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People are travelling or going to work while sick - and it's not just feeling 'a little under the weather', these people are showing signs and symptoms of coronavirus (or have already been tested positive!). While it's been shown that people could be infected with no signs and symptoms and be spreading the virus without knowing it, what do you say to those who knowingly spread it?
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Is that a worry? Spending quarantine in Victoria (is it because he's flown in from overseas?) but returns to Sydney and tests positive... does this mean the quarantine periods should be longer than 14 days or he contracted something while in quarantine?
Woooh, it gets tougher. Of course, it's going to affect many people and businesses - but it seems to be the necessary course of action. Will be interesting to see how this plays out at some of the border 'twin' towns.
Australia's vulnerability came from its points of entry (like, but not just, the Ruby Princess). It takes a major spike in infections to force Melbourne to close its international airport and divert flights to other major airports in other states. But why? Are they concerned about further infections flying into Melbourne? If so, what does it mean for those flights diverted else where?
South Australia was doing alright until recently when returning Australian citizens and permanent residents brought it with them - hopefully their quarantine measures are stringent enough to prevent it from spreading. But the reality is that now this story is going to be repeated across the country in each state, except Victoria - unless everyone else also closes their state borders and other points of entry.
We've been talking about this for a while - the reckoning for Australian retailers. So far, Amazon's presence in Australia has been relatively low key but this investment into infrastructure is a sign of things to come. If Australian retailers weren't already disrupted by the coronavirus and forced out of business or to change their business models, Amazon is guaranteed to be the disrupted as they take it to the next level. It's going to be real interesting to watch this space.
This issue isn't going to go away. Employers and (some) employees just have a different mindset when it comes to work/productivity, return/remuneration, and incentive/motivation. There are some people who choose to stay at home because they can (and still get paid) and those who still go to work because they want to (even if they don't get paid). Who is who?
Should NSW be closing its borders rather than just the Premier 'urging' Victorians not to visit NSW?
Quarantine should be a lot easier to manage than community transmission - especially now that restrictions are being eased, otherwise once it starts spreading, the only way to address it would be to reimpose restrictions.
How much are you willing to give up in terms of your privacy to enjoy the convenience and benefit of apps on your phone? Do you read the terms and conditions, or end-user licences attached to the apps when you download, activate, or sign into them?
Was there even a first wave? There was threat of infection and community transmission, but in reality it didn't really take place, at least not in the way we expected. We saw what was happening overseas and had prepared ourselves for what thankfully didn't eventuate - until now.
The growing number of community transmissions is a concern and that's the wave that needs to be prevented.
While there are spikes and clusters in Melbourne, does the silence around Sydney suggest something more troubling? The odd infection and school closure here and there doesn't happen by itself so you can't say that no news is good news.
The real 'failure' is that the COVIDSafe app wasn't made mandatory for those who weren't isolating or at least allow businesses to make it a condition of entry.
We use the COVIDSafe app and we let our clients know this when they visit us. But if they're not using the app as well, then contact tracing isn't going to be as effective. Of course, we'll still know who to contact if we need to, but it wouldn't be through the app if they hadn't downloaded or activated it during their visit.
Can you blame Kmart for importing goods from China? So many products, not just products sold by Kmart, are manufactured in China simply due to economics. But that model is under scrutiny now. It may be cheaper, but that's little help when the supply chain no longer exists or is substantially restricted. By necessity, there will eventually (if not already) be more focus on local production and manufacturing.
Do people - especially parents - really need to be warned about these things? Sadly, yes. Despite the warnings, people will still travel, and they will travel interstate, and they will travel to Victoria too (despite it being a hotspot).
Authorities have already tried to enforce restrictions and while you could say it was largely successful or at least the majority of the population were compliant, there are always those who disregard warnings, the directions and 'common sense'.
Does it seem a little unfair that the restrictions and social distancing have been inconsistently applied or enforced - especially when these protests and mass rallies went ahead regardless of whether they were lawful or not?
But do you isolate or social distance because you're told to or because it's important to do so?
Here we go again. Just when things were 'sorta' going back to normal. You would assume that having experienced the last round of panic buying, people would have - with the benefit of hindsight - realised how irrational this behaviour was and know better for 'next time'. Apparently not.
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Are there fewer cases or fewer cases being reported or disclosed? Not being alarmist or a conspiracy theorist, but there have been reported cases in NSW (some which have even closed schools), but presumably these cases don't happen in isolation. People catch it from others and they potentially pass it on to others. If contact tracing fails or is 'unclear', as it has been in a few cases, then the extent of the infection is really unknown. There's concern that there may be clusters, but we don't really know. A sudden spike of cases, like in Victoria may be a good thing if means the infections are being recorded, reported and traced. No cases in NSW, or in other states, may be a bad thing if it's because we just don't really know the true extent of the infection.
Are lawyers some of the highest paid graduates? This is a common misconception that needs to be addressed because it confuses many law students who step through our doors.
Do lawyers get paid a lot? Maybe. It depends on what it means to be paid a lot. Do lawyers work long hours and deal with high pressure and stressful situations? Yes. So for what they're paid, is it a lot? That's when 'maybe' becomes 'maybe not'.
How about doctors? Doctors are at the top of highest paid graduates. But for hours/shifts they do, is it still considered high? What about the stress and burdens of their profession? Is it worth it?
And what students don't consider when they're planning their future is the financial, personal and opportunity cost of investing 5-10 years into tertiary and professional study. What's the return on investment and how does it compare to other investments?
Being highly educated, qualified, or in any of these 'highest paid' professions doesn't necessarily equate to or guarantee the returns (in all sense of the word, not just financial return) that many students expect.
'Job relevant' is such an interesting term - the reality is that things we formally study often have little direct relevance to what job we end up doing. Sometimes it's because by the time we finish a chosen course of study, the world has changed - or maybe we've changed. Also, developing curriculums and courses take time and this naturally lags behind developments within the industry or even the expansion of knowledge and experience.
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Saving heritage parks in the eastern suburbs, but potentially tearing down heritage buildings in the western suburbs. Have you heard about the plan to tear down heritage buildings in Parramatta to make way for the Powerhouse Museum?
What would you do if you're the app developer? Your client needs to launch urgently, you don't have time for extensive testing, but it needs to work across all platforms and potentially millions of people will rely on it for their health - and maybe their lives. Not an easy brief.
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Why wasn't this introduced earlier (and introduced across all states and points of entry)? There should have been no reason for the government (ie, tax payers) to pay for the costs of people coming to/visiting Australia or returning to Australia. It should have just been a condition of entry.
At at time when some people are concerned about foreign investment, the reality is that we need it. The real question is how we control foreign investment to ensure that whatever it is, it remains in Australia's best interest.
If the purpose of the HomeBuilder initiative was to stimulate the residential building and construction sector, then it could have / should have also been applied to benefit the social housing sector (and their residents) rather than less disadvantaged owner occupiers and first home buyers. Good point.
We're wearing face masks - in public and in the office during client appointments.
In some other countries, wearing face masks is mandatory. Aside from the legal obligation, it's also a matter of public and personal courtesy (ie, keep your germs to yourself). If you venture out without a mask, people will stare and for those countries that have imposed it, you could be fined. That doesn't exist in Australia, not even the public expectation. In the past, people would stare if you wore a mask. That's become less likely these days, but it's still far from the social norm.
The security protocol exists (ie, email a photo holding a sign with information) but was it even checked? What's your experience in dealing with some of these large social media companies? We know from our own experience, as well as hearing complaints from our clients, that there's still a lot to be desired when it comes to customer service. Even paid services for businesses, like advertising, has had very questionable results and despite raising concerns these companies do nothing to address the issues. Sadly for some people, like this influencer who relies on the income derived from the platforms, they're only avenue seems is to bring it to the attention of shows like A Current Affair.
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Such a sad state of affairs when people feel the need and the right/entitlement to do this to public property. If you consider the protests that have turned into looting and lawlessness in the US, is this very far from that? Frustration and anger taken out against public property is 'more justifiable' than if it was against private property?
So did you end up heading back to the gym today? The restrictions and gym closures forced people to reassess their health and exercises regimes. Did you notice the number of people running and cycling around the local parks and neighbourhoods skyrocket?
Despite being allowed to reopen, gyms must quickly find ways to remain relevant and valuable even with their current limitations. No doubt the value of gym membership is going to be tested and if they can't prove their worth, they may find their members permanently running and cycling in the park.
Although the statistics sound daunting (ie, 42-46% between the Australian and global average having cancelled or thinking of cancelling their membership) it also means opportunity for gyms who can make the most of the disruption.
Every time someone is infected with the coronavirus it becomes national news. Imagine if they did that every time someone caught a cold. Fortunately Australia's rate of infection and the death toll isn't like what other countries are dealing with. Do you think the media's attention has blown the whole risk/possibility out of proportion?
If the COVIDSafe app was mandatory, then they wouldn't need to record details. Personal details, especially contact information, is necessary for contact tracing whenever there's an infection or potential infection.
Of course the handling of that information open to risk, but that's what happens when it's dumped on businesses that aren't familiar with or whose core business isn't information handling. That's the whole point of the COVIDSafe app.
Some people naturally are going to complain - either complain that they have to provide information, or complain that they weren't contacted or warned of infections, or maybe complain about both. Somewhere along the line it seems our priorities have all been messed up.
The politics of tertiary education can be complicated - if you even acknowledge that it exists or that it can influence outcomes or has consequences. Some people can go through university without too much drama and others can't - as is the case here. As much as we represent clients in litigation, it's not something that we readily encourage as there are other ways to resolve issues, concerns and problems. By the time it ends up in court, there's really no relationship and from the perspective of being a student presumably with the goal of graduating, the question is whether this is really the best use of their time, money and energy (as well as others).
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Fast action is the key. Community transmission in Australia has been low - so low that it barely even registers when compared to other parts of the world. This doesn't mean that the virus has been eradicated, but it does mean that our health care system can now cope (provided there isn't some sort of anticipated 'wave' of infections). Right now there are under-utilised coronavirus-dedicated resources - in one sense, that's a good thing. It really just means that the community, while taking necessary precautions, should continue to return to a 'normal life' as much as that's possible. Otherwise, fast action to avoid potential community transmission whenever there's suspicion of infection is the best approach - and in the cases of schools, close them. Done.
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Government benefits are always vulnerable. There's been a bit of attention on childcare, especially during the pandemic, but these issues pre-date that going back to 2016 when the court originally found her guilty. Her sentence is due to finish in 2021.
Oh well, it was a mistake on a massive scale. It's interesting how bureaucracy works and how it could have been implemented - presumably without testing or consideration of the consequences. Given the kind of scenarios being reported on in the media, some of these outcomes would surely have been flagged during some kind of trial of the system. Also sucks to be whoever designed and implemented it...
Slowly but surely. Amazon hasn't taken off in Australia in the same way that it's taken over the rest of the world... but we think it's only a matter of time.
Australian retailers have been feeling the pinch for some time, and some haven't been able to survive, especially through the coronavirus pandemic. The time seems right for a more aggressive move into Australia by some of these global giants like Amazon (and perhaps Alibaba).
There was a break to 'business as usual' and it continues to disrupt supply chains. Not surprising that it's going to take a while before things return to normal. It should improve. Empty shelves shouldn't be a cause for concern. Not now anyway.
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There are two issues here. One is registration and the other is competency. Registration (including qualifications) generally implies competency, but that's also not always the case. Unfortunately, just because someone's qualified or registered doesn't mean they're competent. Also, just because someone isn't registered, it also doesn't mean they're incompetent either. For example, there are foreign qualified and experienced professionals who aren't registered or can't get their qualifications recognised in Australia despite being presumably competent.
This gentleman sounds neither registered/qualified nor competent - so what was the whole point? If he was trying to pass himself off as a dentist, wouldn't he at least attempt to be good at it or even create some fake degrees or registration records to complete the charade? Sounds like he didn't even try as though he was tired of his own lie.
We hang our certificates in the office just in case people ask. Oh, and they're real. Suits is just a tv show.
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