In the letter – which was reported on by the FT – the signatories allege that Australia is making “big mistakes” in failing to reopen to the world. By making the lockdowns so severe (and so unceasingly long), the Australian government is putting politics before the well-being of the Australian people ahead of the federal elections that must be held by the end of May – when the Senate’s present term is slated to expire.
The companies that signed the letter “…employ almost one million Australians” and warned that lockdowns were having “long-lasting” effects on the economy. However, this shouldn’t be news to Australia’s political elite: Economists at Australia’s central bank, the RBA, already lowered their growth projections after a stronger-than-expected Q2 GDP print.
But all the incremental data seen so far suggests that Q3 could be a disaster – well that, coupled with the intensifying economic pressure from Beijing, which is trying to win a geopolitical stare-down contest with the Australian government by blocking a growing number of imports.
As for Australia’s infamous “drawbridge” border policy, the letter’s signatories insisted that the decision to close Australia’s borders was a colossal mistake.
“The borders should have never been closed,” Graham Turner, chief executive of travel company Flight Centre, told the Financial Times. “We’re making some very big mistakes here.”
“It’s time for corporate Australia to turn its disquiet and rumblings into a roar,” said Greg O’Neill, the chief executive of Melbourne fund manager La Trobe Financial, one of the signatories to the open letter sent by the Business Council of Australia. “It is time for courage and honesty. Not politics.”
Politics is politics. But courage and honesty would be nice for a change.
This was on the letters page at The Australian today: The Grief of Parents. It is a lament from someone who can find almost no sympathy from anyone who could actually do something. We live in the saddest of times when this is the only avenue for someone to get this message out more widely.
The Grief of Parents
I am a member of numerous support groups for parents of children and young adults who have declared a transgender identity. In all these cases the declaration of a transgender identity has come completely out of the blue, giving parents good reason to be sceptical of their child’s sudden ideation. As parents who have raised and nurtured these young people, we are being increasingly marginalised and undermined by teachers, medical professionals and now the courts.
Our scepticism and calls for caution, due to the irreversible nature of hormonal and surgical interventions, are derided by health professionals who seem to have no qualms about turning these young people against their “unsupportive” parents. Families are being torn apart with the immediate “affirmation” of a nebulous identity by clinicians.
Many parents know their children have been groomed online. Many children come from backgrounds of trauma, such as family separation, bullying or sexual assault. Many are on the autism spectrum. All that parents want is caution, exploratory therapy and a return to the medical ethos of “Do no harm”.
The mental health of these parents is overlooked. They are struggling. Their collective grief is insurmountable. Having our children taken away from us (“Court dismisses appeal in transgender teen removal case”, 29/9) is not the solution. Too many families have already been destroyed by this phenomenon.
What will it take for our health officials to heed the calls of these distressed parents?
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed Prime Minister Scott Morrison put Australia’s national security at risk in the way he has handled the decision to dump a $90 billion submarine contract with France and instead build a nuclear-propelled fleet with the United States and Britain.
Mr Turnbull also revealed that he has spoken to Emmanuel Macron since the shock announcement two weeks ago, despite Mr Morrison being unable to get the French President on the phone.
Reminds me how grateful we should be that Malcolm is no longer even in Parliament. As was said at the time:
“$50 billion to prop up less than 3000 jobs in Adelaide just doesn’t add up.”
Victoria has recorded 950 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths.
The deaths of seven people with COVID-19 is the worst day for fatalities of the current outbreak, and brings the number of deaths from the third wave to 36.
Two women in their 80s, a man in 80s, a woman in her 70s and woman in her 50s from the Hume local government area, and a woman in her 80s and woman in her 90s from the City of Whittlesea all died with the virus.
Not exactly cut down in their prime of life, were they?
Victoria Health Minister Foley announced 867 new COVID cases were recorded yesterday. Foley said 375 people are hospitalized, 81 people are in intensive care and 61 people are on a ventilator. Among the recorded cases “78% of the hospital cases are fully vaccinated, and 17% are partially vaccinated (1 dose).”
In other words, 95% of the COVID patients in Victoria hospitals are at least partially vaccinated….
Roughly half the population of Victoria is vaccinated but 78% of the hospitalized are vaccinated. The vaccinated in the hospital represent a higher number than the vaccinated in the population.
Meanwhile, Victoria’s repulsive Premier is hesitant about rolling out the vaxxines with the Herald-Sun front page discussing the Federal Government urging Victoria to get on with the vaxxinations while the state is taking its foot off the pedal (the footie comes first, naturally).
Over the weekend I heard the news that Scott Morrison is preparing to sign Australia up to zero emissions by 2050. It’s yet another slap in the face, coming after eighteen months of Covid and Morrison’s spineless and craven leadership. I detest the man. Once again, we have a situation where the Liberal Party of Australia, whether it be with Section 18C, NSW abortion laws, climate Continue reading “Guest Post: Cassie of Sydney – The Forgotten People”
I know I’ve touched on this topic in a previous post, but as Winston Churchill said:
“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”
This is a direct cut and paste from the Therapeutic Goods Regulations:
Part (2) is a new addition to the latest version of the Regulations. Inserted specifically to cater to the new ‘vaccines’…obviously!
You’ll notice that it has removed, amongst other things, the requirement to provide “preliminary clinical data demonstrating that the medicine is likely to provide a major therapeutic advance”, as long as the medicine is designed to treat or prevent COVID-19.
That leaves us with pretty much only one requirement to get Provisional Registration for a COVID vaccine…a plan to collect and provide safety and efficacy data at some point in the next 6 years, after it’s been unleashed on the public.
Unbelievable that such a low bar can be set for something now being effectively made mandatory, but wait…
If there is no longer a need to demonstrate “that the medicine is likely to provide a major therapeutic advance”, why has Ivermectin been banned for treating COVID based on the claim that:
The head of Australia’s pharmaceutical regulator said there is no credible evidence ivermectin works to prevent or treat COVID-19.