequately describing the current situation which has left me with very little respect for those whom we hire to care for us.

Please enjoy the submission to our State Ombudsman.

Ron Manners AO is the Executive Chairman of Mannwest Group and the founder and Chairman of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. First published here.

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