Aussie Expat formerly in HK, now in UK: “I was there ……. And what a privilege !!! Your beauty, Ash, has there ever been a more sympathetic and down to earth Australian champion? Maybe only Goolagong.
StBob: “I went to bed at the end of the first set and followed on Twitter and when Barty lost the second I turned it off and fell asleep. I’m glad my time away for the deciding third set gave him something more to gain. We have all done our part.
Mitchell31: “Finally, a new name for the Melbourne Tennis Center that no one would argue with.”
The ‘lie’ at the heart of Australia’s COVID-19 strategy
Have we gone too far in managing pandemic risk – and now vaccine deployment? In his opinion piece, “The lie at the heart of Australia’s de facto COVID-19 strategy is about to be exposed,” Nine News political editor Chris Uhlmann argued that Australian politicians had to take back control from health experts. “The disease cannot be eliminated. So, this might be a good time to stop talking about a pandemic and get people used to the idea that it is an endemic disease, ”he wrote. While some readers praised Uhlmann for questioning ‘the 2020 irrational fear frame of mind,’ others said it was premature to consider allowing the disease to circulate.
JC: “It’s good to see mainstream journalists starting to question the narrative. gives me hope.
Dr Oetker Reine: “Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for expressing what so many people have been thinking and saying for so long without being heard!” We need more voices like yours to finally turn this 2020 irrational fear frame of mind into a way forward. “
SC: “Ask any expert to ‘guarantee’ safety and they will take an extreme stance to try to cover all possible outcomes, but with a little common sense and some overall thinking (economic and mental health) you can find something much more sustainable and beneficial for the community. “
Tjerk Düsseldorf: “As one of the thousands of Australians unable to return home to visit family and friends in the indefinite future, I am delighted to read Chris’s opinion piece which is refreshing in out of step with most of what I’ve read from Australia. Living in Europe with hundreds of millions of people who don’t have the luxury of fantasizing about eradicating what is now an endemic virus, we There is growing astonishment at the near-totalitarian state of mind that has gripped Australia’s political leaders, and history will not be kind to them.
Katepaul: “Brilliant. The precautionary principle governs not only COVID-related issues, but just about every aspect of life. It holds back progress and innovation. Fundamentally, our lives are tainted by bureaucrats.”
mopsy: “What number of deaths is acceptable? If the virus hits, the economy will stagnate – there will be a choice lockdown that will be indefinite. Australia has taken the right approach to foreclosure. The real disaster was and still is in the care of the elderly, epidemics due to hotel quarantine (although authorities tell us they are 99 percent perfect), vaccine rollout failure and the supposedly reluctance caused by deliberate media hype and federal government communication failure. I would defer to epidemiologists rather than businessmen, journalists and politicians at all times. “
pgr: “The whole point of the article is that we shouldn’t be relying on a panel of experts for a multi-faceted problem. We elect politicians who should listen to epidemiologists, businessmen, etc. and make a decision that balances interests. “
tflip: “The last time I looked, scientists were offering unbiased ‘advice’ to democratically elected politicians who could take it or leave it. Or in the case of ScoMo, twist it. Anyway, nothing totally totalitarian about it.
KateN: “What the author forgets here – or does not know, because he is not an expert!” – is that the nature of this disease is revealed only gradually; in addition there are mutations which also change it. How deadly can it be, and does it become, and what the long term effects may be, is what is discovered over time. The author writes as if all of these things were known. They are not.”
pebbles: “What lie? That elimination of community transmission is the best interim management strategy until sufficient numbers are vaccinated to ensure herd immunity? Because that’s what we’ve been told, that’s what we see around us, and it’s not a lie. I doubt anyone who thinks the virus will be eradicated from the planet. We just want to be protected (with vaccines) before it gets in here. “
Tigman: “The problem with letting it rip is you have to be prepared to be one of the dead.”
A decade after plain packaging
Ten years ago, the Rudd and Gillard governments won an uphill battle to introduce plain packaging for cigarette packages. A decade later, political reporter Rachel Clun, who deals with health issues in Canberra, reviewed the results. While other factors such as an increase in excise duties on tobacco were also recognized, several health experts interviewed said that the plain packaging legislation, introduced by the then Minister of Health, Nicola Roxon, had an immeasurable impact on the decrease in smoking. While some readers have debated the effectiveness of dull olive brown cans, others have suggested their own ideas for reducing smoking rates.
BryanSM: “I will always thank Roxon for the plain packaging, it was the last straw that made me quit. 8 years later, I can’t stand the smell of cigarettes anymore.
simoni: “When I was a teenager in the 1970s, almost everyone smoked, and there was absolutely no social stigma attached to it. Today, many of my friends’ relatives, as well as a number of my classmates themselves, have died from smoking-related illnesses. I think as Australians we can be very proud to have been pioneers in bringing in such wonderfully effective legislation.
Resident concerned: “I would say the massive price hikes had more impact than these pictures.”
damist: “In my own experience, it had absolutely no impact on my smoking habit, nor did it hide them in locked cupboards. What helped me were mainly health issues, but soaring tobacco prices have also helped 🙂 I don’t know how much cigarettes cost these days, but I’m sure it’s not enough.
Saintdicko: “Pay to die. Literally the dumbest “habit” of the human race. Tax them to the point of oblivion. From the son of chain-smoking parents who are still too dumb to realize how much money they waste and how much they stink.
Bev: “The only thing that will raise taxes more is greater profits for organized crime, as more and more people are turning to chop chop. History has shown us that taxing items beyond a certain point simply creates a black market. “
Beatrice: “In addition to the ‘gray’ market, the price hikes have forced most smokers to buy their own roll-your-own products which are inherently more dangerous and have a greater correlation with oral and throat cancer. I am not denying that smoking is harmful. It is. But please, let’s stop treating smokers like outcasts, devoid of any ability to rationally decide how to spend their money.
Mrs. Patonga: “As a former smoker (totally addicted to the chain) anything that will help you not to smoke is welcome. When I started in the mid-1970s, it was 67 cents for a pack of 20 Marlboro. And it was advertised as glamorous, with sexy ads, blah blah. When I quit in 2008 it was hitting about $ 12 and up for a pack of Dunhill 20. Now it’s about $ 2 per cigarette. But I still see young people smoking and I wonder why? It is no longer “glamorous” or affordable. The why is because it’s so addicting.
Peter Finlayson: “It’s time to set a date (say January 1, 2015) and ban anyone born after that date from buying a tobacco product.
JB: “We should use tobacco like methadone – only available from pharmacists for registered addicts with a medical prescription. “
AK: “Alcohol is exactly the same … an addictive product with multiple risks and harmful consequences for health and kills not only the drinker but also the innocent … including children. Put the warning labels and excessive taxes on alcohol (and sugar for that matter) and then I’ll accept that governments are more concerned about health than they really are.
Carla Lynch: “Could we have a follow-up article on the number of vaping users, the risks and health concerns of vaping and what needs to be done. I suspect that part of the fall in tobacco has been a switch to vaping (electronic cigarettes).
Miss tickle: “All the kids in our area know which stores sell vaping products – 12 year olds are addicted to fairy yarn / candy flavored vape. The tobacco industry has found a new way around the system and wins again Legislation cannot keep up.
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