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Dan Andrews broke his back – why is there such a frenzy of conspiracy around it? | Ariel Bogle

Mainstream validation of the conspiratorial thinking about the Victorian premier undermines public trust, even if it serves a political purpose

When Liberal MP Louise Staley issued a list of questions on Monday about a potential “cover up” of how Daniel Andrews hurt his back, the reaction was largely predictable – and a warning about the risks when politics and conspiracies combine.

Labor figures called it “gutter politics” on Twitter, accusing Staley of turning an accident into something sinister. Federal ministers weighed in, denying the list was a nod to “grassy-knoll conspiracy theories”, and the media gave it days of coverage. But in other corners of the internet, Staley’s list was mainstream recognition at last.

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