ABC news reports COVID stress & disruption are comparable to living through a war. Please provide the evidence to support this claim

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Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

ABC reporters Sarah Curnow and Ben Knight from ABC investigation and ABC Victoria state that:

"Experts compare the disruption and stress of the coronavirus pandemic to living through a war, or the Great Depression, but this is a crisis on a scale most of their parents, and even their grandparents, never had to face."

Please provide a copy of:

- the documents and/or correspondence from which the alleged experts made this claim as stated by ABC,

- the documents in which ABC investigated the validity or truth of the alleged experts claim.

Yours faithfully,

Jaay-H

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Dear Jaay-H

 

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the FOI Act. As explained in my responses to your previous FOI
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The following sets out your request:

 

ABC reporters Sarah Curnow and Ben Knight from ABC investigation and ABC
Victoria state that:

"Experts compare the disruption and stress of the coronavirus pandemic to
living through a war, or the Great Depression, but this is a crisis on a
scale most of their parents, and even their grandparents, never had to
face."

Please provide a copy of:

- the documents and/or correspondence from which the alleged experts made
this claim as stated by ABC,

- the documents in which ABC investigated the validity or truth of the
alleged experts claim.

 

Any such document cannot be provided to you under the FOI Act as reports
or correspondence used by the ABC to make this specific piece of content
would be ‘program material’ for the purposes of the Act.

 

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From: Jaay-H <[FOI #6471 email]>
Sent: Monday, 6 July 2020 6:23 PM
To: FOI ABC <[ABC request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - ABC news reports COVID stress &
disruption are comparable to living through a war. Please provide the
evidence to support this claim

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

ABC reporters Sarah Curnow and Ben Knight from ABC investigation and ABC
Victoria state that:

"Experts compare the disruption and stress of the coronavirus pandemic to
living through a war, or the Great Depression, but this is a crisis on a
scale most of their parents, and even their grandparents, never had to
face."

Please provide a copy of:

- the documents and/or correspondence from which the alleged experts made
this claim as stated by ABC,

- the documents in which ABC investigated the validity or truth of the
alleged experts claim.

Yours faithfully,

Jaay-H

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