The Northern Territory chief minister has launched an extraordinary attack on international trolls spreading misinformation online about the Top End’s Covid response, saying the “tinfoil hat-wearing tossers” were “insane and unhinged”.
Michael Gunner used Thursday’s pandemic update to send a message to conspiracy theorists tuning into the live stream from overseas, telling them to “please, get a life”.
He said there had been a number of people from the UK, Canada and USA that made up “ridiculous, untrue rumours” about the government’s response to the outbreak.
The chief minister said “99.99 per cent of the BS” came from “flogs” who didn’t live in Australia.
“I don’t want to lean into the lies that are being spread,” Mr Gunner said.
“It just gives them more oxygen and those lies are dangerous.”
“They (ADF personnel) aren’t carrying weapons. They are carrying fresh food for people and the ADF is just one small part of an absolutely extraordinary effort that’s underway to care for our communities.
“There’s a lot of crap spreading about the Centre for National Resilience … so I urge people not to worry about the insane, unhinged stuff that’s spreading online.
“(They are) people who have nothing better to do than make up lies about us because their own lives are so small and so sad.
“We don‘t need to pay any more attention to them.”
Territorians were instead urged to listen to advice that parts of the NT were locked down because they were in the “biggest fight for our lives” and authorities were trying to keep them safe.
“We are so grateful that you are doing the right thing and we cannot wait to see you again on the other side of this,” Mr Gunner said.
“We are trying to protect the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. We have tens of thousands of years of history, custom and song to keep alive.
“And if anybody thinks we’re going to be distracted by tinfoil hat-wearing tossers sitting in their parents’ basements in Florida, then you do not know us Territorians”.
There was one locally acquired Covid-19 case recorded in the NT on Thursday.
The teenager from Binjari was a close contact of a previous case who was already quarantining at the Centre for National Resilience.
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