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Scott Morrison and Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The messaging from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and chief medical officer Brendan Murphy during the coronavirus crisis has been roundly criticised.

Morrison was going to the football, and then he wasn't, then hand shakes were fine, and then they weren't. What was meant by "necessary travel"? What remained an "essential job"?

Last Tuesday may have been the nadir. The advice that classrooms, funerals, weddings, hairdressers, outdoor workout groups, all distinct from general "public gatherings", were each subject to different restrictions caused confusion and criticism.