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  1. MacGyver

    Orange, NSW

    It’s a tough market for meth to break into with all the heroin, methadone, cocaine, mdma, ketamine, benzodiazepines, gabapentin, cannabis etc etc etc. I really do worry that you’ll return to the UK one day and find the issues you were escaping are as bad (if not worse) when you get there. Perhaps not the same substances being manufactured and used, but the same impact on society.
  2. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Is this in WA Drumbeat? I hadn’t read about reducing to 3 months for the booster - that’s welcome news.
  3. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    95% first dose, 89% second dose, 28% booster shot. That’s for the over 12 population. Like the rest of Australia, fantastic vaccination levels.
  4. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think there’s a lot of crossover in discussions around protection from infection and protection from serious illness. Two shots of Pfizer seems almost useless in preventing infection, but is still very effective in reduction serious illness. The booster shot offers a window of strong protection against infection and a higher protection against serious illness. I heard an interview from Dr Nick Coatesworth discussing this and it was quite interesting.
  5. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    If the reason for staying closed is to increase the booster rate, I don’t understand why they didn’t simultaneously announce a reduction in eligibility for the booster to 3 months after second shot like many eastern states have now done. Currently it is still 4 months from second shot to be eligible - I am coming to the view that the opening is being stalled for reasons not entirely linked to health advice only. The chief health officer looked very uncomfortable defending the decision to delay the border opening during the press conference and I am wondering if the health system is as unprepared as critics have said. I previously dismissed this criticism as political posturing, but it might explain some of the decision making around this. If there was a genuine desire to reopen quickly, boosters would already be available after 3 months, possibly pushing to 2 months if there was appetite to move quickly. If you wanted to delay by several months to throw money at the health system, the current 4 month eligibility would provide a nice opportunity to do so without losing face publicly.
  6. MacGyver

    Mosquitoes

    Does anyone have any advice, hints or tips on preventing mosquito bites? I bug bomb the house, use barrier spray, make sure there’s no standing water, have fly screens, use picaridin based repellent if out at dawn, dusk or dark etc etc. This normally works well for me, but for some reason I’m getting absolutely devoured this year and not sure what I can do differently. I’m not even sure ‘when’ I’m getting bitten given the above. Really keen to hear anyones wisdom on this as unsure what else I can do, or why my routine of several years isn’t working this year and I don’t want to end up with Ross river virus!
  7. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    There’s going to be a variant that breaks through and runs rampant at some point, if not omicron then something else. The only way to have any control over how it happens is to do it when other seasonal illnesses are low (not winter) and when vaccination rates are high and recent. That time is now and maybe the middle ground is reopening but with more social restrictions than eastern states have used, to slow the spread somewhat and lessen the impact on supply chains etc? My view is clouded/biased but there is a risk the border stays closed and there’s a huge outbreak in winter time and health services are overwhelmed. What wasn’t addressed at the press conference is the waning protection from those that are having boosters now. If the border reopening happens in 6 months, that protection will have faded so do we delay again after that?
  8. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The AMA seem to be struggling to make their mind up and often just take the opposite position to the state government so they can criticise the premier. Yesterday they were calling for the reopening to be delayed and this morning the president of the AMA was on the abc criticising the indefinite delay. Ive read very mixed responses and it seems to be a polarising decision. People seem to either be massively supportive of it while others (like me) are strongly against it. I could understand (if not agree) if the decision was to wait until 80% booster shots were given, predict a date when that would happen and then set that as a date to reopen. But the message from the press conference was we have no idea when or if we’ll reopen, with winter surge and other variants listed as possible reasons to delay further. I think that’s the part I have the strongest feelings about and why we’re considering our options regarding state of residence. Decisions happen that we disagree with and that’s life, it’s the premiers job to make those hard calls and I don’t envy him having that responsibility. But in the absence of any certainty around seeing family any time this year (or next??) the only thing we can do is look at other options that give us that certainty.
  9. @paulhand Hi paul, sorry for the direct question but we (citizen and permanent resident) have parents that wanted to visit WA. They have had their visas granted and exemptions processing. Obviously the flight caps and quarantine are a consideration now the border reopening has been delayed, but I am unclear if parents are still permitted to enter WA under the new arrangements post Feb 5? The plan seems contradictory and unclear and I was just hoping you might have some clarity on this - can parents still visit/get an exemption to visit WA?
  10. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I’ve been very supportive up to this point, but I struggle to see the logic of this decision. We’ve done our part, we’re triple vaxxed, check in everywhere, vaccination rates are high, it’s summer time etc - it’s hard to see when there will be a better time to reopen. I’m afraid I can’t support this decision and the open ended nature of it is hard to take.
  11. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I’m very unhappy about this and like you say, no timeframe was given for future opening. When questions were asked the premier was evasive about a timeframe and the chief health officer said winter surge would be a consideration. To me it sounds like it’ll be the second half of the year at the earliest, which is outrageous. The premier also stated that they couldn’t guarantee a fourth shot wouldn’t be needed if circumstances change again in future . It sounds very dramatic but we may consider leaving Western Australia over this.
  12. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It will be interesting to see how many people that claimed to be waiting on this vaccine get it, and how many were using it as something to hide behind but had no intention of getting any vaccine.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think it’s time we acknowledged that the anti vax position is a fringe/minority view in Australia and stop giving it such disproportionate attention in the media and in discussions. A quick glance at the abc vaccine tracker makes this very clear across all age groups in Australia. Vaccination is mainstream, not remotely contentious and has been adopted by a huge majority of the population. When all is said and done, less than 5% of the adult population will be unvaccinated, which will include a cohort that are medically unable to be vaccinated. if a political party had less than 5% support in Australia it would never get the airtime or discussion anti vaccination does. Social media algorithms no doubt play their part, but the debate really is over on this topic, or at least it should be. People can’t get change their mind and get unvaccinated so promoting anti vaccination really is pointless at this stage.
  14. MacGyver

    Do you believe Prince Andrew ?

    I haven’t really followed the story as couldn’t care less about the so called royals. But isn’t the issue that she was under 18 at the time, which is the legal age of consent in the US, therefore legally couldn’t ‘consent’ to sex paid or otherwise?
  15. I suppose it depends on your employer but could you be truthful about the reason for the reference, while being less forthcoming about your timeframe? Talk to them about how you intend to move to Australia at a non specific time in the distant future, lament the fact that Covid has made it very difficult and the process can take years (technically not a lie), you have no intention of going any time soon (also true) but you’re going to get the ball rolling now so it can process in the background over the next few years. Then tell a white lie about how you love your current job so much you might end up staying anyway but it’s good to have options etc and it might never happen anyway. They might not believe you and pass you over for career progression, but you’re leaving anyway so who cares. At least you get an accurate reference in your pocket and they might even surprise you and be supportive.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I would imagine the next generation of vaccines will be focussed on omicron, with Pfizer I think already trialling this. It’s a tricky one, wait for an omicron specific booster later (12 months?) or get infected now while current booster protection is high. I received my booster in December and if they had Covid voluntary infection clinics where you could walk in and catch it, with monitoring over the following 2 weeks (pulse oximeter, temperature etc) I’d probably book an appointment to get infected now rather than wait until an unknown time later when protection is waning.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    52 health staff 0.1% of the workforce quit due to the vaccine mandate (correct as of 17 November) https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.abc.net.au/article/100627686 The 2000 nurses (mentioned earlier) that left the workforce was over a 7 month period, part of normal ebb and flow of staff and prior to the Covid mandate. During that time 1300 nurses were recruited, so staffing levels down but not quite the sensationalist headline some commentators portray
  18. MacGyver

    Shipping Advice

    Re insurance - we used Letton Percival who had a good reputation at the time and were competitively priced. There will be other insurers but might be a good starting point. Always get a few quotes for insurance and shipping (separately), play them off against each other to get the price down and read the fine print!
  19. We currently have face masks at indoor public places and evidence of vaccination required for pubs, clubs, sporting events etc. due to the recent cases. These measures were all listed as part of the reopening plan but are part of the current “normality” so if they decide to just keep the mask mandate running, not much will change when the borders open (other than a jump in case numbers as planned). Whether those measures will be sufficient for the slow burn of Covid they’re hoping for, and whether they’ll hold their nerve and stay open is another discussion entirely.
  20. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think it’s a symptom (poor word choice?) of society as a whole at the moment unfortunately. Grey areas don’t exist anymore, respectful debate a distant memory. Somehow we got to a place where people with opposing views are viewed as the enemy and all opinions they hold should be dismissed/ridiculed. I don’t know how far back it goes but it became glaringly obvious during the US presidential elections with Clinton vs Trump, then Brexit with leave vs remain, then Covid with vaxxed vs unvaccinated, then Trump vs Biden. I don’t know if it’s a social media effect but opposing views are so combative now and each side so dismissive of the other.
  21. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I chose to get vaccinated to protect myself and others against a deadly virus, so there's at least one of us that did it for reasons other than travel Lavers I should say that I don't expect the vaccine will prevent infection, rather I fully expect to get Covid at some point and experience mild symptoms. Sure they may have been mild anyway but after balancing the risks and rewards on the available information, I felt it was safer to get it than not get it (for myself and those around me). We're all able to make choices and I support your right not to get vaccinated.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Have they spoken about when they expect case numbers to peak in Qld? This is the scary bit for us all with reopening (WA to follow soon I hope), fingers crossed we can make it past this chaotic phase with as few hospitalisations as possible while Omicron spreads and the vaccines do their thing, before case numbers taper off and stabilise (I hope!)
  23. MacGyver

    I am so bored in Australia

    There are a few other Scottish groups (St Andrew’s Society, Caledonian Society etc) but they tend to focus on biscuit tin ideas of Scottishness and they’re nowhere near as successful as the Irish groups. I think it’s partly to do with the strength and lived experience of Irish culture and language and understanding of their history and identity, which I envy and admire. Scotland (like wales and England in many ways) has lost connection with culture, language, history and identity. Some would argue due to cultural subjugation (eg banning of language, tradition and dress hundreds of years ago), others would argue due to a consensual merging of cultures as part of the formation and development of the UK. Whatever the reason, tradition and culture are largely lost/misunderstood and people don’t feel a strong connection to it, meaning the groups/clubs are small and poorly attended and unable to form strong communities (as the Irish ones do). Instead, many identify Scottishness with other “cultural” factors like football teams, irn bru, square sausage, pipe bands etc, so they flock to the highland gatherings as that’s what they offer “eat square sausage, drink a pint of tenents lager, buy some tablet, feel Scottish”.
  24. MacGyver

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Earlier this year I’d have disagreed but Australia is perfectly positioned for managed spread of the virus given the high and recent vaccination levels, ongoing booster programme and winter season being so far away at present. Omicron also appears to be more contagious and with less severe illness so this could be the best opportunity for Covid to pass through the country (in a controlled way). Hopefully this is also the beginning of a trend towards increased infectiousness and reduced severity for new variants that emerge, much like the Spanish flu many years ago.
  25. This is the reason, no matter any other supposed benefits, that Monarchy as head of state is unpalatable to me. Even with laws to limit their influence, influence still happens in various ways. anyone in a position of such power should only be there by the grace and gift of voters, not by birthright that supports an outdated class system. I wonder, if the primary benefit of a monarch as head of state is the stricter laws to control them, perhaps it’s not an argument for monarchy at all but rather for stricter laws to control presidential/elected heads of state? edited to add - I’m not sure why that quoted @Blue Flu as I was trying to quote @Marisawright
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