The government will go to great lengths to claim credit for economic recovery, but any serious economist knows when we have a recession as deep and destructive as Australia’s, of course, the economy will recover.
Josh Frydenberg will pretend that it was his genius that saw it happen, but most economists know that from such a very low base, there will of course be a substantial recovery in quarterly GDP. I don’t think any objective observer of the way the government is implementing this stimulus would say that they are doing everything right. They don’t do everything wrong, but they also don’t have everything right.
We are calling for a wage subsidy and we are happy when the government changes its mind and brings it in, but that doesn’t mean that it has been implemented perfectly. Too many people are excluded. Too many people in the unemployed queue are being intentionally removed from jobkeepers by the government. This means that the unemployment queue is longer than it should be and we will have problems with unemployment and underemployment for longer than we would like.
South Australian health authorities urged anyone visiting Flinders University and three other “high-risk” locations to be tested for the coronavirus as soon as a man who tested positive for Covid-19 violated mandatory home quarantine and roamed “in and out” of Adelaide.
Although there are no new coronavirus cases to be announced on Sunday, the SA’s chief health officer, Prof Nicola Spurrier, revealed a “worrying turn of events” at a press conference.
He said anyone attending the Institute of Intensive English at Flinders University between November 13 and 28 will need to be tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms, and self-isolate until they receive the results.
Authorities also asked anyone visiting the Flinders University Sturt campus at the same time to take the test as soon as possible.
The order also applies to anyone visiting Big W Brickworks in Torrensville on November 22 between 12.15-12.50; Foodland in Norwood on November 22 between 13.20-2.00; and Kmart in Kurralta Park on November 22 between 14.45-15.10.
The warning came after a contact tracer interviewing a man in his 30s – one of two new Covid-19 announced on Saturday – learned that he violated his home quarantine requirements on November 22 to visit the site.
The man caught the virus while attending classes at the language institute in early November. Another Saturday case was a child who came from a real family at the center of the Parafield outbreak.
The man is a regular contact of a confirmed Covid-19 case, and because of the SA’s crackdown to disperse the Parafield cluster, is supposed to be one of at least 4,000 residents under home quarantine.
“When I spoke yesterday, my initial understanding was that the cases are in quarantine and of course they are considered regular contacts at the Intensive English Language Institute,” Spurrier said on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, they don’t spend all of their time in quarantine and at one point get out and get out on one day.
“We want you to get tested immediately even though you have no symptoms … the four locations we consider are high risk and we want anyone who has been there at that time and date to be tested.”
As of Sunday, the Parafield cluster stands at 33 cases, with 17 active cases of the coronavirus in the state.
Spurrier said he was concerned about the low number of tests carried out on Saturday – 3,425 – but said this was likely due to people staying at home due to the hot weather.
He also explained the number of South Australians asked for home quarantine had dropped to around 1,900 close contacts or contacts of confirmed cases, as Saturday marked more than 14 days after a large number of Covid-19 alerts forced contact to home quarantine.
Elsewhere in Australia, the restrictions are deep Victoria will ease further after the state recorded its 30th consecutive day without any locally acquired Covid-19 cases.
Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sundays, workplaces currently working from home, such as offices in the CBD, can generate up to 25% of their workforce per location, while standard workplace requirements, including overcrowding limits, continue to apply.
The change means businesses with less than 40 staff can have 10 staff in locations subject to overcrowding quotients, but public service workers will continue to work from home if they are able.
Face coverings are mandatory indoors under the new arrangement, including on public transport, in shared vehicles, hospitals, nursing facilities and shopping. Masks are not required outdoors, unless physical distance cannot be maintained, and Victorians are still required to carry a face mask at all times.
On Sunday, New South Wales recorded no new local cases for 30 straight days, and four new cases in hotel quarantines. Queensland recorded two new cases in hotel quarantine, and Western Australia record one.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second-largest state, Victoria, once a COVID-19 hotspot in the country, said on Friday it had passed 28 days without detecting any new infections, a benchmark widely cited as removing the virus from communities. .
The state also has zero active cases after the last COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital this week, away from August when Victoria recorded more than 700 cases in one day and active infections numbered nearly 8,000.
The spread of the virus can only be contained after a lockdown that lasts more than 100 days, leaving an estimated 5 million people in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, largely confined to their homes.
While the lockdown has seen infections easing, it has slowed Australia’s economic recovery from its first recession in three decades after much of the country’s economy closed in March.
Australia’s economy shrank 7% in the three months to the end of June, the biggest quarterly decline since records began in 1959. The unemployment rate hit a 22-year high of 7.5% in July as businesses and borders were closed to deal with the coronavirus.
However, the slowdown in some cases has seen Australian states and territories lift social distancing restrictions.
Australia’s southern island state of Tasmania on Friday became the latest to open its borders to Victoria, reuniting families who have been apart for months.
“It is very difficult, but we will make up for it. We will go to the beach and have some lovely Tasmanian seafood and some pinot noir, ”Allison Park, a Victorian resident visiting family in Tasmania, told reporters in the city of Hobart after arriving by plane from Melbourne.
Victoria is the last state to gain access to Tasmania, which closed its borders in March.
While Australia is removing restrictions in contrast to other countries in Europe, which impose restrictions to fight a surge in infections, local lawmakers say only an effective vaccine will restore long-standing normalcy.
Australia has had access to four vaccine candidates, but its best hope for a rapid vaccination program lies in the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is already produced locally.
The Australian Government has committed to purchasing 33.8 million doses of the vaccine.
AstraZeneca’s rapid launch came under the microscope, however, as the company said it was likely to run additional global trials to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine.
However, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said this would not delay the timetable that Canberra hopes to start vaccinations from March.
Australia’s nearly 28,000 COVID-19 infections recorded to date, according to health ministry data, are far fewer than many other developed countries. Victoria accounts for more than 90% of the country’s 905 deaths.
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AAP reported that mothers whose children were transferred by the state will tell their stories at an audience that will examine the experiences of indigenous peoples with disabilities in the child protection system.
The week-long trial starting in Brisbane on Monday will hear from 25 witnesses over five days, including several indigenous peoples who have first-hand experience with child protection systems in different states.
Senior advisor assisting the commission, Lincoln Crowley, said he had been repeatedly told that the people involved in the system were not getting the support they needed, and that the neglect was systematic.
In his opening speech, Crowley cited ABS figures showing 22% of First Nations children have a disability, compared to 8% of the general population.
In adulthood, this increases to 48% and 13% respectively.
Crowley said First Nations children were nearly eight times more likely to receive child protection services than non-Indigenous children.
Commissioner Andrea Mason said examinations of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations parents with disabilities and their interactions with child protection systems were largely unseen in previous investigations.
“This week, this changed,” he said.
“We will hear stories about First Nations parents with disabilities and attributes of resilience, courage, perseverance and about their love for their children.”
Chairs Ronald Sackville said that as of June last year, 30,300 children in Australia were in long-term outside home care.
“Of these, more than 40% are First Nation children,” he said.
Sackville says the reasons for overrepresentation are complex, highlighting the legacy of past forced displacement policies and the intergenerational effects of previous segregation.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Tennis Australia says the dates for next year’s Australian Open in Melbourne will be known in two weeks.
Chief executive Craig Tiley responded on Sunday to an unsubstantiated report that the season’s opening grand slam event may be pushed back to February, March or even later.
The tournament is scheduled to start on January 18th. But questions remain regarding quarantine arrangements for players and their entourage – an estimated 2,500 people.
In a statement, Tiley said Tennis Australia “is doing everything we can to finish the tennis summer as quickly as possible.”
“Our aim is to provide the summer in conditions that allow the players to prepare and perform at their best and the fans to enjoy their efforts – all in an environment that is safe for all parties,” he said.
Victoria state Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the government was working to smooth out quarantine issues. The previous government’s reluctance to allow players to arrive before January 1 has been a stumbling block in confirming tournament dates.
With the requirement to complete 14 days in managed isolation, players may not be released until several days before the start of the match.
“We are working closely with the Victorian Government on a plan that takes into account the needs of our players, fans, partners and staff and is of immense benefit to the economies of Victoria and Australia,” said Tiley.
“We are continuing our urgent talks with local health authorities regarding quarantine and biosafety requirements and are confident we will make a decision soon.”
Tiley said TA was very aware of the need for reassurance but also reached a solution with the state government that guarantees the safety of the entire community.
“We hope to announce our ticket sale date as soon as all arrangements with the relevant authorities are finalized and we have more information on crowd size. We estimate the date of this sale is in the next two weeks, “he said.
Tiley said the tournament report may be postponed, even until April, was “speculation.”
Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, was hit badly by COVID-19 during the winter but now 23 days have passed without any new infections.
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