09.07.20. Sky News host Andrew Bolt says while the coronavirus is nasty, Victoria has had “10 times more people die of the flu just about every single flu season without anyone panicking or demanding lockdowns”. He said Victorians are being treated as the “lepers of the nation” right now amid a second outbreak of the deadly disease in the state. “New South Wales is so desperate to keep us out”. He said coronavirus measures need to be “smarter” and “more targeted” in the state. “Wouldn’t it make more sense to isolate the vulnerable, quarantine strictly the sick, with a policeman at the door if necessary, and not imprison the healthy”. “But going the Andrews government way, how can anyone afford that”. “How can anyone trust it?” Since the coronavirus began this year, deaths number 106! More
09.07.20. Now is the time to get rid of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and bring back someone who knows how to run the state responsibly, according to Sky News host Alan Jones. “If Victoria were a company, because of its bankruptcy, financially and intellectually it would be put into liquidation,” he said. “Call in administrators,” Mr Jones said. On Wednesday Premier Andrews confirmed 134 new coronavirus cases in Victoria in the past 24 hours, 75 of which are from public housing towers across Melbourne. It comes as Mr Andrews ordered everyone in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire back into stage three lockdowns, warning Victoria is on the “cusp of a second wave” of the killer coronavirus. “Are we seriously saying we are asking the mob who caused the problem to fix the problem.” “And now, as a result of alarming incompetence, a social and economic disaster is on our doorstep,” Mr Jones said. More
A global investigation into coronavirus is due to begin this weekend as a team from the World Health Organization heads to China on the next available flight. After Australia successfully lobbied for a review of coronavirus’s origins, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom announced a team including animal virus experts will head to China to work out the scope of the investigation. More
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the hotel quarantine bungle, which led to 60 COVID-19 cases among security contractors and their contacts, was the result of people who behaved in a “completely unacceptable way”. Mr Andrews said he would not “sit in judgment of himself” over the decision to allow private security firms to police isolation rules. More
Regional media has been dealt another blow, after regional newspaper publisher Australian Community Media announced it was considering closing four of its printing sites. In a statement, ACM said it was reviewing the operation of its sites in Ballarat in Victoria, Albury in NSW, Murray Bridge in South Australia, and Canberra. The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) told the ABC any closure would put at least 200 jobs in jeopardy. The AMWU said the majority of those jobs were at ACM’s Ballarat site, which employed at least 120 people. More
Popular video app TikTok is used by more than 1.6 million Australians including Premier Daniel Andrews, but tech experts have raised concerns about something more sinister lurking in the app. China said on Tuesday it was concerned about India’s decision to ban Chinese mobile apps such as Bytedance’s TikTok. Francis Maguire reports. More
08.07.20. Older Aussies will recall the ‘telephone book’ dunny paper, threaded on a string hanging on a nail driven into a fibro-clad hardwood noggin within easy reach? What is of note today is the COVIC-19 mania that saw nary a single tissue on shelves in all supermarkets. With the new outbreak stemming from Victoria the panic buying mania has spread much faster than the bloody virus. In the urgency for manufacturers to increase production many are complaining that the ‘new’ dunny paper is thinner and narrower. Aldi had a huge supply—tiny little rolls perfect for a miniature doll’s house and just as useless. A bunch of gum leaves would be better and safer—at least they are less likely to let a finger make a damned hole in them—and you know what that means! As you can’t try dunny paper in the shops—imagine the scene if you could? Here’s a guide from the professional botty-paper gurus.
Australian consumer organisation CHOICE has put popular brands of toilet paper to the test to find the best on the market. A panel of experts trialled 48 toilet papers – including two-ply, three-ply, four-ply, hypoallergenic and recycled – from supermarket brands such as Kleenex, Quilton, Sorbent, Aldi, Woolworths and Coles. More