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Businesses maybe, but the electorate still seems behind him. Going to need an iron ore company to turn!
They’re fighting their own battles with FIFO workers bringing in Covid and huge numbers of “close contacts” in quarantine. Which is why the mining companies will put on a lot of pressure! Especially to reduce quarantine time by half and/or until a negative RAT.
 

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Businesses maybe, but the electorate still seems behind him. Going to need an iron ore company to turn!
Even doctors in WA as a group are 50/50 (whether WA should have opened on 5/2 ) and 40/60 (whether AMA(WA) should now lobby for 5/2 opening to be reinstated)

 

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They’re fighting their own battles with FIFO workers bringing in Covid and huge numbers of “close contacts” in quarantine. Which is why the mining companies will put on a lot of pressure! Especially to reduce quarantine time by half and/or until a negative RAT.

So, they'd be happy with exemptions to rules, rather than actual border openings?
 

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So, they'd be happy with exemptions to rules, rather than actual border openings?
I don’t know about that. Today’s news item was only about the numbers in quarantine and the effect it was having on being able to continue mining operations. Not so subtly inferring, I guess, the possibility of operations having to cease and the economic flow on that would cause.
 

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I don’t know about that. Today’s news item was only about the numbers in quarantine and the effect it was having on being able to continue mining operations. Not so subtly inferring, I guess, the possibility of operations having to cease and the economic flow on that would cause.

If a significant operation were to threaten to close I can see some changes being made. The spin doctoring will be something to behold.

P.S. I'm going for a late March/early April opening, but earlier would suit me!
 

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I don’t know about that. Today’s news item was only about the numbers in quarantine and the effect it was having on being able to continue mining operations. Not so subtly inferring, I guess, the possibility of operations having to cease and the economic flow on that would cause.

There’s also a massive massive issue with loadings because no one wants to work in WA with all the restrictions… but everyone’s gagged and can’t talk about it. It’s rumoured the WA government (WA taxpayer) is ‘contributing’ to help… 😆
 
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So, they'd be happy with exemptions to rules, rather than actual border openings?
That seems to be the story with so many of the restrictions, all the way around the country. People are happy....as long as it doesn't affect them.
 

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Ummm everywhere you look these days 😂

Case in point

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Pressure mounts on WA border as more executives flee east​


Leading West Australian businessman Richard Goyder is the latest Perth-based chief to quit his home state due to the delayed border reopening.

This Saturday, WA was meant to remove its hard border and join the rest of Australia in allowing travel free of quarantine, instead a spectacular late night backflip saw tens of thousands of Australians stranded yet again across state borders.

This comes as business begins relocating key workforces out of Perth while covid spreads around WA leading more and more WA residents to question ‘nonsensical’ border closures as ‘irrelevant and irresponsible’.

Alan Joyce today speaking out strongly about this particular case.

 

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Pressure is ratcheting up from all fronts as the outbreak continues to grow in WA, which has severely damaged the rationale for border restrictions

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‘Far-reaching impacts’: WA’s tough border rules will hurt foreign student numbers into the future​


Western Australia will suffer a huge disadvantage to the eastern states over its limited acceptance of foreign students in the wake of its continued border measures, StudyPerth has warned as the fallout from WA's border chaos continues.

The McGowan government recently told education institutes that the delay in the border reopening will mean that most foreign students will be prevented from returning to WA campuses in semester 1.

“It has obviously put WA at an enormous disadvantage compared to other Australian states in the international education sector.

“This will have far-reaching impacts both financially and emotionally for many people.”

 

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With more large companies turning the screws on McGowan its probably not too far away from crumbling hopefully

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As top end of town abandons him, McGowan finds himself on wobbly economic tracks​


It’s been a torrid week for Mark McGowan, who has seen friends in high places turn in a way that has been alien to him and his WA Labor government – not just for the two years of the pandemic but since his election in 2017.

The public flaying he has copped from the likes of Wesfarmers CEO Rob Scott, AFL/Woodside/Qantas chair Richard Goyder, and – via daily scathing editorials in his newspaper – magnate Kerry Stokes has left the Premier feeling wounded as polls suggest more and more residents are supportive of re-opening the state borders.

The complete absence of any plan and the vacuum of uncertainty left in its wake, has put the first serious ding in the Premier’s pandemic armour.

McGowan had made a deal with the public – get vaccinated and we will open borders. He broke it and the failure to outline a viable plan has left institutions and families in limbo.

 
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It does now seem to be true that WA will permit locked-out residents to return from 5th Feb. My niece, who is a WA resident, with family (parents and siblings at the family home in WA) and had been unable to return home for months following a brief period working at a remote station in north Qld (3 hours from Townsville.) She planned to return to WA before Christmas, but due to several factors was unable to set off (driving) before WA slammed the border closed to her.

So she has been staying with us in Brisbane for the last 2 months. When the WA authorities announced that WA residents and people with strong family connections would be allowed in from 5th December, she applied for a pass which was immediately rejected with a note to try applying again after 5th Feb. Today, after hearing a friend in a similar situation had applied and been approved for return home to WA, she applied again and was approved for arrival into WA from 5th Feb.

Now she is busy planning the return trip, which will include towing her empty horse float (her horse was transported home in December with a commercial equestrian transport company as she had no idea how long she would be stuck outside WA)) back from Brisbane to her home about 1.5 hours outside Perth. Of course she expects to be home quarantining for 2 weeks upon return, where she has separate accommodation on a large rural property.

While here in Queensland, she had to arrange for her pregnant horse to be transported back to WA where it has since given birth to a foal she has only met via video calls with the person she has had to pay to look after it. She also applied for a job (with federal government agency) which she was offered the position but was unable to make it back to WA to commence the in-take training. She is now hoping that another job application which has been progressing through the lengthy review process will result in a new career when she arrives back home.

I can't imaging how she would have survived if she didn't have relatives here to live with for the last 2 months. She would have been living out of her car, probably sleeping in the horse float wherever she could find a safe place to park.

She is greatly relieved to have been approved to go home!
 

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It does now seem to be true that WA will permit locked-out residents to return from 5th Feb. My niece, who is a WA resident, with family (parents and siblings at the family home in WA) and had been unable to return home for months following a brief period working at a remote station in north Qld (3 hours from Townsville.) She planned to return to WA before Christmas, but due to several factors was unable to set off (driving) before WA slammed the border closed to her.

I believe they started processing post 5 Feb applications yesterday.
 

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It does now seem to be true that WA will permit locked-out residents to return from 5th Feb. My niece, who is a WA resident, with family (parents and siblings at the family home in WA) and had been unable to return home for months following a brief period working at a remote station in north Qld (3 hours from Townsville.) She planned to return to WA before Christmas, but due to several factors was unable to set off (driving) before WA slammed the border closed to her.

So she has been staying with us in Brisbane for the last 2 months. When the WA authorities announced that WA residents and people with strong family connections would be allowed in from 5th December, she applied for a pass which was immediately rejected with a note to try applying again after 5th Feb. Today, after hearing a friend in a similar situation had applied and been approved for return home to WA, she applied again and was approved for arrival into WA from 5th Feb.

Now she is busy planning the return trip, which will include towing her empty horse float (her horse was transported home in December with a commercial equestrian transport company as she had no idea how long she would be stuck outside WA)) back from Brisbane to her home about 1.5 hours outside Perth. Of course she expects to be home quarantining for 2 weeks upon return, where she has separate accommodation on a large rural property.

While here in Queensland, she had to arrange for her pregnant horse to be transported back to WA where it has since given birth to a foal she has only met via video calls with the person she has had to pay to look after it. She also applied for a job (with federal government agency) which she was offered the position but was unable to make it back to WA to commence the in-take training. She is now hoping that another job application which has been progressing through the lengthy review process will result in a new career when she arrives back home.

I can't imaging how she would have survived if she didn't have relatives here to live with for the last 2 months. She would have been living out of her car, probably sleeping in the horse float wherever she could find a safe place to park.

She is greatly relieved to have been approved to go home!

Sad story but with a potentially OK ending.

Isn't however it hard for a 'horse' to become pregnant? I thought that was a situation that mares found themselves in.
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Sad story but with a potentially OK ending.

Isn't however it hard for a 'horse' to become pregnant? I thought that was a situation that mares found themselves in.
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well, I am not an equestrian expert, but my niece refers to be 4-legged friend as her "horse" so I was using the term in its non-gendered generic sense. The foal is a boy horse ;).
 

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I believe they started processing post 5 Feb applications yesterday.
That would make sense. When she applied about a week ago with a "denied" response, the information stated to re-apply after 5th Feb, implying but not categorically stating, they would not consider applications until then.
 

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well, I am not an equestrian expert, but my niece refers to be 4-legged friend as her "horse" so I was using the term in its non-gendered generic sense. The foal is a boy horse

OT and I'm no vet, but i always understood that horse was a non gendered term for the species. Given that female horses are Mares, males horses are Stallions and neutered stallions are called geldings.
 

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PER feeling the pinch and losing and shutting T1 domestic from this weekend with all VA flights moved to T2. T3 will now only operate from 3.30am to 8am on weekdays for FIFO services.




Perth Airport announces closure of some terminals​


Perth Airport will lose some terminals to reduce operating costs after continued low passenger numbers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The domestic Terminal 1 will be closed from the weekend with all Virgin Australia flights forced into Terminal 2. Terminal 3 will only operate from 3.30am to 8am on weekdays for some FIFO services as the recent backflip on border restrictions bites.

Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said the WA border closures had been catastrophic for the aviation sector in WA, including Perth Airport.

 

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Perth Airport announces closure of some terminals​


Perth Airport will lose some terminals to reduce operating costs after continued low passenger numbers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The domestic Terminal 1 will be closed from the weekend with all Virgin Australia flights forced into Terminal 2. Terminal 3 will only operate from 3.30am to 8am on weekdays for some FIFO services as the recent backflip on border restrictions bites.

Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said the WA border closures had been catastrophic for the aviation sector in WA, including Perth Airport.

Are lounges open? I'm guessing no QF lounge access to VA passengers (with VA or PER paying).
 

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