It comes from a recent Australian Sky News Public affairs programme that was celebrating the “breath of fresh air” that is the arrival of the new NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet.
The discussion included the public yearning, as in this country, for a return to governments who acted in the best interests of the majority while being sensitive to the genuine grievances and needs of the minority.
It talked about the need to get back to a time when individual responsibilities to one's fellow man, woman and children are regarded as much more important than our current focus on our basic human rights - real or imagined.
Referring to life during the pandemic, it highlighted the farcical adherence to policies that divided the country’s population into those who were expendable and those who are guaranteed protection, simply because they are working for the government or its agencies.
I was heartened but not surprised to note that the response from the general public to the change from “lockdown” to “opening up” in New South Wales was universally positive.
I would wager that the public mood in this country would welcome such a move by our government sooner rather than later. It is just common sense that the need for change is now the only viable option.
How long should we tolerate this King Canute doctrine while it is proving disastrous on every front.
It is clear from just about every rational observation of nations who have recognised the need to adjust their lifestyles in order to live with the virus that we should follow suit before we destroy what is left of our ability to function as a sovereign state.
This government seems unable to recognise that the betrayal of its citizens in order to promote its falsely disguised objectives while it has total control, is rejected by those who crave a return to the “live and let live” policies of the past.
And that number is growing. It will not be long before respect for the law will become a casualty of a frustrated public who don’t share the objectives of the divisive programmes that are being introduced without a mandate.
This country’s populace is an overwhelming mix of people from all ethnic backgrounds, who simply want to get on with a life that enables access to equal opportunity in exchange for the recognition of our individual responsibilities to those who are in need of our help and care.
The tried and proven formula for achieving a law abiding, functioning democracy operating under those conditions is not new. But it is radically different to what we are being served up at present.
Our Government is finally being faced with the “chickens that are coming home to roost” and it is terrified at what it is seeing. Watch this space.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.