Pandemic changed ‘public mentality’

Former Foreign Secretary Alexander Downer says the “public mentality” has been tarnished by the pandemic.

“The way the public is embracing their closing of state borders, the lockdowns, the closing of the international border, the sheer range of restrictions, the police, the drones in police-operated parks, that sort of thing,” he told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

Mr Downer said these things were “completely antipathetic to a liberal-minded person”, but the public “embraced it all”.

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