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$10k fine for man who flew to Ballina while COVID infected, as govt takes Pfizer vaccine from regions

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A flight attendant that collected the man from Ballina and then drove him to Brisbane has also been fined – copping a $4,135 penalty.

A Brisbane court issued the fines yesterday as the NSW government recorded a further 177 new COVID cases – the highest number for the current outbreak.

The government also announced this morning that Pfizer vaccine doses would be taken from regional areas such as the North Coast and redirected to Year 12 students in eight Sydney local government areas where the outbreak is at its worst.

According to police the 26-year-old man and the flight attendant later tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 after spending time in the community.

It forced authorities to spring into action and conduct a widespread contact tracing operation.

Police said the man attended three shops in Chermside, where he used false information to check-in on July 15.

After being placed into hotel quarantine in Brisbane, police said the man opened the door to his room and verbally abused staff while not wearing a mask.

Police have also alleged that while in the hotel, after being given his COVID-19 Delta strain diagnosis, he ignored warnings and continued to open his door while not wearing a face mask.

The man was fined over the border breach and for providing untrue information and a third for failing to comply with the COVID-19 direction of an emergency officer.

The fines for his three breaches total $9,648.

The man has since been put in quarantine in hospital.

In relation to the decision to redirect Pfizer vaccine doses from regional NSW to Sydney, Deputy Premier John Barillaro said:

‘The redirection of the vaccine is important to give those Year 12 students [in Sydney] the opportunity for face-to-face education and to have the same opportunities as students in regional areas to do their final exams in the same way as students in the rest of the state.’

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10 COMMENTS

  1. It is so good to see the Queensland courts see fit to penalise these idiots who can easily cause death and economic ruin in the community .
    Porky Barillaro though, I suspect is up to his usual nefarious predilections to reallocate resources for political gain, and I think it would be informative to how many of these “Year 12 students in eight Sydney local government areas ” attend catholic schools.
    It seems regional students have joined the ranks of the expendable, such as those over sixty years of age.
    Cheers G”)

  2. Any honest epidemiologist will tell us that it is literally impossible to eliminate or stop the spread of this virus (only slow it down thereby delaying the inevitable -“Two weeks to flatten the curve”??) so the only logical path is to protect the most vulnerable and allow it to run it’s course until there is natural herd immunity. The failure of all governments around the world to do this along with the fearmongering being propagated by the bought and paid for MSM strongly implies there are ulterior motives for the lockdowns and other draconian measures now being taken in virtual lockstep. Anyone who has been properly researching (journalists??) this debacle will now know that that one of these ulterior motives (there are too many to list here) is vaccine passports and ultimately a worldwide dystopian social credit score system where we will have little to no freedom. Is this the legacy we wish to leave our children and all future generations?

    • “Any honest epidemiologist will tell us that it is literally impossible to eliminate or stop the spread of this virus” – agreed

      “… so the only logical path is to protect the most vulnerable and allow it to run it’s course until there is natural herd immunity.” This sort of thinking was briefly favoured in the early days of this pandemic. It’s rapidly losing credibility because this pathogen is showing itself to be wonderfully adapted to evade “natural herd immunity”.

      Any immunity is going to take a long time and much death and suffering. The trouble is where it runs rampant (UK, South America, South Africa, India) it is throwing up variants that evade both any natural immunity the population has developed as well as vaccines.

      What Australia (most of the states and territories) and New Zealand have tended to aim for is not elimination – and certainly not eradication – is zero community transmission.

      Australia is one of the few countries in the world who have had any chance of achieving this. But I agree, even this is less likely with the situation now in NSW.

      The PM was right we were the envy of the world – no thanks to him. For most the boat has long sailed but, given time travel and the choice, I believe most would adopt the same approach.

      For those who tell us we need to live with it, this virus doesn’t observe and remain at a nominated tolerance level, it just spreads exponentially. It’s rapid evolution is evading immunity, making most of us “the vulnerable” and it spreads from the asymptotic.

    • Mmmmmm Any honest epidemiologist will tell you, there is no guarantee that ‘herd immunity ‘is even possible !
      Even 100% immunisation or infection (for those who do survive) doesn’t necessarily protect against the next mutation of this prolific virus.
      Very possibly this IS the legacy we leave our children for their future, if they have one.
      Cheers G”)

  3. Able to finance his illegal jaunt, i dont know that the fine is large enough. He’s put peoples lives at risk. Its no joke. Freedom is necessarily defined differently these days. Who defines the parameters of acceptible? The next step is vaccine passports, which i dont agree with so its a delicate situation. Its too easy for people to get away with it, and then the damage is done.

  4. So what about all those people with him on the flight from Sydney to Ballina? Where are they in our community? Have they all been contacted and tested. They were all in the community for days before it was relaised what had happened. I can find no information on this.

  5. Lock him up.
    Obviously a liar and a danger to society.
    Will he pay the fine.?
    Not likely. He’ll just shoot off somewhere else and create trouble there.
    Qantas link need to sack the Covid spreader.
    Get vaccinated. These aren’t the last irresponsible people out there.

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