A crowd of protesters in front of Flinders St Station
Protesters during a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Australians have been prepared, so far, to accept that
measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are based on sound medical advice. This
has led to a remarkable degree of compliance with lockdown and isolation and
reduced the spread of the virus.

There is clear evidence that distancing has been effective
in reducing COVID-19 infections. There is an argument that Australia’s lockdown
was harsher than needed, but by and large the public has been prepared to trust
the medical advice.

That trust may not last if medical advisers display
inconsistency in their advice about risks of infection.