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I was trying to decide if the travel restrictions now are the worst they've been. Currently, the only "free" travel is between SA, Tas and WA but I'm finding it difficult to compare as there's other factors now that weren't there last year.
As an essential traveller, I could move freely last year, albeit at the cost of having to isolate. This year I cannot. I also have to wear a mask travelling, a requirement that wasn't there last year.
Now QLD-Tas/NT/SA/NI.
 

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...and here we go again, with the Queensland hospitals for Queenslanders. I say for the umpteenth time, that these restrictions are inhumane, disproportionate, and lacking in common sense and humanity. Just appalling behaviour.
 

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...and here we go again, with the Queensland hospitals for Queenslanders. I say for the umpteenth time, that these restrictions are inhumane, disproportionate, and lacking in common sense and humanity. Just appalling behaviour.
Queensland hospitals aren’t just for Queenslanders, and the article doesn’t say that at all. But cases like this seem to have the rules applied first then they get reviewed and hopefully exempted rather than having a review done at the get go.
 

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And here is another example of border restriction over-reach.
"Under an extreme risk classification, the only people allowed into WA will be certain Commonwealth and state officials and people with specialist jobs. It will no longer be possible for West Australians to return on compassionate grounds."

How on earth can anyone possibly think this is OK?
 

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Queensland hospitals aren’t just for Queenslanders, and the article doesn’t say that at all. But cases like this seem to have the rules applied first then they get reviewed and hopefully exempted rather than having a review done at the get go.

Not in those exact words, maybe, but the meaning is clear to all. Queensland hospitals are obviously not for sick babies from the northern coast of NSW. It is not practicable for a sick breastfed baby to have its mother forced into hotel quarantine for 14 days. And self funded means many just cannot afford it. This is what the article does say:
"Chris Ingall, a paediatrician in Lismore, NSW, said he was concerned border complications were placing infants' and children's lives at risk. Dr Ingall said it felt like déjà vu from a similar situation in 2020. Even last weekend we had four babies and children who required emergency care.
Three of those four we had to send down to Newcastle because Queensland Health dictated that the parent would have to go into separate, self-funded hotel accommodation for two weeks of quarantine away from their child."
 

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No idea.

People conditioned by 18 months of propaganda?

I believe Australia now has the most draconian and inhumane restrictions of virtually any country in the world, and most definitely in the developed world.

Yet we are having a few hundred cases a day, virtually no deaths amongst those who haven’t had the chance to be vaccinated, have one of the most advanced health systems in the world and have a high rate of vaccination.

It’s incredible that people have been conditioned so much that they believe what’s being done justifies the risk.
 

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And surprise surprise NSW falls straight into the new EXTREMMMMMEEEE!!! category WA created just for them, special little Friday gift with love from Master McGowan ❤️

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WA’s door to residents stuck in NSW to slam shut on Wednesday​

West Australians in NSW will have until midnight on Wednesday to apply to fly to their home state before the eastern jurisdiction is reclassified as an “extreme risk” for COVID-19.

The WA government created the new extreme risk category last week – when a state or territory has a rolling five-day average of more than 500 virus cases per day – where only defence, state, and federal officials can travel back to WA. Very few compassionate travel exemptions would be allowed.

 

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No idea.

People conditioned by 18 months of propaganda?
I would suggest it goes deeper than this. Australia has long been a nanny country. Some of the OH&S stuff is patently ridiculous but if you have a population that's accustomed to ridiculous, it's so much easier to sell more ridiculousness.
I believe Machievelli covers it somewhere in The Prince. Basic principle being that if you conquer a country where the people are oppressed, it's simpler and easier to keep them that way, as that's what they are used to.
 

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No idea.

People conditioned by 18 months of propaganda?
Does anyone have a clear explanation why domestic quarantine was abandoned as a "treatment" of the risk of someone having covid travelling from interstate?

I can understand say cross-infection as has happened in Qld where they mixed domestic and international quarantine. With that issue hopefully sorted I think Qld still does paid hotel quarantine for travellers from a hotspot/hot State.

I think NT partly put it aside for a few days when they lacked capacity (and I think had 19 households/locations used as home quarantine) and I also know they were miffed at being used as a half-way house as well.

But still not sure why some States won't allow domestic quarantine for say bona fide returning residents. I guess the main examples are SA and Vic recently and now WA.
 

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But still not sure why some States won't allow domestic quarantine for say bona fide returning residents.
It's pretty simple.

Governments have wed their political futures to zero COVID and will therefore take zero risk.

Some would say that they are only behaving on the expectations of the population, but the fact is that the governments themselves set those expectations through the course of last year.
 

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It's pretty simple.

Governments have wed their political futures to zero COVID and will therefore take zero risk.

Some would say that they are only behaving on the expectations of the population, but the fact is that the governments themselves set those expectations through the course of last year.
OK - accept your point but a bit incongruent policy.

OK for international quarantine (from countries with Delta - after a pre-flight test) and not ok for domestic quarantine from high risk or extreme risk States (even if a State adds a pre-flight / day 1 test).
 

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OK - accept your point but a bit incongruent policy.

OK for international quarantine (from countries with Delta - after a pre-flight test) and not ok for domestic quarantine from high risk or extreme risk States (even if a State adds a pre-flight / day 1 test).
I completely agree with you. It is non-sensical.
 

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And here is another example of border restriction over-reach.
"Under an extreme risk classification, the only people allowed into WA will be certain Commonwealth and state officials and people with specialist jobs. It will no longer be possible for West Australians to return on compassionate grounds."

How on earth can anyone possibly think this is OK?
The best way if you are an average Joe who needs to get to WA is to get yourself to Kabul Airport, preferably airside.
 

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