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September 22, 2021

Total mismanagement

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

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COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Confirmed COVID-19 case in Goonellabah

A local case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Lismore area.

Why were the Northern Beaches shut down so quickly, and yet Bondi remained open? Why so slow off the mark compared to other countries to get a variety of vaccines? Why can it still take hours to get a covid test? Don’t governments realise this turns people off getting tested? Spend, train, employ more testers! You’ve had 18 months!

Every state except NSW didn’t hesitate to shut down hotspots – HARD – and close borders. Where was the urgency to get frontline nursing staff, doctors, paramedics, police, teachers etc vaccinated? Surely, 18 months into the pandemic, the vast majority should be done by now!

Now the ADF (Australian Defence Force) is deployed, same as the bushfires – too little, too late! Morrison and Berejiklian aren’t asleep at the wheel – they’re not in the car!

At last laws are being toughened up and the slack rules tightened, but it’s still okay to visit your holiday home? You can sunbathe at Bondi, still, but don’t dare poke your head out elsewhere.

Yes, we are lucky to be an island in the Southern Hemisphere with a relatively small population. We have watched other countries struggle with major covid problems, many deaths, heaps more crook, not enough respirators, losing frontline medical staff who take years of training to replace. As a leader wouldn’t you be taking note, talking to medical and scientific groups about how we should be preparing, putting into place not just plans, but actual infrastructure for when Australia is invaded by the virus?

First there were cruise ships, or were they just incubators? So what was the plan? Put potential ill people into hotels, ships on land, not in remote areas, but smack in the middle of our largest populations. Maybe this was only the first short-term option, and then there were minimal efforts to get Howard Springs operational and… nothing else.

The consequence is, for the sake of a few million dollars to build or modify some more regional or remote quarantine camps, we now have lockdowns all over the place, costing the nation billions of dollars. Not good enough and that is a direct, federal, responsibility!

Afghanistan. Again, far too little and far too late. What, no one discussed the possibility of a collapse of resistance and the Taliban controlling in Kabul within weeks? Oh well, just like we’re discovering with covid, just a few more deaths!

I can only hope there is a warehouse with lots of respirators, PPE, beds and maybe ADF staff available for rapid deployment to anywhere in Australia.

Finally, why can’t the states and federal government work collaboratively and democratically? Why can’t adults sit down, outside political bias, and resolve to create one plan for everyone, one list of rules, that apply across our ONE nation. No confusion over when a lockdown will be applied, when a border will be closed or what isolation, quarantine, stay at home, etc mean and no confusion about what penalties will be applied, instantly, for breaking community health rules.

This is our World War III, treat it as such!

Richard White

East Ballina

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  1. Richard White, I live on The Northern Beaches, Sydney and what a great question as to why the different treatments of The Northern Beaches and Bondi Covid flusterclucks . Whilst no one from the State Government has ever told us how Covid arrived on The Northern Beaches it isn’t hard to guess, it came via International air crews staying on The Northern Beaches in between flight shifts..It was lax ‘Covid health regulations’ that gave Covid an opening and Covid obliged and then we got lumbered with that horror Christmas and New Year Lockup on The Northern Beaches. So who was in charge of making the ‘Covid health regulations’, none other than Health Minister Brad Hazard. Fast forward to Bondi and another Covid flustercluck which has turned out to be the mother of all Covid flusterclucks. Once again we saw ‘lax health regulations’ that gave Covid an opening and Covid duly obliged. Health Minister Brad Hazard and his ‘lax health regulations’ was found out for a second time as he tried valiantly to blame the ‘Bondi limo driver’ for the Bondi Covid outbreak. But we learnt later that the limo driver did not contravene any health regulations. I’m guessing that Not my Glad and offsider Brad didn’t want to openly admit that they stuffed up over Bondi and so didn’t pull the trigger on a big Lockdown, hoping that the initial Bondi Lockdown-lite would somehow work and save their blushes over what was another CovidFail on their watch.


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