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  1. This morning the AFR ran a story that said this –

    Australia avoided using herd immunity as a strategy to defeat COVID-19 but now Sweden is about to show it is achievable through exercising moderate restraints.

    While Sweden’s lighter limitations on its economy could allow it to rebound more quickly than other countries, the success appears to have come at a high cost

    The high cost of Sweden’s herd immunity strategy
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/the-high-cost-of-sweden-s-herd-immunity-strategy-20200422-p54mbd

    What “success”???

    That idiotic strategy has been demolished today. Sweden has suffered 172 fatalities and seen 682 new cases diagnosed in just today.
    https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-sweden-deadliest-day-185-fatalities-but-pubs-are-still-open/798d70ee-3e03-48ff-baff-957597004e99

    I suppose that’s an improvement on yesterday when 182 deaths occurred.
    https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/global/coronavirus-sweden-suffers-185-deaths-in-one-day/news-story/c9b51b76512a6962d15ee5777de2ab42

    But hey! The pubs are still open!

    So next time some daft journalist tries to tell you Sweden is doing so well with their strategy and asks why is Australia still imposing restrictions feel free to laugh in their face.

  2. This is for all those people – especially the journalists – who have been saying the government will not go back to the lousy JobSeeker payments they were refusing to increase pre-virus.

    That was always the intention. Don’t forget the CrimeMinister did not want to give those already on JobSeeker any extra money, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to give it to everyone out of work. He had his stony, shrivelled heart set on creating a two-tier system of undeserving poor getting a pittance and the deserving newly unemployed due to the virus getting much, much more.

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/later-government-relents-on-newstart-concedes-recession-likely-20200319-p54blv

  3. 😆 Pigs arse.
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    GLOBAL CRISIS
    ‘Sadness’ and Disbelief From a World Missing American Leadership

  4. Time for families to sue Stuart Robert?

    Centrelink worker tests positive to coronavirus two weeks after concerns raised with Stuart Robert
    NSW Health is testing five close contacts of the staff member at the Tuggerah call centre

    But it has emerged that the federal member for Dobell, Emma McBride, wrote to Robert on 6 April to raise concerns and seek assurances about the working conditions at the Tuggerah call centre.

    In the letter – seen by Guardian Australia – the Labor MP told Robert she was concerned about reports “that some 200 people have been working in the call centre without appropriate arrangements in place to maintain the safety of workers through social distancing and other infection control measures”.

    “I am also concerned by reports that workers have been told that they are unable to work from home due to a shortage of secure laptop computers,” she wrote, while seeking a “prompt reply regarding these important matters”.

    On 16 April McBride’s staff contacted Robert’s office for a progress check and received confirmation that the letter had been received, McBride said.

    Then, on 18 April, NSW Health began contacting staff members to inform them that someone at the centre had tested positive to Covid-19, before announcing the news on Monday 20 April

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/23/centrelink-worker-tests-positive-to-coronavirus-two-weeks-after-concerns-raised-with-stuart-robert

    Sounds like Robert ignored the letter because it was from a Labor MP. That’s the sort of petty, spiteful behaviour we get from this government.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Waleed Aly says we should look at the US and the UK and be glad we’re not like them. This is a really good read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/look-at-the-us-and-the-uk-and-be-glad-we-re-not-like-them-20200423-p54mi2.html
    John Warhurst has an interesting contribution on Australia’s success in the coronavirus fight and he points out several areas requiring improvement.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6730816/outstanding-interim-outcome-but-still-room-for-improvement/?cs=14258
    Desperate small businesses are being pushed to the edge of collapse as they try to cover monthly wage bills that have in some cases doubled as up to 1.7 million workers get a pay rise under the JobKeeper program. The federal government, under pressure from small businesses who have struck problems with the $130 billion scheme, has worked with the nation’s banks to create hotlines so firms can quickly access loans to cover their staff salaries.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/jobkeeper-wage-system-pushing-small-businesses-to-the-edge-20200422-p54m62.html
    The SMH editorial says that if we keep our cool, Australia can emerge in a few months with the disease under control.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/covid-19-is-on-the-ropes-but-it-could-still-fight-back-20200423-p54moy.html
    Professor of Workplace Law at RMIT University, Anthony Forsyth, points out that in some cases, stand downs may not have met the requirements of the Fair Work Act and that employees cannot be usefully employed because of a stoppage of work for which the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/know-your-rights-and-stand-up-to-unjustified-staff-stand-downs-20200422-p54m7o.html
    Phil Coorey tells us that key Senate crossbench parties say they are prepared to negotiate in good faith on tax and industrial relations reforms, saying all policy options must be on the table given the scale of the economic emergency the nation faces.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/crossbench-open-to-crisis-growth-plan-20200422-p54mc3
    And he writes that the spirit of political co-operation that has been the hallmark of state and federal government emergency response to the crisis has begun to fray with parties retreating to familiar ideological lines in preparation for the debate ahead.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/team-australia-rests-on-a-still-fragile-trust-20200422-p54mc2
    The Morrison government is able to claim credit on managing the health crisis, but managing the economic crisis is only becoming harder says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/banks-get-hurry-up-as-businesses-cling-on-20200423-p54mol
    David Crowe, baes on the opinion of some experts, says there are no options without risk, but the priority should be to return children to their classrooms and end the inferior education of the computer screen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/schools-should-be-allowed-to-reopen-soon-but-with-a-caveat-20200423-p54mo1.html
    With the coronavirus curve flattened, Scott Morrison is now hunting for steroids to drive up the curve of Australia’s national productivity writes Michelle Grattan who thinks Morrison’s October budget will be a “doozy”.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-if-scott-morrison-is-true-to-his-word-octobers-budget-could-be-a-doozy-137082
    While President Trump is being excoriated for his disastrous handling of the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., the British media has largely let Boris Johnson off the hook writes Steve Bishop.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/boris-johnson-escapes-criticism-while-uk-pandemic-deaths-soar,13817
    Max Koslowsi reports that new laws will be passed to cover privacy fears about the coronavirus tracing app after experts and the opposition raised concerns police could get access to the data.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-laws-to-cover-coronavirus-app-after-fears-police-could-access-data-20200423-p54mmr.html
    The Conversation defends the ABS over the attack launched by Terry McCrann in The Australian.
    https://theconversation.com/the-attacks-are-misguided-in-a-time-of-crisis-the-bureau-of-statistics-is-serving-us-well-136958
    All states and territories will be back into school teaching periods next week, with mounting pressure to have all schools open to free up parents to return to work. However, as Dr Martin Hirst reports, teachers’ unions are still questioning just how safe it is for schools to be open.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/returning-to-schools-is-a-question-of-safety,13823
    David Crowe says that Scott Morrison is ready to hear ideas for economic reform but is a long way away from choosing the path ahead. You can bet the IPA and other usuals will be lining up to “assist”!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/get-rid-of-old-stale-ideas-prime-minister-wants-a-new-way-out-of-the-covid-19-crisis-for-australia-20200423-p54mg3.html
    John Elder reports that pp to eight out of 10 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have no symptoms, according to a small Chinese study published in the British Medical Journal.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2020/04/23/coronavirus-no-symptoms-rate/
    The AFR tells us how some of Australia’s most senior company directors have poured cold water on predictions of a sharp post-virus rebound for the economy.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/leaders/brace-for-a-slow-and-painful-recovery-20200420-p54lgh
    Business activity has collapsed to a record low – thanks to wide-ranging shutdowns and government restrictions – prompting economists to highlight the importance of re-skilling the workforce write Euan Black.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/04/23/business-activity-record-low/
    The spivs are still busy! A disqualified building certifier unwittingly had his credentials used to justify the opening of the Marsden Hotel in Burwood.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/deluxe-hotel-s-vital-documents-forged-court-finds-20200421-p54lul.html
    Somehow, Scott Morrison has managed to exploit the current crisis so that he is now being presented as a sage leader, a statesman, even – most disturbingly – the father of our nation. But Michelle Pini outlines nine reasons why Scott Morrison isn’t our Big Daddy.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/9-reasons-why-scott-morrison-isnt-our-big-daddy,13824
    The irony of the government’s focus on its union-busting Ensuring Integrity Bill has been highlighted yet again by the devious dealings of another Ministerial adviser – this time in the Prime Minister’s Office. Senior Adviser to the PM, Nico Louw, thought it would be a great idea to send a pirated version of Malcolm Turnbull’s book to all and sundry before its release. That is theft writes Kaye Lee.
    https://theaimn.com/the-unaccountable-ministers-advisers/#comment-845146
    The coronavirus pandemic and the collapse in oil prices it has caused have created a monstrous calamity for countries heavily reliant on oil production for their economic survival and forced others to change policies that no longer make economic sense.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/oil-collapse-linked-to-coronavirus-topples-nations-political-plans-20200423-p54mj2.html
    Remdesivir, a drug thought to be one of the best prospects for treating Covid-19, failed to have any effect in the first full trial.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/23/high-hopes-drug-for-covid-19-treatment-failed-in-full-trial
    Daniel Hurst reports that the government services minister, Stuart Robert, was warned of concerns about workers’ safety at a Services Australia call centre nearly two weeks before a staff member tested positive to Covid-19. More nice work from that shocker!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/23/centrelink-worker-tests-positive-to-coronavirus-two-weeks-after-concerns-raised-with-stuart-robert
    The Tax Office has blocked large volumes of calls this week, but answered others in “record-breaking” numbers, as staff work overtime responding to questions about federal government stimulus measures.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6732460/tax-office-blocks-calls-following-record-breaking-numbers/?cs=14350
    How Singapore fell from its position as the poster child for coronavirus recovery.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/04/23/singapore-coronavirus-second-wave/
    Ben Smee reports that carbon emissions from a new coal-fired power station at Collinsville in north Queensland would be comparable to generators built in the state 15 to 20 years ago, according to sources familiar with the proponent’s submissions to the federal government.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/23/proposed-queensland-coal-fired-power-plant-collinsville-emissions-financing
    Carl Ungerer writes that it is time to drag national security strategy into the 21st century.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/time-to-drag-national-security-strategy-into-the-21st-century-20200423-p54mkd
    Last month, an announcement by Iran’s news agencies’ on the successful treatment of COVID-19 patients appears to have slipped beneath the radar. Unusually, contrary to customary reporting, the names of the drugs and the treatment were withheld. Has Iran found a cure for COVID-19? Dr James Freeman investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/iran-reports-success-with-repurposing-hep-c-drugs-for-covid-19/
    Bob Carr examines Trump’s clown shows and his motives.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-trump-the-bonaparte-or-our-times-is-likely-to-reign-for-another-four-years-20200422-p54m4w.html
    Brigid Delaney wonders if, after the pandemic there is anything good that will come out of our isolation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/24/after-the-pandemic-is-there-anything-good-that-will-come-out-of-our-isolation
    Radio Rentals will permanently shut all of its shops across Australia and make about 300 staff redundant, as the appliance and electronics lender becomes the first major retail casualty of the coronavirus-fuelled downturn.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/04/23/radio-rentals-coronavirus/
    $3.8 billion is set to be withdrawn from the superannuation industry in the first week since the government’s early access to super scheme opened.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/456-000-australians-approved-to-access-superannuation-early-20200423-p54mm9.html
    The Covid-19 crisis creates a chance to reset economies on a sustainable footing writes New Zealand’s environment minister James Shaw.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/apr/23/covid-19-crisis-reset-economies-sustainable-footing
    Elizabeth Knight writes that the prospect of a 50% revenue slump at Seven will alarm investors.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/prospect-of-50pc-revenue-slump-at-seven-will-alarm-investors-20200423-p54moa.html
    Van Badham confers the 2020 awards to the very worst people of coronavirus. Good for a laugh.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/23/here-are-the-2020-awards-for-the-very-worst-people-of-coronavirus
    Richard Vincent, chief executive of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, says he is not afraid to close its Priceline Pharmacies if deals on rent relief can’t be reached with landlords.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/well-shut-priceline-pharmacies-if-rent-too-high-api-boss-warns/news-story/3507a15f2fece7415d1acd7dd8e71d51
    Bevan Shields says that UK Labour leader Keir Starmer has demonstrated the kind of political instinct and emotional intelligence Jeremy Corbyn had zero capacity to achieve.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/britain-has-a-credible-opposition-again-and-just-in-time-too-20200423-p54mdk.html
    “Arsehole of the Week” – without question!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/mortgage-broker-who-allegedly-left-scene-of-horror-crash-posted-porsche-racing-videos-online-20200423-p54mmn.html

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  6. Post plague I think this business owner will have the most loyal staff in the world.
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    One in a million boss’: Beauty salon owner picks up night job to save employees’ jobs

    ………..the staff were in awe of the sacrifice Ward was marking.

    “It’s honestly incredible – none of us girls have the words to be able to say thank you and to appreciate what she’s doing for us to be able to keep our jobs and keep our families with a roof over their heads and food on their plate.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12327175

  7. Why are the drugs being hailed as possible cures for COVID-19 all so toxic?

    Chloroquine is more likely to kill you than help you if you take it for the illnesses it can treat – lupus, other auto-immune diseases and malaria.

    The latest – Remdesivir – is also potentially toxic.

    The Guardian says this –

    The report added: “Remdesivir was stopped early in 18 (11.6%) patients because of adverse effects, compared with 4 (5.1%) in the control group.” There were no details in the short report of the side effects that caused the trial to be halted

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/23/high-hopes-drug-for-covid-19-treatment-failed-in-full-trial

    The side effects are known. This article was written just over a week ago, before any trials using it for COVID-19 had been completed. Just as well it looks like it won’t work.

    Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum antiviral originally developed to treat Ebola, but was ineffective. In preclinical work conducted at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University before the pandemic, it had shown promise against a wide range of viruses, including coronaviruses. In Ebola it had been found to be safe but ineffective. But the data acquired in those trials helped move it to more advanced trials in COVID-19.

    That being said, about 25% of patients receiving it have severe side effects, including multiple-organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock, acute kidney injury and low blood pressure. Another 23% demonstrated evidence of liver damage on lab tests

    https://www.biospace.com/article/data-from-gilead-s-compassionate-use-of-remdesivir-for-covid-19-looks-promising/

    • It is just about impossible to treat a viral infection, it seems. All they can do is keep you going until hopefully your body fights it off, like the flu. Vaccines are hard to find too. We need heaps more research into virus and viral infections. That is something the CSIRO is really good…..oh.

    • I’m suffering from ‘viral overload’ 🙂 For me though life has carried on pretty much as usual. Still shouting TGIF on Friday. Although my zeal and productivity at work has definitely taken a dive, not that I am Robinson Crusoe on that point here 🙂 My only whinge being that I should have been flying to Darwin in about 2 weeks for a holiday. Catching up with people and places up there is a real joy for me 😦 Definitely a First World Problem 😆

    • Nope.

      For me life goes on as normal. I don’t go out much. I miss going out for lunch or dinner with friends and going to the movies but apart from that everything is just carrying on as normal.

      I’d make an excellent hermit. I’ve always been happy with my own company, hate noisy, crowded places, never go to pubs or clubs (loathe the whole “club” thing) and have more than enough to do at home.

      I’m never bored either.

      I’m finding all the whinging about staying home quite funny because it’s pretty much my preferred life.

  8. And then, after stifling the giggles, the CMO remembers he’s involved with a government that takes instructions from Trump……

    What next? Spraying Glen 20 down your throat to sanitise your lungs?

  9. This should kill the CrimeMinister’s dodgy tracing app stone dead.

    Australia’s coronavirus tracing app’s data storage contract goes offshore to Amazon

    Bureaucrats inside the Government’s Digital Transformation Agency voiced concerns about the awarding of the contract to an overseas provider when several wholly Australian-owned cloud storage services had been security vetted for precisely such high-level contracts.

    The ABC has also confirmed the tender was a limited, invitation-only opportunity initially run by the Department of Home Affairs, which is principally responsible for border protection and national security.

    Issuing the contract to Amazon may also mean the Australian data is obtainable by US law enforcement under a 2018 law that allows them to obtain information held by US-registered data companies no matter where in the world that information is held.
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    ABC News can also reveal the Government has plans to store the decryption keys for the data in the same cloud as the data itself — a practice frowned upon within the industry for such a sensitive cache of public information.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-24/amazon-to-provide-cloud-services-for-coronavirus-tracing-app/12176682

    • Lazy, technically incompetent fools
      Decision makers not across the detail of which companies have been vetted for storing sensitive data
      Not prepared to help accredited Australian companies
      Falling for the oldest trick in the hackers book, storing the decryption keys with the data

      I have downloaded the government Covid app, looked at it and deleted it

  10. Well, I signed up for NBN again today. Not very promising as the sales line to the Philipines kept dropping.

    I had signed with Telstra last year but they mucked me around and then I couldn’t communicate with their call center in India. I sobbed that I couldn’t deal with a company I couldn’t understand.
    You know what the problem is – the call centres use the cheapest technology available and it doesn’t work. Quite frankly, poor telecoms is not an advertisement for a telephone company

    I have been lectured by the Booking.com call centre in South Africa and their line was very clear

    • I’m with TPG, kept them when I changed to the NBN. Their call centre is overseas but very good and very helpful.

      I didn’t bother with Telstra, they were too expensive compared to others.

      My son recommends Aussie Broadband, I might give them a go when my contract with TPG is up.

  11. From NY the Antipodean numbers would look “to die for”.
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    Australia and New Zealand, whose leaders are political opposites, are quietly beating the virus.

    Thousands of miles from President Trump’s combative news briefings, a conservative leader in Australia and a progressive prime minister in New Zealand are steadily guiding their countries toward a rapid suppression of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Australia reported its first case on Jan. 25, New Zealand on Feb. 28. But compared with Mr. Trump and leaders in Europe, Prime Ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand responded with more alacrity and with starker warnings.

    ……………………………………And yet, if there are any two countries that could pull off a clear if hermetically sealed victory — offering a model of recovery that elevates competence over ego and restores some confidence in democratic government — it may be these two Pacific neighbors with their sparsely populated islands and history of pragmatism.

  12. Tell him he’s dreaming.

    The CrimeMinister has ordered us all to stand at the bottom of our driveways at dawn tomorrow.

    Other than that, I will see everyone tomorrow morning at 5:30. I will be at the national War Memorial. Everyone else will be at home.

    At 6:00 I look forward to the entire nation, on their driveways, lighting up the dawn, remembering our heroes and drawing inspiration from them for the task and challenge we currently face. Thank you very much

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/apr/24/australia-coronavirus-latest-updates-nsw-victoria-queensland-covid-19-testing-scott-morrison-latest-news

    What a load of tosh.

    How will he see us? Mass drone flights broadcasting back to Canberra? Surveillance goons reporting all empty driveways to him? Neighbours dobbing?

    I have no intention of getting up in the dark, dragging myself to the end of the driveway and standing there like a dork waiting for dawn. I really don’t think any of my neighbours will be doing that either.

  13. Morrison can fvck off. I will honour ANZAC Day in my own way. I have a relative of my Grandmother lost in the fields of France somewhere, his name on a wall over there. He was 25, unmarried, died in 1916 less than six months after he left Australia.

    I usually have a British Sailors drink (rum) as my Arthur was in the British Navy as a salute, watch some historic vids on Youtube and read up some more on Aboriginal soldiers who served. I will be contemplating the original and real reason for ANZAC day: The frightful, useless, obscene waste of life in war.

    There is no fvcking way I am going to involve that goon Morrison in anything to do with my ANZAC commemorations. To do so would be to disrespect my great Uncle and the rest of the service-people, civilians, women and kids, animals and wildlife harmed by stupid wars.

    How dare he, the creep!

  14. The latest IGA recipes email included “Easy Peasy Basic Flapjacks”:
    Butter, brown sugar, golden syrup, rolled oats.

    Hmm… Sounds familiar, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. (Needs flour.)

    • I have a friend who makes the most delicious ANZACs, they are really flat (and probably do not contain flour)

      Thanks

  15. You just can’t reason with stupid people.

    Not paywalled-

    Sydney beaches closed again as NSW COVID-19 death toll rises

    A swimmer who flouted social distancing rules has complained about his civil liberties being taken away after beaches in Sydney’s eastern suburbs closed at lunchtime today.

    Only five days after being reopened from a month-long closure, lifeguards and police were forced to close fences and move people off Coogee, Clovelly and Maroubra beaches

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coronavirus/threat-to-close-beaches-again-as-nsw-covid19-death-toll-rises/news-story/762a3d819a70c31519ffae6d7e4e9c87

  16. Email from AusPost: “Important safety and delivery updates”

    Shorter AusPost: We’re charging the same for even less service.
    (I’m not sure that’s a thing without breaking the laws of physics.)

  17. The plague striking your nation. Quick call a Labradoodle breeder. You know it makes sense 😆
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    Not a Joke: The Trump Admin Hired a Dog Breeder to Run Its Coronavirus Task Force.

    Don’t worry, Brian Harrison also has virtually no public health experience……………he spent six years running a company called Dallas Labradoodles,
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/brian-harrison-dog-breeder-coronavirus

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