He didn’t wear a face mask on public transport and so he bit the police officer. He bit the police officer... with his mouth. He bit the police officer with his mouth several times and in several places.
You don't expect this, do you? An afternoon down at the local pool ending in tragedy. In the midst of concerns about infections and local transmissions, are we missing the real risk and threat to life and wellbeing (ie, in the pool and on the roads)?
By now, everyone should know that they have to wear a face mask when they go to the shops. So do you think they intentionally went without a mask to look for trouble or to make a point? Why else would anyone one want to blatantly not comply (especially when presumably everyone else was)? They could have just stayed at home and be mask-less there in peace. Now they get to tell their story to the magistrate.
Misinformation (especially intentional and reckless rather than mistaken) is really sinister - why do people engage in it or celebrate someone else's misfortunate or demise caused by it? When it comes to important health and wellbeing related matters like the coronavirus and vaccines, misinformation has killed people. Yes, people have died because they've followed what they've read online by people who have intentionally mislead them or provided information in bad faith.
But is it available? This is the biggest problem with Aldi's Special Buys - if you read the comments and feedback on social media, people aren't happy. The sales frenzy quickly turns to disappointment when shoppers realise that there's limited or no stock available in stores. Is this still good marketing or just baiting?
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At least it's an acknowledgement that despite quarantine, keeping the borders open (even with restrictions) means the virus still gets in. In other words, it can't be stopped without extreme measures.
Considering Sydney hasn't imposed a true lockdown (like in Melbourne and more recently Brisbane) or stopped international travellers, suggests that the benefits of not doing do continue to outweigh the risks (so far).
Is it right to say or assume that people who are unemployed or otherwise unengaged (and potentially receiving government benefits) are just lazing around and watching Netflix at home? If not, then why are some areas and industries experiencing shortage of labour?
Would reducing Jobseeker motivate people to take more responsibility for themselves?
Someone was stabbed over a fight about wearing face masks? For now, let's not get into a debate about whether the public health order is right or wrong. If businesses comply, then they can make face masks a condition of entry. If people refuse to, then they shouldn't enter or be allowed to enter. It's quite simple - no need to fight, no need for violence (especially not stabbing someone).
Are there genuine security or national interest concerns? It's a really important question to answer as it ensures that we're not overly drawn into geopolitical tussles and that our economy isn't unduly affected by some attempt to will political points. Of course whenever the media reports on these kinds of stories, the mere mention of 'China' or 'the Chinese' often triggers something in the Australian psyche...
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Prefer the AstraZeneca vaccine over Pfizer vaccine? At the moment, it all sounds a little rushed doesn't it? Of course the world has been waiting a long time for a solution (any solution) to the pandemic, but is it worth taking the risk?
Did you know the traffic conditions around Parramatta have changed (largely due to roadworks for the light rail)? It’s been like this for some time now.
There is no right turn from Smith Street into George Street (and in fact that hasn’t changed since George Street used to be one way anyway). Unfortunately for this person turning right in front of the highway patrol probably didn’t help either. Police lights quickly followed. Oh well...
This just sounds like a new reality. From over 200,000 in February 2019 to 21,000 in February 2020 due to pandemic border closures - presumably this year will be very similar as well. While it affects the economy, it just means some businesses that used to rely on the influx of Chinese tourists during this time will need to re-focus their efforts elsewhere (if they haven't done so already).
So an update if you've been following this story. The McDonalds tantrum guy been arrested and charged with destroying or damaging property, using offensive language in a public place and not complying with a COVID-19 health order. He's due to appear in Blacktown Local Court on 1 February 2021.
Why do some people think he's not entitled to a holiday?
The nation of Australia, the government (all levels), the economy... people's lives - all still continue (for better or for worse) whether the prime minister whoever he or she is (or whether they're in the process of being replaced) is on holidays or not. Give the guy a break. No?
Are we really that important on a global scale? With some of the media reports of the geopolitical banter between Australia and China, we make it sound like we're significant - but the reality is that we barely register. We think we can make a difference by talking big, but no. We just need to be ready and prepared for the fallout.
Do news and media outlets already receive a benefit (a sufficient benefit) from having their content displayed and/or shared across other websites and platforms like Google and Facebook? Or should they be entitled to a monetary benefit paid by the platform? If Google or Facebook have to pay for content, do you expect to pay Google and Facebook to access that content as well?
Brisbane in lockdown. How do you think such measures would be received in Sydney?
As we've seen in New Zealand, and more recently in Melbourne, the complete lockdown is extreme but also shown to be effective in stopping the spread of the virus. Do we need something like that in Sydney? If so, should we be doing it now or wait until there are more outbreaks and hotspots?
Is the only effective solution to close our borders? We'll admit, we've been a strong advocate for border closures to minimise Australia's risk of infection from the rest of the world. History has shown that quarantine has it's own challenges and isn't perfect in preventing the spread of infection into the local community.
Well, we can't say we're saddened or disappointed by this development. We've been advocating for a strong stance on face masks for many months.
As history has already shown us, the problem with taking half measures is that it doesn't address the lingering danger or threat of infection. It's been dragged out for some 6-9 months and we've all experienced the slow strangulation to both society and the economy.
Stronger and more absolute measures (like mandatory face masks and more stringent quarantine) are needed. At least it's a more proactive approach to try to finally put this pandemic behind us. If we don't, we'll just continue to experience a resurgence of various clusters every few weeks/months followed by authorities taking reactive measures - but it's already too late.
Perhaps we'll never fully rid ourselves of the coronavirus (in its various mutations), so be it. We just have to come to terms with that. But at least we must move past the immediate fear and paralysis in order to return to some normality or discover a new normal.
With the beginning of 2021, we're hopeful that authorities will continue this position and make the hard decisions that will hopefully help us enjoy the new year with a new beginning.
If you're planning on celebrating the new year out and about, are you also prepared for things to get worse before they get better?
Sadly, the consequence of new year eve celebrations will probably be one of the highlight stories reported on in the media during the first few weeks of 2021.
We've been through this cycle a few times already, and while Australia hasn't had to deal with the serious consequences of the pandemic (except maybe Victorians), why can't we learn from what other countries are going through or just what happened in Melbourne?
So before you head out for festivities, are you nominating yourself to be a superspreader?
How are you going to be celebrating this New Year's Eve with everything that's going on?
Flashback to last NYE 2019, China had already experienced reported cases of the coronavirus, but it wasn't until 31 December 2019 (this time last year) that it was reported to the World Health Organisation (and only confirmed in January 2020).
One year later and it's still here - with a possible resurgence in Sydney.
Do you think there should be new year celebrations or not? Authorities continue to 'ask' people to observe social distancing, but is that effective? Experience would suggest no, especially with the crowded beaches over the last few days.
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This is an issue all year round but holiday season (when families are together) seems to not always bring out the best in people. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please report it immediately.
Compensation for unlawful detention? What do you expect the captain of a ship to do in these circumstances? Initial detention was justified but continued detention was unreasonable, especially after the investigation cast doubt on the allegations. What would you have done if you're the captain or you're the detainee?
Masks or no masks. Have you noticed how the media influences public behaviour? When reported cases are up, more people wear masks in public. When reported cases are down, the masks disappear. Does this really mean we're just being reactive rather than proactive (ie, by the time we wear masks it's actually too late)?
No they are evidence of a system that is going above and beyond to catch any tiny traces. Our numbers are really low and the nsw government have done a wonderful job.
There are always room to improve which we have now done with diplomats and airline staff. But considering NSW has done the lions share of hotel quarantine for other states we have done a fantastic job to create where we are with a recovering economy and low numbers. My heart goes out to the northern beaches people who have additional restrictions and to those including my own family who can’t see loved ones due to border closures.
Have you considered whether a fixed home loan was better than a variable home loan? It might not be the best time to do anything about it now, but maybe it's something to consider over the Christmas and New Year period.
Why do you think the government is withholding the results of the investigation? If the report vindicates Ms Holgate, shouldn't she be entitled to have her name cleared after the Government and the media spent weeks trashing her name and her actions?
Unless we're mistaken, Australia Post is a 'self-funded government business enterprise'. Yes, it's owned by the Australian Government, but it doesn't receive or rely on taxpayer funds...
So why do you think media outlets keep eluding (or in this case, actually stating) that incentives were taxpayer funded?
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