Morrison “lets it rip” heart out of economy

On every front, the Australian domestic economy is now in crisis. Morrison’s Government mismanagement has fingerprints over everything.

There are no tests to keep anything open:

Business groups warn that virus-exposed staff are unable to come back to work safely while rapid antigen tests remain in short supply, making eased isolation requirements designed to reduce critical worker shortages less effective.

There are no tests to even gauge how bad is the problem:

The paucity of rapid antigen tests and lack of a uniform policy to track their results is masking the infectiousness of the COVID-19 omicron variant, experts say.

University of South Australia epidemiologist Adrian Esterman said the daily case number was misleading because people were trying, yet unable, to source and report rapid tests.

“We’ve got two things which are totally conflated and totally stuffing us up at the moment,” he said.

“The first is the lack of availability of rapid antigen tests. And the second thing is we’re still getting huge queues at [PCR] testing lines.

So, “let it rip” feeds on itself:

The nation’s biggest employer groups have launched a combined push to overhaul coronavirus isolation rules and free up supplies of rapid antigen tests in a warning to political leaders about the risk to the supply of essential products from chronic staff shortages.

One day after the federal government unveiled shorter quarantine rules for food and grocery workers, the peak industry groups urged cabinet ministers to adopt similar rules for more than 1 million workers across sectors ranging from trucking to retail.

The employers also aired their frustration at a chronic shortage of rapid antigen tests despite federal government assurances that it would supply 10 million tests to the states over the coming weeks.

Supply chains are breaking:

Shops will be in short supply of chicken products, red meat, fresh fruit and vegetables in the coming weeks, with milk also at risk while the food supply chain is tested to breaking point by the huge numbers of workers in isolation due to COVID-19.

Farmers are still producing the same volume of meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables but there aren’t enough workers in transport, processing or distribution to get it into shops.

Some meat processing plants have had to shut down and others, along with food distribution facilities, report 50 per cent or more of their staff are off work due to contact with the virus.

Amid a dearth of rapid antigen tests and active coronavirus cases nearing 600,000, all states except Western Australia are relaxing health restrictions to enable more people to keep working during the wave of Omicron infections.

Morrison was warned:

The Australian Medical Association warned senior executives in the federal health department of the need to develop a national strategy for procuring rapid antigen tests (RATs) in September last year.

Repeatedly warned:

A public health specialist says he told a group of parliamentarians, including several Coalition members, back in August that Australia’s PCR-testing system was destined to buckle and that the government should immediately start planning for the use of rapid antigen tests.

This is only the first leg of the crisis. The next leg is kids returning to school. Fantastic Morrison ineptitude is all over this as well:

The nation’s peak body for general practitioners has demanded the government “urgently repair” the children’s vaccine rollout, saying supply and delivery issues have left doctors working with “one arm tied behind their back”.

Disability groups, meanwhile, say the failure to prioritise children with a disability, coupled with the current surge in demand, has created significant barriers for those most vulnerable to Covid-19.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is also reporting that very high demand is putting “pressure on supplies” for its members and that “some pharmacies have reported deliveries being less than they ordered, or deliveries being delayed”.

This will prolong the crisis as schools reopen to a second leg of “let it rip”. And it won’t just be the little ones. You can’t get a booster, either:

Teenagers will return to school with waning immunity because authorities are still considering an application to provide boosters to 16 and 17-year-olds, while younger teens could have to wait even longer.

As the Morrison government comes under attack from parents and doctors over struggles to secure vaccine bookings for children aged five to 11, older teens may also be vulnerable because many of them received their last shot more than three months ago.

From ambulances to discharge, the health system is buckling:

Payments aimed at encouraging healthcare workers to take on risky shifts in full personal protective equipment will end next month, as hospitals reach a staffing crisis point and COVID-19 hospitalisations are projected to hit a record high.

Victoria’s peak body for public hospitals is pushing the state government for an urgent extension of its surge allowance, which was introduced last October as an incentive for nurses and paramedics to work in high-risk coronavirus settings.

Ambulance Victoria have issued a code red as the state records its highest number of hospitalisations since the pandemic began.

Hospitals across the state are calling healthcare workers back from their annual leave in a desperate attempt to fill shifts.

The entire economy is in lockdown:

“We’re now facing economic situations that are worse than if we’d had an actual lockdown,” said economist Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work.

The Centre for Future Work is part of the Australia Institute, an independent think-tank funded by donations.

As Morrison sits atop his smoking ruin of a “let it rip” economy and society, Richard Denniss neatly sums the politics:

As the election draws closer,Morrison is stuck in a dilemma of his own making. If he compensates businesses or workers for the costs of the freedoms he just granted, he’d have to admit he caused their pain. But if he doesn’t provide some support soon the economy will spiral downwards, only this time in the lead-up to a federal election. Ouch.

Despite the months of blather from Morrison about the need to unshackle Australians from the yoke of (his) government’s oppressive regulations, the fact is it was government regulation and spending that got the country through the first two years of this crisis.

Border controls, movement restrictions, mask mandates, QR codes and free vaccination delivered Australia one of the lowest death rates and unemployment rates in the world. Well-designed government intervention works.

Josh Frydenberg knows that. As he released an economic update in December, the treasurer declared: “Having performed more strongly than any major advanced economy throughout the pandemic, the Australian economy is poised for a strong expansion.”

I agree entirely, but that’s not the story Morrison wants to tell.

No matter how many taxes or regulations he cuts, the reality is economies don’t work without workers, customers or supply chains. No matter how upbeat the prime minister appears, the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid are circulating freely in our shopping malls, restaurants, warehouses and hospitals. It is making hundreds of thousands of Australians sick, and it’s making millions think twice about going out to spend.

Not to worry, Morrison is focused on what matters:

Liberal MPs split over the dilemma surrounding the unvaccinated Djokovic, with the member for Ryan, Julian Simmonds, saying there should be no special dispensation for unvaccinated people entering the nation, ­famous or otherwise.

“Australian citizens and other visa holders coming to Australia unvaccinated are required to quarantine and they expect Mr Djokovic to comply with the same rules,” he told The Australian.

“Many Australian families have had to make sacrifices when it comes to travel during the pandemic and expect the same rules to apply to everyone.”

North Queensland Liberal MP Warren Entsch disagreed, saying the government should accept the Federal Circuit Court decision.

“At the end of the day, there’s been a decision made by the courts. I don’t think we should be overruling that,” he said.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić requested a call with Mr Morrison to request that her compatriot was “treated fairly and all his rights be respected” while emphasising the importance of Djokovic’s training conditions.

That’s life living with the “adults in charge” under “the best economic managers”.

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  1. RobotSenseiMEMBER

    Numerous (unverified) reports over the socials this morning of people having their orders for RATs cancelled by special decree of the federal government, who are now siphoning them all up to give to… themselves, presumably.

    This is one of those times people should just stand back and let it all break.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      If you don’t test rate of infections fall.
      I think D Trump said that, and Scovid is an acolyte of the big orange.
      Next will be not having an elections.

      • Difficulty is certain medical dental and optical appointments require a test within the last 24 hours. I am in that. situation and need a safe non intrusive home test.

  2. Let it Rip should have a positive effect by election time, we will then finally be able to move on from this covid psychosis once almost everyone has been infected & is protected. Only symptomatic should isolate and take a sickie

    • Yeah, I’m sure the electorate will have forgotten the trauma and complete mismanagement by then and reward Scott Morrison with another term for infecting every one with a Leaked Chinese bio-weapon.

      The economy as an abstract entity is meaningless to the average voter. What matters is their lived experience and scomo has dug his own grave.

  3. Everybody rip it up
    Yo’ check Scomo’s style
    (Go, go, go, go)
    You know where we’re from
    So masks up in the sky
    (Go, go, go, go)

    You know that I’m down with doin’ wrong
    I don’t give a fuck it’s only Omicron…

      • 😉 swearing is a bad habit.

        Moderators are rude
        Such attitudes
        But when I show my piece (of writing)
        Complaints cease
        Something’s odd
        I feel like I’m God
        ( better stop it there rather than push my luck 🙂 )

  4. Unrelated question for Nucleus super holders:

    I can’t find a “letter of compliance” on the site or the Praemium site. Does anyone know where it is?

  5. Without wishing to Labor the point, the crucial element of let it rip, the only element that can maintain Australia’s “economic growth”, is rebooting record migration levels ASAP. On this, the Treasurer and Shadow Treasurer are joined at the hip.

  6. kiwikarynMEMBER

    Maybe they should just let it rip properly. No testing of non-symptomatic people or isolation of people not infected. If you are actually sick with symptoms, then stay home. This is what Sth Africa did. It seems to me the problem is not with having so many people off sick with the flu, its having so many people forced to isolate because they know someone sick with the flu.

    • Isolation won’t be needed if everyone has a RAT test. Maybe, just maybe, if Australia doesn’t send them all to the US.

      https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-made-rapid-antigen-tests-going-to-us-until-midyear-20211229-p59kny.html

      It is estimated that 72% of South Africans have been infected with COVID from the previous 3 waves.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/14/south-africa-previous-infections-may-explain-omicron-hospitalisation-rate

      After this wave, pretty much everyone in Australia will be infected and those who survives will be able to ‘live with the virus;. Getting through the wave is the challenge.

      • I’ve heard a lot of fatalistic ‘We’re all gonna get infected” talk lately, and I’m dubious.

        In the middle (perhaps nearing the rollover…I dunno) of the current epic wave with one of the highest infection rates per capita in the world I’ve seen estimates of around a million people infected so far. That’s a lot of people, but it’s still less than 4% of the current population. Even if infections continue to go super mega gangbusters for an extended period (which I think is unlikely) and we get 10 times the number of infections, that still leaves us with less than 40% infected.

        If things go as the gummint hopes and the current wave does a Gomperz and sputters out through February then I don’t think we’ll get anywhere near 40% infected. In the longer term as more and different waves roll along, perhaps, but not right now.

        • It’s only a matter of time. It’s endemic now.

          I skipped the first wave of Swine Flu in 2009, but it came and beat me up in 2014.

          That’s what people mean by “we’re all getting it eventually.”

    • FUDINTHENUDMEMBER

      Ahh so it’s not that “let it rip” isn’t working, it’s that we’re not letting it rip “properly”.

      By suggesting infection control measures (ie. Forcing workers to stay home) you realise it’s not LIR, right?

  7. Channelling the resident cretin:
    “This is all Labor’s fault. Labor should not be allowed to govern ever again.”

    • I don’t know about the name calling.

      Make a point if you want but lets leave personal stuff out.

      Leftists always resort to the personal insults when people don’t bend to their will.

      • “Leftists always resort to the personal insults when people don’t bend to their will.”
        That’s hardly unique to the left. It is a feature of shout politics and I see the right yelling louder than most. The right are also becoming more violent as well.

      • Leftists always resort to the personal insults when people don’t bend to their will.

        Undoubtedly written without a hint of irony.

      • agree, but it’s not just leftists. In fact, I think the Right is more vulnerable to this accusation – look at the bile from the US.

        • Basically everything the right hyperventilates about the left supposedly doing, is them projecting their own behaviour.

          This works the other way as well, which is why people on the left continually expect the right to engage in good faith, work towards a compromise outcome, and come to a decision based on “reals” rather than “feels”, despite this almost never happening in contemporary politics.

      • People like Fishing are often name calling from what appears to be a Randian right ?

        Totes rarely name calls though IIRC

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Yes, correct its Labor’s fault.

      Labor should have demanded international borders remain closed. We could have all gotten on with our lives on our island, with near zero infections.

      Instead Labor busied themselves with wokeness, and forced that infected Indians return.

      Cretin? lol. You clueless leftards are so angry, it’s hilarious.

      • Instead Labor busied themselves with wokeness, and forced that infected Indians return.

        Labor can’t “force” anything. It has no power over the Government.

          • Confusing the NEW LABOUR [economic right wing] of the like of Blair or Clinton/Obama is a categorical error and as such any argument built on it.

          • kierans777MEMBER

            @skippy This is the Third Way.

            I’m not a fan of it, however I do see why Blair/Clinton gave it a crack. Trying to get the best of neoliberalism without confronting the inherent flaws.

      • kierans777MEMBER

        You mean Australian citizens. The fact that they were in India is irrelevant. They have the right to return home. The issue was the lack of adequate quarantine facilities to process arrivals in a fast and safe manner. The fault solely lies with the Liberals on this one.

        My problem with Labor is that they passed really terrible legislation in order to get some good through. They should repeal the stage 3 tax cuts and use the money to help fix the Liberals mess.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      How did Morrison convince all those state Labor governments to open international borders?

      It was there’s and federal Labor’s to stop.

      Labor are no good as an opposition, or a government and the best thing Australia can do is terminate the entire party so we can install good people to save us from LNP.

      • TheLambKingMEMBER

        How did Morrison convince all those state Labor governments to open international borders?

        No, NSW’s LNP government opened the international borders. And that opened up the borders for all Australians. Victoria found that out early on – as a fair chunk just boarded planes down to Melbourne without anyone in Sydney Airport (border force or NSW officials) stopping them or checking them.

  8. Increasing evidence of myocarditis issues in young males that indicates boosters (and even 2nd shots) are contraindicated.
    https://youtu.be/NR_ZVzrTeYk
    Note ATAGI states that Booster Recommendation are not based on clinical data, only implied on antibody titres (that are increasingly irrelevant due to Omicron)

      • The boosters are a result of doubling down, not public health.

        Once the double shot program proved to be a complete bust in stopping infections and halting the pandemic as promised, the Idiots in Charge were fcked. They had no plan B and they certainly weren’t going to admit they had screwed everything at great cost, so they did what people always do…they doubled down on more of the same, and without extensive clinical trials or much of anything beyond “vaccines good…more vaccines better”.

        Some places like israel are preparing to triple down with a 4th jab, while the ex head of the UK vaccine taskforce has said it’s time to give up on the jabs.

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/08/end-mass-jabs-and-live-with-covid-says-ex-head-of-vaccine-taskforce

        That’s quite a change in the narrative. Hopefully more will follow.

          • Pfizer reckon their Omicron specific vax will be ready by March. Sounds like more of the same, and too little too late. Something radically different that actually works to stop infection and spread would be welcome, but I don’t think it’s possible with rapidly mutating coronaviruses..

    • Increasing evidence of myocarditis issues in young males that indicates booster

      There is already more evidence that the vaccine causes vastly increases the chances of myocarditis, than gender dysphoria is a condition other than mental illness.

      Yet, it’s the reverse accepted as gospel.

      Science is completely compromised based on teams.

      The bad team is winning.

      • Anders Andersen

        “There is already more evidence that the vaccine causes vastly increases the chances of myocarditis, ….”

        Evidence free, as usual. Your backside must be getting very sore.

        • Still at a 100% record… derp!

          Denmark
          https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n3090

          “Myocarditis, although rare, is a known side effect of the mRNA vaccines ”

          “Results for Moderna’s vaccine mRNA-1273 are more consistent with previous studies: …….Risk was increased in both male and female participants (adjusted hazard ratio 3.92, 2.30 to 6.78), with substantially higher risk after the second dose.”

          “Among men younger than 40, the incidence of myocarditis associated with mRNA-1273 was five times higher than the incidence associated with BNT162b2 (9.4 v. 1.8 per 100 000). This finding has been confirmed in the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and in other Nordic countries”

          Hong Kong
          https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n3090
          Conclusions: There is a significant increase in the risk of acute myocarditis/pericarditis following Comirnaty vaccination among Chinese male adolescents, especially after the second dose.

          Israel
          https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2109730
          The incidence of myocarditis, although low, increased after the receipt of the BNT162b2 vaccine, particularly after the second dose among young male recipients.

          Seriously, do you wake up every morning and think to yourself “How am I going to be wrong today?”

          • This is what you said: “There is already more evidence that the vaccine causes vastly increases the chances of myocarditis, ….”

            This is what the MBJ article states, the article from which you misleadingly quote:

            “The mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2) and Moderna (mRNA-1273) are a stunning success of science. They have saved countless lives and have a demonstrated safety record in a billion administered doses worldwide. No drug in history, however, has been completely free of adverse events. Myocarditis, although rare, is a known side effect of the mRNA vaccines and has been a barrier to uptake primarily because of uncertainty around its severity and frequency….”

            And:

            “The study confirms what is already known about vaccine associated myocarditis—that it is rare, but it exists. Of 3.5 million people who received BNT162b2, 48 developed myocarditis or myopericarditis within 28 days (54% male, 56% second dose), giving an incidence of 1.4 per 100 000 vaccinated individuals. The increased rate of myocarditis or myopericarditis was not statistically significant in the primary analysis (adjusted hazard ratio 1.34, 95% confidence interval 0.90 to 2.00), although it was statistically significant in an analysis using a 14 day post-exposure window (1.89, 1.23 to 2.90).”

            And in addition many other authorities have pointed out that the risk of myocarditis is far greater from covid19 than from the vaccines. So stop your your misleading bs, though I understand that your professional work will make it difficult for you to achieve this.

            Btw, I’ve learnt in the past that when you provide links they frequently do not support what you claim. Do you remember you 6th of Jan claims, using 8-12 mth old news articles, which didn’t stand up to what was actually happening.

          • Superderp, you’ve got in wrong twice in a row…

            yes from the same sources…

            This is what you said: “There is already more evidence that the vaccine causes vastly increases the chances of myocarditis, ….”

            This is what the MBJ article states, the article from which you misleadingly quote:

            “The mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2) and Moderna (mRNA-1273) are a stunning success of science.

            This is a superlative, not an article of fact. It is not a counter-argument.

            They have saved countless lives and have a demonstrated safety record in a billion administered doses worldwide.

            This has not been demonstrated and is once more an article of faith.

            COVID has a mortality rate for those less than the age of 65, and free of comorbidities of less that 0.02%, thus anyone with a comprehension of science, mathematics or statistics knows this is implausible to confirm as an article of fact.

            No drug in history, however, has been completely free of adverse events. Myocarditis, although rare, is a known side effect of the mRNA vaccines and has been a barrier to uptake primarily because of uncertainty around its severity and frequency….”

            There… there statement of FACT which backs my statement, by a party which is secular at best, and potentially has a vested interest in opposing my view.

            Well done sparky… you proved me foolish there.

            And:

            “The study confirms what is already known about vaccine associated myocarditis—that it is rare, but it exists. Of 3.5 million people who received BNT162b2, 48 developed myocarditis or myopericarditis within 28 days (54% male, 56% second dose), giving an incidence of 1.4 per 100 000 vaccinated individuals. The increased rate of myocarditis or myopericarditis was not statistically significant in the primary analysis (adjusted hazard ratio 1.34, 95% confidence interval 0.90 to 2.00), although it was statistically significant in an analysis using a 14 day post-exposure window (1.89, 1.23 to 2.90).”

            Shooting the lights out here with these countenances here champ

            And in addition many other authorities have pointed out that the risk of myocarditis is far greater from covid19 than from the vaccines.

            Whoa… big claim here.

            Infection with the coronavirus now causes myocarditis. You must be living in your own world of fantasy here champ.

            There is no evidence at all a covid infection triggers a myocardial event. This is the desperate BS.. which funnily enough to try to deflect .. here it seems…..

            So stop your your misleading bs, though I understand that your professional work will make it difficult for you to achieve this.

            Btw, I’ve learnt in the past that when you provide links they frequently do not support what you claim. Do you remember you 6th of Jan claims, using 8-12 mth old news articles, which didn’t stand up to what was actually happening.

            Well go ahead.. this will be very interesting for you to back this up.

            Of the events surrounding the Trump presidency I have never commented here on:
            Kyle Rittenhouse
            The theory about a stolen election
            My opinion of what level of esteem Biden and Harris should be held it.

            I am know if have said very little on January 6, if anything at all, on this site. MY best recollection is I have not said a thing about January 6th on this site. In fact I said very little about Trump and his presidency after 2017, due to the levels of maturity found on this site.

            But please, go ahead and demonstrate what I have said about January 6th…. else, one might think your propensity for BS might extend to false attribution as well.

      • “And in addition many other authorities have pointed out that the risk of myocarditis is far greater from covid19 than from the vaccines.

        Whoa… big claim here.”

        No, it isn’t:

        “The risk for developing myocarditis due to SARS-CoV-2 infection was 4-to-40 times higher than the risk associated with Covid-19 vaccination, according to results from a population study from the United Kingdom that included 38 million vaccinated adults.

        The study, led by researchers at the University of Oxford, included adults vaccinated against Covid-19 in England from December 202o through August 2021 with the BNT162b2 or mRNA-1273 vaccines, or the ChAdOx1 adenovirus vaccine.”

        https://www.physiciansweekly.com/myocarditis-risk-higher-with-covid-19-infection-than-vaccination

        “Conclusions: Myocarditis (or pericarditis or myopericarditis) from primary COVID19 infection occurred at a rate as high as 450 per million in young males. Young males infected with the virus are up 6 times more likely to develop myocarditis as those who have received the vaccine.”

        https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34341797/

        Btw, AZ provides no increase in risk.

        Dick.

        • Hahaha, this keees getting better SuperDerp…

          from your link.. the one you want to tether your viewpoint to; https://www.physiciansweekly.com/myocarditis-risk-higher-with-covid-19-infection-than-vaccination

          The highest vaccination-associated risk was found to be among people receiving a second dose of mRNA-1273. In that group, the myocarditis event rate was 15 per million people vaccinated, but the researchers noted that the vaccine was introduced later than the others in the U.K., which could have impacted this finding.

          “Further research is required to understand why the risk of myocarditis seems to be higher following mRNA-1273 vaccine,”

          So, it’s the vaccine…..

          • Anders Andersen

            No [email protected], it’s not the vaccine, the issue is you cherry picking data and not looking at the totality of the report, and choosing one vaccine when it suits you. No reported issues with AZ.

            “Findings published in Nature Medicine revealed a small increase in myocarditis events after both the first and second vaccination doses, but the risk was limited to a 7-day period following vaccination. The vaccine-associated excess risk was observed in both men and women, but was consistently observed only in people younger than 40 years of age. The vast majority of vaccine-associated myocarditis cases were mild and self limiting.”

            I hope you’re better at your day job, but that’s unfair you being a FP @ PC6167 must be mission impossible.

          • TripleDerp, nowhere in:

            “Findings published in Nature Medicine revealed a small increase in myocarditis events after both the first and second vaccination doses, but the risk was limited to a 7-day period following vaccination. The vaccine-associated excess risk was observed in both men and women, but was consistently observed only in people younger than 40 years of age. The vast majority of vaccine-associated myocarditis cases were mild and self limiting.”

            Does it contradict…

            The highest vaccination-associated risk was found to be among people receiving a second dose of mRNA-1273.

            OR

            “the risk of myocarditis seems to be higher following mRNA-1273 vaccine,”

            Now you seem to be desperately segueing into AZ as your bulwark for your entire countenance of “There is already more evidence that the vaccine causes vastly increases the chances of myocarditis, ….””

            So an undisclosed segment on your behalf to counter factual demonstration (some) vaccines are empirically shown to cause an increase in myocarditis? Have I got that right? I really can’t see how you’ve demonstrated anything here…

            I made the argument being a recipient of the vaccine increases the risk of myocarditis… you said it doesn’t.
            I provided links it provided links it does, which can’t be dismissed.
            Then you provided links it does.

            You wanted to infer it’s the covid virus itself which causes myocarditis, yet your link showed it was upon those who had taken the vaccine (prior?), with more acute event for those who’ve taken a second vaccine…thus inferring the variable is the vaccine, which is the argument most pro-vaccine parties already concede, leaving their basis for community wide vaccination a reduction of viral load….

            Now you’re hopelessly flailing with a statement none of my links demonstrate myocarditis being correlated to AZ, meaning what exactly?

            Nothing causes myocarditis?
            Everything equally causes myocarditis, except AZ, therefore if AZ doesn’t cause it, none of the vaccines cause it?

            Do you even have a conceptual framework, or just google buzzwords hoping I no longer feel inclined to dismiss your 100% fail rate?

            I hope you’re better at your day job, but that’s unfair you being a FP @ PC6167 must be mission impossible.

            If I’m not PC6167, is that a variable which increases or decreases my chances?

          • No, they state that non vaccinated are at greater risk of myocarditis than vaccinated.

            “The highest vaccination-associated risk was found to be among people receiving a second dose of mRNA-1273.”
            The highest VACCINATION-ASSOCIATED risk…..So the risk increases with the 2nd dose, but they still claim unvaccinated are at greater risk than non.

            If I’m going to put my money on you, a FP from Kwinana, or the BMJ on interpreting the data, guess who wins? You have Dunning-Kruger stamped all over you.

  9. RobotSenseiMEMBER

    $1000 fines in NSW for not reporting your positive RAT as of next week.

    Lol, that’ll fix the thing!

  10. SuperfluousMEMBER

    Omicron is the end game for COVID…
    Nature’s solution similar to end of Spanish Flu
    But the key players don’t want to leave the stage…
    Makes no sense to open only to test, trace and lock people up whilst supposedly “keeping the economy open”…
    This current strategy just locks the economy down in a different way…bait and switch…and we’re on the hook…
    It’s mild, get it on, deal with it, move on…
    Nothing more to see here…
    But…the show must go on…pffft.

      • Omicron is nature’s vaccine.

        The best outcome for society right now is to abandon the junk science surrounding the vaccines from big pharma, and have intentional controlled infections of the population with Omicron.

  11. boomengineeringMEMBER

    Police helicopter hovering above atm hailing people to be on the lookout for a 6ft Caucasian wearing a mask.
    Armed with an axe.

  12. Surging cases domestically and the Djokovic case just hughlight how utterly ridiculous current border controls are. Time to dismantle the whole charade.

  13. I'll have anotherMEMBER

    Weren’t these RAT kits developed by a Queensland scientist with a small team over a year ago?

    He tried to sell them to both state and federal governments and they rejected him? Then Trump came and bought every single one he could manufacture?

    Or am I mixing up my technology?

    • no, that’s spot on. Not only that, but the local RAT manufacturers (there are multiple now) were all begging and pleading with Federal LNP for meetings middle of last year and couldn’t even get someone to return their calls. So they signed up supplier deals with other nations.

      You couldn’t actually find a dumber country on the planet if you tried.

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Is true.

      Queenslanders. Morrison probably thought he’d be punishing Pluckaduck by saying no…and in a way he has.

  14. The BystanderMEMBER

    Love this schaudenfreude hitting Scummo like a ton of bricks – exactly what the grub deserves. Followed by a landslide election loss worse than the Libs got in 1972!

    • Thanks for the link. Nobody understands probably and risk like Nassim Taleb. Nice to see some intelligent adults having a discussion.

    • Hey! I found another one!

      (am I doing it right?)

      Reminder for those puzzled about how we got here :
      Pandemic expert Yaneer Bar-Yam, also Complex systems Physicist tells us in the Summer of 2020 that 50% of people with COVID will have the type of heart damage where the heart “tears itself with every beat”

      https://twitter.com/anish_koka/status/1479882631902810116
      Yaneer Bar-Yam is a fear porn-peddling crank.

  15. A big part of this whole mess is that businesses weren’t prepared to move on from ‘COVID Zero’ policies before the government changed to ‘let it rip.’

    Companies are scrambling and suffering analysis paralysis because the workplace regulators like SafeWork and iCare are telling them that workplace transmission of COVID is a reportable incident, so they’re still requiring close contacts to isolate until a negative RAT/PCR result is received. It’s no surprise this has turned into a 💩 show.

  16. rob barrattMEMBER

    So, forgive me for my intellectual shortcomings here. But the story appears to go like this:
    1. You pay a nice $50 gouge fee for your RAT test (or no work allowed…);
    2. Hallelujah! You pass;
    3. Off to work on public transport, where you’re infected by another passenger;
    4. You of course don’t know yet. You’re at work for 3 or 4 days;
    5. (Fact: you start to be infectious around 2 days before symptoms appear)
    6. You infect a few people at work;
    7. Your symptoms break out 2 days later;
    8. You panic, suspect it might be Covid, queue several hours minimum for PCR test (if you can get there) or pay $50 for second RAT (if you can find one);
    9. You’re positive. You tell work;
    10. Panic, fellow workers don’t know if they are infected;
    11. Isolation for them;
    12. They’re ordered to get test or RAT (If they can find one) or no work;
    13. Meanwhile, one or two of them had infected others (branch back to 1 ) above);
    14. You’re sick. You manage to get someone you know to go to the supermarket for you;
    15. Too bad. No food. Everyone is in isolation.

    Get the picture?
    The answer to all our woes is, of course, more bureaucracy. That’ll fix it…

    • I met with one of my team members on Monday morning. Tuesday we all went back to WFH as far as possible. This morning he emails to say he had a sore throat and tested positive with a RAT this morning. So I could be at Step 6. We were only together in my office for about ten minutes and we were wearing masks though, so I’m hoping not as my goal is to be the last unvaccinated and uninfected person on earth.

  17. People champing at the bit to have Morrison removed and continually pressing for it have no idea the situation you will create.

    Western Australia had democratic norms that had served them in an exemplary fashion for a century, ripped out at a moments notice, despite promises not to do so, because the victory was so enormous for the other side.

    The landslide victory your campaigning will deliver for “the other side” (bear in mind here I am not in camp Labor or camp Liberal or camp Green, but nevertheless those two are the other side to the Liberals), will usher in the most devastating and irreversible changes Australia has ever seen.

    Expect Merkel like treatment of our nation and population.
    You have been warned, but you will not listen, so you will have to see it come true… at all of our expense.

    NOT having one of the majors or the Greens in positions of overwhelming power are essential to the good governance of this nation.

    • RobotSenseiMEMBER

      There is literally no other choice in this country:
      * Libs are now corrupted beyond all recognition; it is a free-for-all contract, water, energy, natural gas, and corporate socialism “game of mates”;
      * Greens follow up one interesting idea with ten of straight idiocy and give you flashbacks to uni market days where “LGBTQI DJ classes” were offered and they all wailed when VSU came in because how else would these classes be paid for?
      * you then have a bunch of straight-up narcissist parties (PHON, UAP, LD’s) who have no policy platform, no credibility and no party structure which like dicephalic parapagus twins could not be successfully separated from the fragile egos of their “leaders”

      This lives the ALP as the unpalatable least-worst option, unless you have an independent in your electorate who isn’t otherwise a right wing hack double-agent or carries an Anglo double-barrelled surname meaning they were too radical even for the Greens in a previous lifetime.

      Yeah, it all looks like a Coles meat section right now, preeeeeetty barren. But 8 years of Coalition rubbish politics later and, for people my age and younger – what does this government give us to be optimistic about? House prices through the nose, eight years of no wage growth, non-existent job security, open discussion of the mass migration phenomena happening again… frankly, I won’t see myself voting for this sounder of economic vandals in my lifetime.

      • rob barrattMEMBER

        The function of democracy is to ensure you can change the b^^^tards frequently. They don’t become politicians in order to emulate Mother Teresa (and for the handful that might have done, the system soon corrupts them).
        It would be a complete mistake to expect anything from any of them, assuming of course we’re not allowed to put Thomas Jefferson’s observation about “fearing the people” into practice.

      • This leaves the ALP as the unpalatable least-worst option

        Absolutely wrong.

        You should rank the bastards based on most recent damage to Australia. Unknown independents have done zero damage, so they must be voted above the big 3.

        Pauline and Palmer have done less recent damage to our country than have LiberalOrLabor and Greens. So vote Pauline and Palmer higher than the big 3.

        Put the big 3 last in whatever order you can stomach.

        • Put the big 3 last in whatever order you can stomach.

          A handful of exceptions apart, this is the only part that matters, and the part RobotSensei was talking about.

    • Well that’s terrifyingly vague. Could you be a bit more specific about the hypothetical horror that probably the most milquetoast Alternative Liberal Party in recent memory is going to unleash on Australia ?

      I mean, if you wanted to pick the political party from the last quarter-century least likely to make any significant changes in power, contemporary Labor would be the winner, and daylight would be second. We’d be lucky to see them implement policies they campaigned on, let alone anything else.

      (And I think you’ll find, more often than not, Labor and Liberals are on the same side.)

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      Be Independent. Vote Independent.

      Get out and help your local Independent. Do it today!

    • “Western Australia had democratic norms that had served them in an exemplary fashion for a century, ripped out at a moments notice, despite promises not to do so, because the victory was so enormous for the other side.”

      If you’re referring to the upper house changes, how were they a “democratic norm?” Removing the weighting for the bush imo wasn’t fair, but I don’t see how it could be viewed as undemocratic.

    • I got them at 3.50 back in May (I think) when it was becoming clear that ScuMo had botched up the vaccine rollout.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      $251- for the Greens to form Government under PM Adam Bandt.

      Money in the bank! 😂🏆🎊

  18. OfficeboyMEMBER

    Yup nice one the risk deserves that sort of return .. and the hedge too plausible given some of the poll screw ups.

  19. As bad as Morrison is Albo manages to be totally invisible and totally useless in making any useful commentary or practical solutions aside from the odd appearance in a fluoro vest.
    Yes people are isolating, but they’ll be back up in a week or so.
    Chill out people.
    Last time I checked the 30% obesity rate mean people should be able to handle a couple of weeks with reduced calorie intake. Surely?