Listen to the children

AS the democratically-elected leader of our state, Daniel Andrews must reach out to 10-year-old Olivia, whose poignant and sad memoir of being locked-up at home offers him a “real” testimony about that experience (HS, 30/9).

It’s imperative that he no longer ignores the continuing mental cruelty of millions of people in this state, and listens to more than just so-called expert medical advice by hand-picked doctors.

That a 10-year-old girl can change her mind and emotional reaction to homeschooling, writing that initially “I loved it” but now it “sucks” demands serious consideration from Andrews and his medical advisers about the “harm” under his control, however inadvertent. As Olivia so pertinently highlights “at my house everybody is sick of everybody”.