How good is it to be an Aussie?

In the midst of social lockdown, I have started to take stock of just how fortunate I am to live in a country like Australia. After all, as a nation we’ve…

  • Had twenty-eight years of uninterrupted economic growth.
  • A government that is so generous with its welfare payments that it borders on socialism.
  • A world-class health system that would make most other countries green with envy.
  • A police force largely characterised by professionalism and integrity.
  • An essentially stable government, especially if you exclude the veritable revolving door of political leadership.
  • A Prime Minister who is an outspoken man of Christian faith who is committed to prayer.
  • Apart from a few drongos in Bondi and Manly, a general population that has conscientiously adhered to the social distancing guidelines as outlined by the chief medical advisors.
  • And one of the lowest incidents of deaths related to COVID-19 in Western civilisation.

Following on from that last point, while every single one of the thirty COVID-19 related deaths in Australia is tragic, it’s pertinent to keep in mind the large picture. As the following chart shows—at this stage at least—the death rate for COVID-19 is not only extremely low, but in comparison to the other major causes of death, it is almost negligible.

Once again, that is not to downplay the hardship or suffering of any individual, especially the 5,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which Australia currently has. It’s simply to say how grateful we all should be, to be living in a country such as Australia at this present time.

What’s more, we should also address the even greater causes of death, which act as a scourge on our population. So yes, let’s keep our fellow citizens healthy and safe by not doing things that could spread the virus. But let’s not also forget that there are all kinds of other health issues—suicide, cancer, road accidents and abortion—that we must not overlook as well.

[Photo by Mads Schmidt Rasmussen on Unsplash]

By |2020-04-04T19:13:02+11:00April 4th, 2020|Australia, Authors, Faith, Leadership|1 Comment

About the Author:

Mark Powell is associate pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, a multi-site church in Strathfield, NSW. He and his wife have six children. Mark is a passionate advocate for faith, family, freedom and life. He is a gifted communicator and has made various appearances on radio and TV. Mark is unafraid to graciously speak the truth about contentious issues. He contributes to numerous online publications including The Spectator Australia, where his articles often appear in the most popular list.

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