Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner has used a COVID-19 update press conference to denounce ‘misinformation’ spread widely across the world, which he says could harm Indigenous Territorians.
He singled out what he called a “huge amount of misinformation spreading online in the last few days” this morning, as he once again opposes anyone who dares to question:
“I don’t really want to lean into the lies that are being spread.”
Although, given these press conferences genuinely get spliced up by international trolls: ‘Hello, conspiracy theorists overseas watching this: Please, get a life’.”
Gunner took aim at “insane, unhinged stuff spreading online”, that he said “overwhelmingly comes from people who don’t live here and know nothing about us”.
He added that “99.9 per cent of the ‘BS’ that is flying around the internet about the Territory is coming from flogs outside the Territory — mostly America, Canada and the UK”.
“People who have nothing better than to really make up lies about us, because their own lives are so small and so sad.”
“If anybody thinks we are going to be distracted or intimidated by tin-foil hat wearing tossers sitting in their parents basements … then you do not know us Territorians.”
Mr Gunner said bad-faith conspiracy theorists spreading rumours online would not distract from his effort “to protect the oldest continuous living culture on the planet”.
“We don’t need to pay any more attention to them. We don’t need to listen to them.”
The Chief Minister, in the same press conference, also called it a “positive day” in the current outbreak, which has predominantly impacted Aboriginal Territorians.
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