Let me be upfront and disclose my personal history with Daniel Andrews, premier of the Australian state of Victoria.
I met the man once.
I talked to him from the heart about breast feeding.
This is what the prefeminist era used to call a motherhood issue.
It was on the steps of the state parliament in Melbourne. He listened as I told him that I had been a midwife for a quarter of a century and that I felt really strongly about the need to improve breast feeding rates. For public health. For mums. For families. For babies.
Without any reaction at all, Daniel Andrews turned his back on me and walked away.
A few years later, his government’s state police force arrested me as a result of my memorial tree planting lobbying of an elected local government politician from Daniel Andrews’ political party.
Daniel Andrews has history with me. It is not good. I dont like him.
But it does give me great pleasure to point out that, in his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Socialist Left factionalist Andrews has quickly followed in the footsteps of master politician Donald Trump by declaring a state of emergency.
As we face this crisis, without the public health benefits of good breast feeding rates, nobody knows yet what new strategies will work best.
Perhaps the apparent British approach, lead by Boris Johnson, of welcoming the acheivement of herd immunity, would give better longterm protection, if a much more virulent, more deadly strain of this virus emerges later.
Who really knows?
Only God is omniscient.
The Daniel Andrews I have met knows nothing of public health.
And didnt even care.
Geoff Fox, 17th March, 2020, Down Under