“Airline passengers potentially infected with coronavirus were able to fan out across the country last month without immediate follow-up in some places, as details from the government’s isolation declaration cards were not universally passed on.”
As a police probe begins into the Ruby Princess, details emerge about other gaps in Australia’s quarantine response, including the use of isolation declaration cards.
Britain being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as Boris Johnson remains in hospital. Cyclone Harold wreaks havoc on Pacific islands. Authoritarian and anti-democratic regimes try to control Covid-19 information. Coronavirus pandemic and international emissions targets.
“Earlier this year, I wrote that I feared the situation in China would become the reality across the rest of the world in March and April. That, unfortunately, is now what is unfolding before our very eyes. But if there is to be a third wave of this crisis, it will now be what happens in much of the developing world – including on Australia’s own doorstep.”
“The federal parliament came out of hibernation midweek to commit a mind-boggling $130 billion to saving the jobs of millions of workers. But there is a six-month limit on the emergency wage subsidies, with Scott Morrison desperate for a way out of the economy-destroying containment of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Right after Sarah Ferguson on ABC TV added to suspicions that George Pell is a child molester, revealing there are several civil claims against the cardinal waiting in the wings, the High Court has gone and upset the apple cart with some complicated thinking about “reasonable doubt … unchallenged evidence … [and] innocence”.
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The Australian government sends arrow prayers aloft as it implements the strategies it believes necessary to save capitalism from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the general population …
Inspired by the interactions between his young daughters, Joe Brumm created a one-minute pilot that would become the kids’ television juggernaut Bluey. Here, he discusses the challenges of writing the show and reminisces about the blue heelers of his childhood. “Each episode has a number of components to make it good … It’s not just about coming up with a funny game.”
I, myself, am generally hopeless at riddles; my brain freezes at brainteasers. For instance, I couldn’t get this rhyming riddle someone sent me recently and had to do a quick internet search so I could get on with my day:
I’m the part of the bird that’s not in the sky.
I can swim in the ocean and yet remain dry.
Like the above couplet, today’s poem rhymes. To my mind the answer is easy. (But then, I wrote it.) I’m more interested in making a good poem than a fiendish riddle. I just want the pieces to fit. That’s all art is, in the end, I suppose – getting the pieces to fit.
“Ode to Billie Joe”.
Three. (Bonus points: Joseph Cook, John Curtin, Ben Chifley.)
Hans Christian Andersen.
“We’re not making it unlawful to go for a run and eat a kebab.”
The West Australian premier emerges as the voice of reason amid the coronavirus panic.
“This is only the opinion of lawyers.”
The 2018 World Cup organiser denies bribes were paid to secure votes for Russia’s bid to host. The opinionated lawyers, from the United States Justice Department, this week set down an indictment against Russia and Qatar.
“I live in a very built-up area in Sydney with high density and here I have windows that can open so I can have the fresh air.”
The New South Wales Arts minister offers an explanation for being found at his $1.3 million holiday house after Premier Gladys Berejiklian told the state to stay home during Easter.
“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth.”
The Vermont senator bows out of the race for the US Democratic nomination.
“For last 2 weeks I’ve had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven’t been tested) & did this on doc husband’s advice. I’m fully recovered & technique helped a lot.”
The Harry Potter author spruiks a technique known as “controlled coughing”, which experts say could actually help spread Covid-19. Obviously, these “experts” have never heard of an Impervius Charm.
“Sorry I’m not dressed a bit better, but I didn’t expect this.”
The cardinal greets camera crews who stopped him at a service station on the way to Sydney. Presumably his apology also extended to families who had to navigate the Melbourne Response.