Who do you trust in a pandemic?

By Adam Triggs
Updated July 1 2021 - 3:31pm, first published July 27 2020 - 5:00pm
Twenty per cent of Australians believe that the media and government are increasing the number of people reported to have died from COVID-19 to scare the public. Picture: Shutterstock

"Unbearable," "crippling" and "exorbitant" were the words used to describe Australia's "debt and deficit crisis" back when net debt was 12.5 per cent of GDP. How quickly times have changed. The same people, now in government, last week described Australia's forecast net debt of 35.7 per cent of GDP, three times bigger, as "manageable." This change of mind took place in a week when federal and state governments were scratching their heads wondering why the public weren't listening to government advice about COVID-19. Why indeed.