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COVID lays bare Australia's dyed-in-the-wool complacency

Has the 'lucky country' finally run out of luck?

| Australia
Sunbakers gather on Coogee Beach in Sydney on Sept. 12: those less fortunate looked on through gritted teeth.   © Getty Images

Sarah Gilbert is a freelance journalist based in Sydney.

With Sydney's temperatures pushing 30 degrees Celsius in early spring, crowds flocked to its famous shoreline, eager to enjoy one of the few pleasures permitted in their locked-down city.

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