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01.04.20. Australians are being urged to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible to reduce strain on the health system caused by COVID-19. With coronavirus now spreading in the community, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) said this year, it was more important than ever to get immunised against influenza. “Protecting yourself and your family from the flu with a vaccination now will help reduce the strain on health resources from COVID-19,” said RACGP president Harry Nespolon. The flu vaccine won’t combat COVID-19, but it will help to reduce the severity and spread of seasonal influenza, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses. More

01.04.20. Most Australians always knew that something big was behind such a long-lasting shortage of goods and never before seen bare shelves in their supermarkets. It didn’t take long for news to spread that bus-loads of Chinese were were blitzing every city and town across Australia like a plague of locusts stripping the wheat crops bare leaving nothing but bare shelves,bewildered people and hardship. The communist party regime of China is right at the seat of the issue—the issue is tissue, and more. Perhaps China did not expect such a world backlash and like an arson returning to his handiwork as a fireman so to does China—hand in the cookie jar stuff!
A former Chinese military officer worked with Chinese Communist Party agencies and a group with links to organised crime to export tonnes of Australian medical supplies to Wuhan at the height of the coronavirus epidemic there. The former officer, Kuang Yuanping, is now planning to bring medical equipment to Australia given the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in China appears to have passed. More

01.04.20. The weekend’s triple electoral contest offers more confusing messages than a drunken dyslexic Morse code operator. The fact that a number of people outside Brisbane asked me to identify their local LNP and Labor-aligned candidate tells me many voters want the major parties to run local government tickets in the regions. How else can regional voters sift through fields of vaguely described independents (all labelling themselves an “honest and hardworking local”) and identify candidates’ real ideological bents?
The LNP may have retained the seat of Currumbin at the weekend’s by-election, but the nature of the victory may have guaranteed its leader’s downfall. But that doesn’t make the Brisbane City Council election a clear signpost for the October state election. In fact, all three significant parties – Labor, LNP and the Greens – can claim some level of success. More
01.04.20 Video taken at Perth airport shows bulk surgical masks being air freighted to China last month as it is revealed a Chinese company sent 90 tonnes of Australian supplies to Wuhan. The video shows the China-bound boxes of surgical masks stacked up at Perth airport on February 8. In addition 90-tonne export of hand sanitiser, gloves and masks was also sent by a Chinese government-owned company, Greenland. These exports have left Australia short of these essential supplies. Understanding these shipments from Oz were organised by the largest producers of these items, deliberately taking from a small country likes ours as we face the virus impact. As Arnold Ahlert points out Trump is right about China: More

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31.03.20. Sky News Outsiders host Rowan Dean, clearly under no obligation to China, says the Communist Party of China had a “duty of care to the rest of the world which they deliberately avoided” and therefore “must be brought to account” for the deadly coronavirus pandemic. “The one thing we’ve learnt from this, without a shadow of a doubt is that we cannot trust the Chinese government,” Mr Dean told Sky News host Paul Murray. “We cannot believe a word that comes out of their mouths on anything, on anything at all”. He said the Communist government “simply has to pick up the phone” and make demands of Chinese companies who operate out of Australia, to which they will oblige. “We must have at he end of this, reparations of some sort on whatever scale from the Chinese to those countries, and let’s face it, it’s all of us, who have suffered because of their negligence, because of their lying and because of their covering up (of) the truth,” Mr Dean said. “They had a duty of care to the rest of the world which they deliberately avoided and therefore they must be brought to account, they must be brought to pay”. More

31.03.20. The US Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorisation for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence. The agency allowed for the drugs to be “donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalised teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible,” HHS said in a statement, announcing that Sandoz donated 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the stockpile and Bayer donated 1 million doses of chloroquine. More

31.03.20. For reasons that now escape me, I started my part-time studies at WA University in 1959 with two years of German language and literature. My lecturer and guide was Dr Maurice Benn, the newly-installed head of German. A few years later, Mr Justice Hale in the WA Supreme Court put on his black cap with one corner facing forward (actually, it’s just a piece of black cloth, of Tudor origin), and sentenced Dr Benn to hang by the neck until he was dead for wilful murder. I’m writing about Dr Benn to clear some more debris from my cranial attic.
Benn seemed born to dwell in cloisters, writing tracts for other lovers of classic German literature. We junior students instead snickered at his too-short trouser legs showing colourful socks. He would declaim German poets with deep feeling, like Rilke’s “Carousel” (Das Karussel) with its catch-line, ‘Und dann und wann ein weisser Elefant” referring to the merry-go-round journey of the white elephant. More

31.03.20. Drought relief, bushfire relief, flood relief and “good grief” relief all seem so far distant now. The pandemic has command. The global economy is in sudden strife, as is that of Australia. But looking back just a few months, a matter prompted by my fire-beeper reporting that, “Bushfire danger period will end midnight 31 March, permits not required after this!” It recalled the months of fuss and mismanagement under pressure. This morning’s media trumpets the government’s financial plans to save jobs, businesses, accommodation rent and countless other subsidies. Mindful of the above mayhem it’s difficult to believe that such a far more complicated and expensive “survival package” for all things and all people won’t end up in a real dog fight like no other. Handing out ‘free’ money makes some people more creative than the government. The losers are always the pensioners and self-funded who have no ‘wriggle room’!
Up to six million workers will receive $1500 fortnightly payments under a $130bn JobKeeper scheme — the centrepiece of Australia’s biggest ever rescue package — to keep businesses open throughout the COVID-19 economic crisis and protect hundreds of thousands of jobs. More

31.03.20. Had this story run at a time other than during the current virus crisis, the accidental reader would laugh at the government’s aggravated incompetence. Australia’s life-saving surgeons, standing in line at the sausage sizzle gazebo outside the entrance to Bunnings before raiding the paint department for painters’ masks—the hospital hasn’t got any. Some doctors are swooping on snorkelling kits. Do they wear the flipper too? What next? Disposal shops for WWI gas masks. NASA probably has a few old space suits for sale. Truth is stranger than fiction—isn’t it?
Surgeons are buying painting masks from Bunnings and other doctors are buying full-face ­snorkelling kits because they are so worried the government has not sourced enough equipment to ­protect them. A failure by state, territory and federal governments to tell medical staff how much personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, gowns and goggles, they have stockpiled has triggered rising ­anxiety among healthcare workers. More