In Australia and around the world, government public health advisors have become unlikely national celebrities. America has the lovably gravel-voiced Dr Anthony Fauci, tasked with the unenviable job of correcting all of Donald Trump’s mistakes live on television — with the President repeatedly butting in to argue back. Britain had the now-disgraced “Dr Lockdown”, Prof Neil Ferguson, forced to resign in a lurid sex scandal. And Australia had its soft-spoken Chief Medical Officer, Prof Brendan Murphy.
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