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Link: “Australia makes world-class mess of its vaccine rollout”

Original post found at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/australia-makes-world-class-mess-of-its-vaccine-rollout-1.4630872

The Irish Times does a good job calling out those responsible for Australia’s current Covid mess. The only thing I would add is that not all Australians are even free to choose whether or not to “wait for Pfizer”; sure under-40s can ask their GP about getting AstraZeneca now, but the GP is still free to say no, and for the many small practices that aren’t doing vaccinations themselves, what can your GP do for you anyway – write you a letter? If under-40s could just walk up to a hub and get vaccinated on spec, taking their chances with a blood clot that’s probably less likely to happen than getting hit by a car on your way to the hub in the first place, I think we’d see a high take-up. I certainly would be more likely to do that than deal with the current obstacle course, considering I’m already making so many medical appointments with unfamiliar clinics for other issues right now. (And also, anecdotally, I’ve seen people wondering where the fuck these “surplus doses” even are because in their searches, appointment slots seem all booked up for weeks.)

Privacy and the 2021 Census

In just over two weeks, it’ll be Census night in Australia – that time every five years when every household is asked (in a “let us make you an offer you literally can’t refuse” kind of way) to sit down and fill out a detailed questionnaire about anyone who’s staying there that night. Now to be clear, while it’s easy to snark about the draconian penalties levied …

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Link: “Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/plans-of-four-g20-states-are-threat-to-global-climate-pledge-warn-scientists

Australia has been called out, along with Russia, China and Brazil for effectively not having climate change policies (as in, whatever policies these countries do have are so laughably weak that we would see a 5°C rise in temperatures if the rest of the world adopted the same).

Link: “A bunch of mayors wanted better trains, so they won Brisbane the 2032 Olympics”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-25/how-a-poor-train-system-brought-the-olympics-to-brisbane/100321350

To be fair, what I keep hearing from Brisbanites is that their current public transport services fucking suck, haha. Some may say it’s a little excessive to win an Olympic Games bid just to win an argument to improve them, but desperate times call for desperate measures

According to the ABC, some guy in Perth tied sheets together and threw them out the window to escape from his hotel quarantine room… like literally climbed down the sheets like in some cartoon. 🤯

Wiki: alcohol in Victoria

This page is a quick history of alcohol licensing laws in Victoria, and some of their social impacts. A number of these points will be shared or mirrored by developments elsewhere in Australia and New Zealand, but my family consists of generations of Victorians, so Victoria is mostly what I know 🙂 So, let’s begin.

In the colonial era, there was minimal regulation of alcohol and so liquor …

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Wiki: King O’Malley

King O’Malley was a prominent politician in Australia in the first couple of decades after Federation. He is well-known for his involvement in the early ALP, the significant role he played in the building of Canberra, and his strongly teetotaling politics.

O’Malley was born in Kansas, probably on 2 July 1858, although there is some doubt (at some point he started celebrating his …

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For some reason they had Jeroen Weimar give a whole press conference where he didn’t announce any lockdowns, and then almost as soon as that ended the ABC said we’re going back into lockdown. Considering I already thought it was inevitable I’m just relieved they’ve finally declared it (or at least, uhh, leaked it to the media). More details to come later this afternoon.

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