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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:13
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Just for information, does Australia/ NZ have a vaccination programme in place.? We can’t eliminate C19 in the long term, and vaccines seem the way out to a life of some normalcy worldwide.
Or is the idea to stay shut off from the rest of the World with a 0 infection C19 policy, as they fortunately have now.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:16
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Originally Posted by SOPS View Post
I think a push for change is coming. To move HQ out of the cities.
Tick tock tick tock more QF on the clock....... Howard Springs surely makes sense to ramp up! It is there, has 3000 beds, yes needs a shite load of logistics to get more staff ready. However to date it has shown it works. Arrivals from hotspots constantly. Iíve only been bleating on about this for 6 months.

Iíd put money on Wagnerís and Wellcamp to.

Now the real common sense one........ Cruise ships off shore......
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:20
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So DA hard kick down again only 4 reason to leave home! Australian Open better be canceled now as it does not fall into the 4 reasons
Daniel Andrews has declared the AO Stadium as a workplace and the Tennis Players and support staff are declared as ESSENTIAL WORKERS, which means the AO goes on sans spectators.

In his interview he also stated that discussion should be had to stop Australian citizens from overseas coming back to Australia.

Hardly surprising I suppose, Andrews has form for locking Victorians out of their home State, so I guess he is now simply ramping it up to stop Australians returning to Australia no matter what State they are from.

Thankfully he is only the Victorian Premier and his failing are confined to that State.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:40
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Thankfully he is only the Victorian Premier and his failing are confined to that State.
No...They're not. His failings can - and have - had nationwide ramifications. And that's a serious problem.

The WA border is supposed to reopen to NSW without restriction from 2359 Tuesday. That will not happen if a Mexican spreads so much as a sniffle in NSW. Look what happened last time, open for, what, a week? Then closed for another 2 months.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:50
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Not me, I partially decide who I like and trust based on whether they're a liar.
Jeez is there a politician out there who hasnít lied at one point in time? I bet everyone of them has told a veritable lie at least once.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:56
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OK, I'll tighten it up for you. A serial liar, one that has no qualms throwing all around him under the bus, one who lies about his part in 800 deaths. Granted, Gladys may have lied about 1 or 2 roots, but so have I, but neither of us are in the aforementioned league.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 09:13
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Originally Posted by KRviator View Post
I don't want 500 cases, however, as to why I would want to?

Maybe to keep Australia as one nation, rather than the 6 different micro-nations we have become. Maybe to give certainty to everyone from tourist operators to airlines to Joe Q Public and his dying father that 'ol Joe can get to his funeral. Maybe because I live in NSW and work in WA and would like to actually get paid at some point to keep my house - because I have not been to work for nearly a year, am not eligible for JobKeeper (employer turnover hasn't dropped enough) and am not eligible for any Centrelink benefits ("You're still employed, you haven't resigned nor been sacked".) Maybe because I don't consider it fair for NSW to have brought home tens of thousands more Australians than any other state with the risk of an HQ-breach that that entails - yet they are getting screwed over time and time again by Premiers who won't do their fair share. Maybe because I think people should themselves take responsibility for their healthcare & wellbeing instead of praising scumbags like McGowan "who kept us safe for so long". Or maybe it is because I firmly believe if you give a politician an inch, they'll take a mile. People endorsing the locking out of 30% of Australia's citizens over one case, whose source is known only reinforce such punitive measures remain acceptable for the smallest infraction of anything the CHO, Police Minister (in his role as EMO) or Premier might dream up in future, and I think that is wrong.

Take your pick of any of the above. If there is a genuine risk, fine. One case in 8.5 million people is not a genuine risk to a state that warrants a border closure, no matter how you try to show it is.
So wash your bloody hands, wear a mask and don't sneeze over people in the food court at the local shops. Take some responsibility for your own wellbeing instead of expecting Australia to bend over and take it up the asre "to keep you safe".
Hang in there mate.

Things will turn a corner, for the better, in about 18 days.

Just have to keep a lid on it till then.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 09:28
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Originally Posted by SOPS View Post
I think a push for change is coming. To move HQ out of the cities.
I think you may be right. I suspect this may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Dan Andrews' primary political concern now is how to get Vic out of lockdown and keep it out. He can't continue like this. There will be a revolt at some stage.

I'm forecasting Victoria's temporary ban on international arrivals may become more permanent. People stuck overseas are not his political problem, they're a federal problem and people are blaming the federal government for it. Banning any international arrivals will keep the virus out while simultaneously turning a state quarantine problem in to a federal one and, given the federal government is from the other camp, I think he'll be more than happy to do it at this point.

Other Labor premiers may follow suit. Watch this space I reckon.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 09:39
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Originally Posted by DirectAnywhere View Post
I think you may be right. I suspect this may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Dan Andrews' primary political concern now is how to get Vic out of lockdown and keep it out. He can't continue like this. There will be a revolt at some stage.

I'm forecasting Victoria's temporary ban on international arrivals may become more permanent. People stuck overseas are not his political problem, they're a federal problem and people are blaming the federal government for it. Banning any international arrivals will keep the virus out while simultaneously turning a state quarantine problem in to a federal one and, given the federal government is from the other camp, I think he'll be more than happy to do it at this point.

Other Labor premiers may follow suit. Watch this space I reckon.
I agree. Mark McGowan has been asking the Feds for months for the ability to use Christmas Island (and other places) for months. I can see him saying.. ok, we canít cope, only 200 ( insert a number) arrivals per week now.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 11:56
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Well whippedy doo, I think the only benefit of this outbreak is that the media are now seriously asking if hotel quarantine is safe. I donít care how many thousands or millions of people you process through hotel quarantine, the fact is that there are leaks pretty much every couple of weeks. How expensive will be the 5 day lockdown in VIC? How expensive was Perth, Brisbane and previous Mel lockdown? Iíll tell you how expensive, thousands more times expensive than if you had listened to the epidemiologists a year ago saying Hotel Quarantine is a Short term solution and built/ramped up facilities with remote cabins like Howard Springs/wellcamp etc. Sometimes I really doubt the health advice line the pollies make when this obvious one has been ignored. But I feel a change and I think the public wonít accept taking these infected Australians anymore unless they are dealt with appropriately. Get them out of hotels limit the numbers and put them only in Gold Standard facilities like Howard Springs.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 12:29
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Certainly a rush on Biz Jets from Avalon and Essendon in the last few hours for the well heeled looking to get out of the place.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 12:39
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put them only in Gold Standard facilities like Howard Springs.
You do realise that Howard Springs is a mere 30 minute drive from the Darwin CBD, a mere 12 mins drive from Palmerston City, and is situated within Howard Springs? Where do you think that the Quarantine workers come from...at a quick guess .... if not the Darwin CBD, most likely its suburbs and what the bet they frequent the Shops, Pubs etc where everyone else in Darwin goes.

Anyway, who would have thought life was fraught with such dangers, ...might cancel my Licences (Aviation, Car, Motorbike, and Jet-ski and sell my pushy and get rid of my jogging shoes...damn, almost forgot, my surfboard, body board and snorkelling equipment....plus...plus...plus.

Point is, yes manage the risk...and some Politicians seem to manage it better than others, and seem to have less need to hyperventilate or make populous statements when they get in front of a microphone or TV camera.

But, hey....at least I can sit back and watch the Australian Open Elite "Essential Workers" play tennis in the gazetted Work Place whilst locked up.

(Politcal spin ...just love it, makes my day when I see it)


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Old 12th Feb 2021, 13:02
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Originally Posted by SOPS View Post
I think a push for change is coming. To move HQ out of the cities.
However, according to the fantastic scientists and health scholars they have come to the conclusion that
city hotels, are very adequate a third lockdown was just a bad luck situation.
A 5 day lockdown is just the entree. It will take that amount of time to find a few more cases, and
then Mr Dan will offer the main course come Wednesday. It's like he got bored after 122 pressers last year
and he needs another dose.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 23:14
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Originally Posted by SOPS View Post
I agree. Mark McGowan has been asking the Feds for months for the ability to use Christmas Island (and other places) for months. I can see him saying.. ok, we canít cope, only 200 ( insert a number) arrivals per week now.
In agreeance here too,its probably time now that the federal govt takes the job of looking after australian citizens & puts a system in place that they control.
If scomo likes the NSW system which has worked very well,that is what he needs to use but whatever is decided the feds need to run it with their rules,their staff & no input from any state.
The guy who was using the neubiliser is claiming he told authorities he had it,maybe he did,maybe he didnt,we will never know.
Whatever the truth is & whoever we decide to blame the fact remains these outbreaks are crippling travel & the economy whilst the blame game continues & scomo stands by & watches without deciding anything.
There have been outbreaks from HQ in a few states now & it will happen again somewhere but there seems to be a united front unfolding from many states now saying the feds need to take notice,have a look at the comments from the qld act premier today..
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 00:24
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So, for everyone that thinks HQ should occur in remote areas where would you suggest? what township do you propose to dump these internationals? where do these internationals land? not including military QLD has a few airports that can handle it NSW maybe one, VIC has one other (Avalon) so point is there will always be double handling of infectious ppl in the transport from plane to donga. Then a bus might break down 200km from destination imagine that what a nightmare punters just had a 12hr flight and now 2hrs into a 4.5hr bus ride good luck controlling them.

Just say, if Sco Mo caves to this idea he ask each state and territory leader to nominate a regional area within their own state for this new quarantine facility, where do you think Dan will nominate? the mad man of the west wants to use another island FFS he doesn't even want them in his state. I would like to hear what the Toowoomba residents think of Pooches idea she even said she would want the workers to live there at this new camp hope she will pay 6 figures ill do it, but her election has cone and gone has yrs to get the ppl to like her again.

The issue here is Dan, he is the worst kind remember last year he said the buck stops with him he is ultimately responsible etc well he has not taken any responsibility and washed his hands clean but thinks he is in a position to have digs at other states well wake up Dan you need to call other states and get some advice on handling this.
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 00:25
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Go back a few months, the debate was suppression vs elimination.

Elimination was "unrealistic". Suppression was the way forward for our situation.

This is what suppression looks like.
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 00:35
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https://www.smh.com.au/national/vict...12-p5723f.html

Ah yes, The Gold Standard.
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 00:59
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The issue here is Dan, he is the worst kind remember last year he said the buck stops with him he is ultimately responsible etc well he has not taken any responsibility
Did anyone actually expect him to change?

And this to take the ďgold standardĒ award at the national HQ championships....

https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-fe...12-p571ze.html

If the average Victorian doesnít feel let down by their Government (again), they should.

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Old 13th Feb 2021, 02:03
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Green.Dot... indeed However the population in Australia has been terrified into submission. The polls say that Victorians think the sun shines out of Dan’s rear end. Queenslanders reflected the odious PM all because they felt she “saved” them from certain death. I’m guessing the Vics also feel a lifetime Debt of gratitude to Dan for saving them from a horrible certain death.

There is no light at the end of this tunnel.
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 02:11
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While Howard Springs is hardly remote, if it did escape into the community, the economic cost of shutting down what is really a fairly minor population centre would be far less for the national economy, and "only" impacting 150K ish people.

I think the real success of howard springs is the fact that its not a hotel - with risk of transmission is greatly reduced, with individual cabins with their own air con. The nebulizer incident would be far more unlikely in this setting.
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