Conservatives once championed the sacredness of every human life – until Covid | Jeff Sparrow

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Any serious response to the virus must impinge on the economy. Market ideologues find this very difficult to accept

In 2017, Tony Abbott denounced Victorian “right-to-die” legislation: “We don’t want anyone ever to be regarded as useless, worthless or disposable,” he thundered.

In 2020, by contrast, he railed against government responses to Covid for seeking to preserve “almost every life at almost any cost”.

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