Australian Politics

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More doubts about wet market virus source

From BioRvix comes the new study: In a side-by-side comparison of evolutionary dynamics between the 2019/2020 SARS-CoV-2 and the 2003 SARS-CoV, we were surprised to find that SARS-CoV-2 resembles SARS-CoV in the late phase of the 2003 epidemic after SARS-CoV had developed several advantageous adaptations for human transmission. Our observations suggest that by the time

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China’s wolf warriors devour Australia’s possum pansies

China’s wolf wanker warrior diplomats may be a pack of arseholes. But at least they’ve got a bit of get up and go. By comparison, Australia’s possum pansy diplomats are about as fearsome as a trampled flower bed. At The Guardian today: Australia must work to prevent ties with China slipping into permanent hostility as

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WHO: Coronavirus here forever now

Thanks, Xi Jinping: The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it. “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just

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UQ VC paid to sell out Australia

Unbelievable. Via Domain: Liberal senator James Paterson has taken aim at universities’ reliance on international students, using a speech in Parliament to reveal confidential details about the University of Queensland vice-chancellor’s pay incentives to deepen ties with China. In a late-night speech on Tuesday, Senator Paterson said a whistleblower from the university had given him

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Medicine shortage crushes Aussie ICU capacity

Well oh dear, at Domain: Hospitals are struggling to source drugs including propofol and cisatracurium, used to sedate patients before they are intubated, which are needed to take ICUs to full capacity if there is a second wave of coronavirus infections after restrictions are lifted. “As part of Australia’s COVID-19 response, hospitals are still on

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Immigration extremists turn demagogues

George Megalopolis produced some basic data on the weekend with a very strange conclusion: Australia faces a realignment of the economy at warp speed. Almost a third of the 950,000 jobs lost across the economy since March 14 have been in accommodation and food services. Most were casual positions. They are not easily restored without

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Odds lift for second wave Aussie pandemic

Via the ABC: Concerns over another spike in coronavirus cases have been raised after thousands of people flocked to shopping centres across Australia on Saturday, many flouting social distancing rules. Although the pre-Mother’s Day boom was a welcome lift for the retail industry, it caused alarm over a potential surge in COVID-19 cases after weeks

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Can we trust the WHO to investigate China?

Via SCMP: China says it supports World Health Organisation efforts to investigate the origin of  the Covid-19 pandemic, but rejects any “presumption of guilt”, after the global body said it was talking to Beijing about sending another delegation to the country. The remarks came as Beijing is under mounting international pressure – particularly from the

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UBS: Immigration to 100 year lows as all visas crash

Magnificent! Via UBS: Government suggests ~330k less migrants than expected in the next 18 months With reports suggesting over 300k tourists and temporary residents had already departed Australia by mid-April, and expectations that perhaps another 300k may leave by the end of 2020, a collapse in Australian net overseas migration (NOM) and visitor arrivals is

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Australia’s public service stripped bare by “cult of consultants”

Former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, claims that Australia’s public service is no longer able to function effectively after being stripped bare by years of outsourcing: Speaking to InnovationAus’ Commercial Disco podcast as part of a virtual book tour to promote his political autobiography A Bigger Picture, Mr Turnbull said one of the big challenges facing

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Flip-flopping Labor demands audit into ballooning debt

One week Labor is calling for JobKeeper and JobSeeker to be extended to more than a million temporary migrants, taxpayer bail-outs for all “critical businesses”, taxpayer bail-outs of universities, and taxpayer support for industry superannuation funds that failed to manage liquidity. Now, Labor is calling for an audit into the explosion of federal government debt:

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ScoMo’s virus app a virus itself

Via Crikey’s Bernard Keane: How many Australians have to download the Morrison government’s surveillance app for it to be effective in helping health authorities trace contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19? At least 40% of the population, says Scott Morrison. Not 40%, say bureaucrats from the Department of Health. In fact, they hadn’t suggested

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International student lobbies are treasonous

What other conclusion can you draw from recent behavior. Via SBS: International Education Association of Australia chief executive Phil Honeywell told SBS News allowing international students back into the country could offer more than just economic benefits. “International education is Australia’s fourth-largest export industry which generates nearly 240,000 Australian jobs and is a key revenue

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Australia-China Relations Insititute declares nation undead

Via super-uber-glorious China bull James Laurensceson and his zombie pro-China think tank: Executive Summary – Zombie economic ideas are those that should have been slain by an accumulation of facts and evidence but continue to walk the land, stalking public policy. The Australia-China relationship has its own zombie economic idea: that Australian entities engaging heavily

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COVID-19 mutates, vaccine ain’t coming

This is not super hot news but is an example of the difficulty in confronting the coronavirus longer term, via Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US: Even better news comes from Robert Graham is a biomedical scientist and former executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, at Domain: There are more than

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ScoMo must withdraw funding from UQ

Or threaten to do so until the University of Queensland sacks whoever it needs to to wash out the CCP poison. Via The Australian: The University of Queensland is going to extraordinary lengths to silence its most effective critic, a 20-year-old philosophy student who has campaigned against the university’s tight links with the Chinese Communist

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How Labor should cut immigration

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there was a strong case to cut immigration, which has run at turbo-charged levels for 15 years: First, Australian real wage growth has remained stillborn for nearly 10 years: Australia’s labour underutilisation rate has been stuck at stubbornly high levels: Whereas average monthly hours worked has collapsed to record

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Yes, Sweden stuffed it

They craft great chairs but terrible pandemic responses. A fair observation by Josh Depressionberg today: In his address to the National Press Club, the Treasurer has rejected a Sweden-style open-economy approach to coronavirus, and warned that the crisis will affect different sectors disproportionately.CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC “Respectfully, I disagree,” Josh Frydenberg said regarding Sweden’s model of handling

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Andrew Forrest “groomed” by CCP?

Via Daily Boobs: Beijing may have ‘groomed’ prominent Australians like Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest and Kerry Stokes in the hope they will advance its agenda, a China expert claims. The mining magnate and media mogul drew widespread outrage for calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to dump an inquiry into the origin of coronavirus. Mr Forrest