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Ashley: we moan, but think of those on the front line

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Ashley: we moan, but think of those on the front line

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Last week, as I drove past the COVID testing hub at Kawana on my way to work and saw 200 to 300 cars lined up, all I could think was that will be me one of these days.

It was not a pleasant thought.

I also thought about the daily briefings from our leaders about getting tested if you have any symptoms and if it’s too busy, then get a rapid test and also to go and get a booster shot.

At the time of writing, none of those three suggestions was doable.

Well, maybe the test if we had six hours to spare and they didn’t run out of kits.


Our leaders are making some noises about rectifying all of the above, which will be fantastic if it actually happens and will at least restore some faith in the powers that be.

While I was pondering this as I drove to work, I actually had an epiphany: what about the poor workers at the test centres, the labs, and all our health workers, the police that are at the frontline of this massive cluster bucket of swill?

Sure, I am worried about my health, my family and friends, workmates and the business but what about all the people trying to do what these politicians are saying on a daily basis?

The virus changes course rapidly and so does the advice coming through our media sources from the folks that are supposed to be guiding us through this, which is of course difficult, but not as difficult as the front line.

It’s a bit like going to war; it’s rare that the strategists are on the front line.

There’s been a huge demand for COVID testing, as this car queue in Landsborough shows. Picture: Kat Donaghey

Mostly, they are in a bunker somewhere moving troops and supplies from a safe distance.


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Of course, some leaders lead from the front, like WWII General George Patton who had hundreds of quotable quotes.

I think two fit the situation we are in now: “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair”.

It probably sums up a few things over the last two years?

But even more fitting: “Human beings are all made of flesh and blood and a miracle fibre called courage.”

Those workers on the front line of this debacle certainly have that fibre and I guess it’s up to the rest of us to respect that and hope we can find it as well.

Ashley Robinson is the manager of Alex Surf Club and the chairman of the Sunshine Coast Falcons.