Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Countries including Israel and many Arab States have placed travel bans on people departing from West African countries stricken with the Ebola virus. Australia and the US have so far wisely decided against this kneejerk reaction to what threatens to become an international crisis.
Imposing travel bans is fraught with a danger that people wishing to leave Ebola affected countries (and there will be many wanting to leave) will first travel to nations unaffected by the virus before purchasing air fares to final destinations.
When this happens, and it will, people who knowingly carry the virus, or those who have been exposed to it, will be able to walk from their destination and into communities undetected and free from any monitoring measures, thus spreading the virus beyond management and into a universal pandemic.
Taking temperatures at airports is an exercise in futility. The virus has an incubation period of a reported 21 days before symptoms become apparent.
We need to know who exactly has been exposed and who is suffering symptoms. Thomas Duncan, the deceased original carrier of the virus to the US, has already caused the death of others and likely to cause more. If you contract this virus you will most likely die.
If this mad proposed travel-ban policy is adopted by western nations (the Middle-East can of course be excused) it will force virus carriers, and those who have been exposed, underground ...and many thousands of innocent people with them.