Public health apathy shows how far public trust in government has fallen
A man skirts a barricade at Bondi Beach (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

To the fury of politicians and commentators, large numbers of Australians clearly aren't interested in social distancing. They're still flocking to beaches and congregating in bars and insisting on maintaining their normal, sociable lives.

Beaches and bars have now been shut down, amid scolding of those not taking the threat of the virus seriously enough.

Some blame mixed messaging. It's barely a week since the prime minister declared he was going to the footy and encouraging Australians to go about their lives, to go on being Australian, while the chief medical officer was happily shaking hands.