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    Australian state border restrictions

    I live here, but feel more and more like a stranger.
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    Australian state border restrictions

    Especially the unbelievably racist undercurrent about India.
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    Australian state border restrictions

    I was caught up in that as well. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get back East!
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    Australian state border restrictions

    There's a strange correlation to Australia pre-Federation when Victoria was all for tariffs - placing them on intercolonial trade within Australia on manufactured and agricultural products. NSW, on the other hand, was for free trade. NSW won out with the provision in the constitution against...
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    Australian state border restrictions

    I do wonder whether the prospect of full planes from Sydney and Melbourne overflying WA on their way to Bali/Thailand/Vietnam will change the political climate in WA.
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    Australian state border restrictions

    I think this is a lot of bluff by AP and her ample spin staff. She effectively blamed the NRL decision on the CHO (thus rewriting Westminster ministerial responsibility - but that's another whole discussion). CHO gets booted upstairs soon and I'm beginning to think that she'll pivot at that...
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    Australian Reports of the Virus Spread

    Militant union official speaks out....
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    Australian state border restrictions

    A lot of power in those words!
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    Australian state border restrictions

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-24/qld-border-to-remain-closed-until-end-of-october/100402714 So 10 weeks or 70% vaccinated before the border opens. Casey Briggs (ABC), rather optimistically I think, has the 70% in Qld occurring on 8th October. So there is some hope. Though Mackay and...
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    The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Australia has begun

    I'm a bit mystified by the disparity between Covidlive and Casey Briggs on the ABC about this.
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    Bonus 1,000 Qantas points, 15 status credits or $20 flight voucher if fully vaccinated against COVID-19

    Will this correlate with proof of vaccination for travel in the future?
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    Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

    In this case it is a matter of Reader Response Theory... read it how you want.
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    Australian Reports of the Virus Spread

    It's disgraceful. I'm surprised the tourism industry (or what's left of it) hasn't been applying the blow torch today after the PM's discovery of some backbone yesterday.
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    Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

    Well placed leverage to keep the ball rolling and make certain premiers increasingly irrelevant. (or am I just hoping here?).
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    Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

    I can only strongly agree about WA as the iron ore price collapses (and the AUD tanks!). WA has had hard economic crashes following mining booms before. The gold rush; late 19th cent boom; 1960s/early 70s boom (Poseidon anyone?); the early 80s boom; and now the China boom (parts 1 & 2)...
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