Politics aside, hasn't almost everything the federal and state government published or said since the pandemic first took hold been questionable, not just non-existing "secured" vaccine supplies? (Re: Craig Thomson's article, Vaccines not secured)
Mixed messages are as damaging as lies. One hasn't forgotten the Ruby Princess or protective equipment shortages to front line medical personnel. We haven't forgotten GPs and deaths in aged homes, or the crackdown on outdoor not indoor closed spaces or public transport - a litany of "statistically" relevant mismanagement - repeated reminders that public comments made by government experts and officials are about self-interest, securing unproven plans, or avoiding public backlash or the appearance of incompetence, not factually informing the public of risk. Masks have only recently been given "official" approval, a year in arrears.
Government experts, shamelessly "statistically" promote eggs in one basket AstraZeneca at the exclusion of Pfizer. They have apparently never personally experienced recurrent near-death clotting events, repeatedly missed by GP clinics tasked with vaccinating based on unknowns, or worse still known rare events, nor have a diagnosed genetic clotting condition which could also extend to undiagnosed relatives. Still, selective GP clinics exclusively promote AstraZeneca to undiagnosed patients mainly based on statistics or to rare individuals potentially at higher risk. Nor do plans exist for them to receive an alternative vaccine without thought to their obvious risk. Victoria alone is bucking the trend.
The language frequently used during the pandemic is about obfuscated government incompetency, legal "risk" mitigation, and statistical and pragmatic, not a personal risk assessment. R Piech, Sans Souci
I read with dismay Craig Thomson's opinion article Vaccines not secured. I would expect someone who can reach so many people through his column would be more positive with his views. I have many friends who have already received their first injection. Young (with medical conditions) and old because they fall into 1A and B and others waiting with fear because of negative commentary such as Craig's. It is possible to have the vaccine in the Shire without any wait time. Remember who sold off our Commonwealth Serum Laboratories? We may be in a much better position if Australia still owned that facility.
Jane Hill, Cronulla
Scott Morrison hates scrutiny (Vaccines not secured). Just ask the bushfire victims how much of the bush fire recovery money they've received. The PM has it neatly tucked in the pork barrel, ready for his next election campaign.
The confusion and misinformation (Vaccines not secured) are palpable. The Morrison government's vaccine rollout is a total mess.
Diana Varcoe Hurst
Scott Morrison has had no idea since the start of the pandemic. If it were up to him, we'd be in the same position as the rest of the world, as there would have been no shutdowns and no closed borders.
What's the basis for AstraZeneca (AZ) to be safe for over 50s when an apparently a healthy 55 yo woman died after AZ this month? Can over 50s in Australia request, Pfizer? There is not enough certainty.
I eagerly await a press conference where Scott Morrison tells us nothing for ten minutes, and we're all left feeling more confused than beforehand.
America is good at voter suppression and its full car park vaccination queues.
With the current local Covid 19 vaccination rollout, and with Anzac Day here, could we not try to beat the Americans at this game?
The AEC knows where you live. Medicare knows your age and your health status, so could they not combine their talents to invite Australians in, in a well-managed, queue free order, to use those School hall Election day polling stations over several weekends to call up in order of age and infirmity, all Australians for their one, two, vaccination injections?
We could even have Anthony Green on the TV each Sunday night, with Norman Swan, to do seat by seat and statewide updates on vaccination trends and totals. The schools could use this opportunity to run some End of Covid season, vaccination day style, fundraising Democracy Sausage Sizzles.
Garry P Dalrymple, Earlwood
The Destruction of suburbia reader letter was a great letter written by another concerned resident, who truly understands the issues this crazy mass over development will cause.
Will there be a pause put in place????
An eye-opening letter that highlights the severity of the issues surrounding over development and factual sentiments echoed by many many residents, while also getting the attention of residents etc., who are unaware or ignorant to understand what's happening in their backyard. Council could certainty do with someone like Mr B Robbins amongst their ranks, with his concerns for the Shire, intelligent insight and refreshing common sense. It's time for Shire residents to unite and take a stance against this insanity that's destroying the area.
Well said, Mr Robbins, outstanding, powerful message.
W Joyce, Sutherland
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the kindhearted soul who handed in my daughter's mobile phone at Miranda train station, which she inadvertently left on a train on Thursday afternoon. As you can imagine, she was very upset and worried about whether she would get her phone back. You saved her and us much stress and time with your act of kindness!
Joanne Butt, Caringbah South
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