Depending on whereabouts in the country you are, the contingencies the Morrison government have taken to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 so far have seemed a bit like a phoney war. That was until today with images of tens of thousands of Australians queuing up outside of Centrelink offices, many for the first time in their lives.
Having discharged a human wave by relaxing control of Turkey’s military zone the Mad Turk has broken his 2016 pledge to the European Union to shelter refugees until the situation recovers. His hostile act confirms that he is, unlike the much-maligned Bashar al-Assad, a global villain.
The announcement came more than a week ago as Russian-backed Syrian Government Forces staged an air offensive in Syria’s northwest Idlib province where Turkish troops are pinned down. Dozens of Turks were killed and close to a million Syrian refugees made their way towards the Turkish border.