PLIBERSEK IS ONE PINK GALAH
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.
She sure is a strange bird, but only one of a large mob of pink galahs who sit in trees or fly around all day squawking and doing nothing until... well until the farmer sows his seed... then it’s a free-for-all.
Many birds present you with a blank look to disarm you; to get you to lower your guard, but with Tanya the blank look is a fair dinkum one.
She wants Tony Abbott to send teams of medicos to Ebola-stricken countries where we have no hope of getting them out. Australia is over 30 hours away and I’ve never done it in under 32!
But she also suggests Abbott should do more to get other partner countries to take our Ebola patients. Well, good luck with that one Tony. The UK already has partial travel bans imposed and the US is still about 15 hours away and that doesn’t include on-the-ground time.
But the US has 4,000 troops there already and is unlikely to want to accept suspected Ebola patients on our behalf when they are likely to get a rash of their own.
So Tanya dear, a Lear Jet for each person showing Ebola symptoms in a massive operation involving dozens of people, many airports, many refuelling stops and many time zones simply to get one suspected case back home?
Perhaps Tanya would agree that we wait until 20 people are showing signs of infection and take them all in one go. Uh oh, better not ask her that, she might agree!
Okay, British Airways and Air France have ceased flying to affected countries and that leaves Germany. But Germany on a good day is at least 8 hours away and asking them to agree to take Aussies with Ebola symptoms could be stretching a foreign friendship.
Almost all other third world countries without any facilities for handling Ebola patients have imposed total travel bans. So, we’re just about stuffed! And we are already concerned about the hundreds of Aussies already in the area who may need evacuation.
Goodness me, there’s one pink galah who should stop squawking, stay in her tree and hope the other pink galahs bring her back some of next year’s stolen crop.