New Victoria restrictions

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Supafreak started the topic in Sunday, 2 Aug 2020 at 3:15pm

Just watched the press release from Dan Andrews and I really feel for how victorians are going to once again pay for others stupidity. Not sure how they are going to police the 1 hour exercise policy but a trip down the coast for a surf could be costly. I understand these new restrictions are mainly Melbourne suburbs and I’m very grateful for where I live NSW Qld border. When we were in shutdown there was no time limit for our exercise thank god as a 3 hour surf kept me sane after losing my job.

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Stok commented Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 at 2:08pm

No, closed since Stage 3 came in back in July! It was open during Victoria's brief period of semi-freedom (Stage 2) for about 3-4 weeks from memory.

Stage 4 is finished 13th of Sept....there's talk of extending stage 4, or maybe reverting to stage 3 for god knows how long. To be honest not sure how much longer i can take before I pack up and move - and never look back!

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 at 3:21pm

it's shithouse up here Stok.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet commented Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 at 4:11pm

Lockdown is an authoritarian hoax.

Sure , there might be substance to it if there wasn’t thousands of infected arrivals flying from overseas in every day. But there is and there’s going to be lots more , so the entire concept of house arrest remains a piss take of the cruellest kind.

NZ....weeks of lockdown and for what ? Nothing changed. Still as vulnerable as ever.

Government lying to the population about the risks and outcomes. Central coast NSW outbreak assiduously hidden due to the fact that it’s visa workers for agriculture. Don’t trust the bastards as far as you can throw them.

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 at 4:38pm

Whatever DSDS / blowin.

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Stok commented Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 at 8:32pm

Freeride - Find that hard to believe! Unless it's shit 'cause of all the Victorians up there who made the dash back in June!

Seriously though, It is like two different worlds in one country....Melb winters are usually harsh but there's normally is a beauty about them too. The thing that worked about Melbourne was how easy it was to escape it when needed - for the coast, the mountains, wherever. This winter is just shit. And - to see friends and family in effectively all other states of Australia carrying on as if Covid was a minor inconvenience is jarring. There was a brief period where it seemed NSW and the rest of Aus were on a knife's edge - but they haven't gone anywhere near where we are down here in terms of control.

It's just hard to convey just how shit no school, childcare, compulsory mask wearing, curfews and 5km restrictions really are.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 4:57am

I agree with that assessment.
apart from the QLD border closure, if you don't watch the news, life goes on here exactly as normal.

waves have been pumping all winter- it does seem cruel and unnecessary punishment on our Vicco brothers and sisters.

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soggydog commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 9:01am

For you conspiracy nut jobs, if it was about control of the population how do you explain WA, just a hard border closure that most west aussies are thankful for. And life trucks along as normal.
If it was some sort of control mechanism then we’d have transmitted cases and be in the same mess as the rest of the country.
Stop muddying the waters dickheads and do the right thing.

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soggydog commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 9:01am

For you conspiracy nut jobs, if it was about control of the population how do you explain WA, just a hard border closure that most west aussies are thankful for. And life trucks along as normal.
If it was some sort of control mechanism then we’d have transmitted cases and be in the same mess as the rest of the country.
Stop muddying the waters dickheads and do the right thing.

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Dx3 commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 10:46am

Good summary Stok. It's absolutely surreal seeing the rest of Australia just get on with life.

Some days I'm fine, some days I feel completely suffocated and I despair at not being able to do anything. It really is a rollercoaster of feelings that impacts me more than I expected.
It's not even surfing that I'm missing anywhere near as much as I thought I would, it's just the ability to do anything at all in the outdoors. The 5km radius limit and 1 hour limit outdoors each day is what I am hoping is the first restriction to be eased, knowing that come Sept 13th there's still going to be too many cases to open back up too much.
I'm not desperate to get back to pubs, bars, restaurants, the office etc, I don't even give a shit about the 8pm curfew, I just want to be able to go do some stuff on the weekends, see my kids spend time with my family.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 10:58am

I’m feelin ya. I’m starting to get pretty frustrated some days.
I’ve been pretty understanding so far and happy to go along with the rules and regulations but it’s starting to wear pretty thin very quickly

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Dx3 commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 11:05am

Yeh I think that's where I'm at. I'm more easily frustrated these days, I have sensed a genuine change in my mood in the last week or two which tells me the negative thoughts are starting to win.

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blackers commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 12:01pm

I think we are all feeling it Dx3. Hang in there, if we all keep doing the right thing we will get back to normal, soon hopefully.

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Stok commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 9:49pm

I'm definitely more frustrated, less patient of late...not nice stuff really. I'm lucky to have a family here with me to at least talk to/laugh with/hug etc. Really feel for some colleagues I know who are single, live alone and have family interstate - you'd be starved for any attention/affection.

This stuff builds resilience I know but will the Covid generation just make people a bit colder, darker and generally less bright eyed than before?

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Patrick commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 12:02pm

Senior doctors across Melbourne are urging politicians not to support a state of emergency extension, saying the move threatens to “destroy” the health and wellbeing of fed-up Victorians.

“We now know that whilst COVID-19 is highly contagious, it is of limited virulence.”

“Most of the 565 deaths have occurred in nursing homes which according to doctors currently working in this environment have described causal factors related not only to the virus but to other care related issues, including isolation, loneliness, and related diminished nutritional intake.”

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/victorian-docto...

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 1:03pm

Wow, 13 doctors. Better ignore what all the others are saying and agree with the tiny minority.
What could possibly go wrong if we listen to those 13.

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 1:18pm

Really feel for you guys.. hang in there! There is light at the end of the tunnel. 

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 1:28pm

Most people are doing the right thing thermalben and the numbers are predictably coming down. I do get the shits with the opportunists with zero medical experience demanding lighter restrictions. Scumbags like Sam Newman should be ashamed of themselves.

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 1:46pm

Kinda surprised that many people can't see the opportunists for what they are - people seeking attention. Guys like Pete the chef are simply maintaining a high degree of public exposure, free of charge (thanks to everyone sharing his social media posts, and idiots like me talking about him on website forums). He'll have a new cookbook out just before Xmas, guaranteed. 

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Jono commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:11pm

... and he's just launched a brand new "health lab" business where you can become a franchisee and pay the chef big money to push his bullshit snake oil for him: https://evolvehealthlabs.com/enquiries/

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:15pm

Wow! What a coincidence!

I mean, I was so pumped that Kanye was going to be President of the USA. But man, he fooled us! A brand new album out 'n all. Bummed he won't be prez anymore, but those beats are pretty dope.

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:18pm

People like Evens, Newman, Hanson etc work off the principle that if just 5% of Australians are complete morons, there are 1.25 mil potential customers for whatever shit they are selling.
Normally a fool and their money being separated isn't a huge problem, but with Covid 19, the rest of us pay the price for the moron minority.

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Dx3 commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:22pm

Pete Evans is one of the biggest cockroaches to be let out amongst the Aussie public. A genuine germ of a human only interested in money for himself.

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AndyM commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:29pm

You haters are gonna hate.
Youse are all jeluss.

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:40pm

“ Senior doctors across Melbourne are urging politicians not to support a state of emergency extension, saying the move threatens to “destroy” the health and wellbeing of fed-up Victorians.”

Sounds good to me, if these restrictions are extended I’m tipping there’ll be rioting in the streets.
People are desperate for some normality.

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 2:48pm

Sounds good to me, if these restrictions are extended I’m tipping there’ll be rioting in the streets.
People are desperate for some normality.

I think I might see a little problem with your argument.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 3:26pm

Problem being that scared , old people who still have their freedom insist that everyone else forfeits their lives . Everything should be reopened. There’s not even an advantage to uncrowded coastlines with the lockdown anymore. The lockdown has been worth it if it’s second order effects remain permanent ie halting the mass immigration Ponzi which is destroying Australia. Unfortunately, the Ponzi will soon enough recommence at warp pace .

Public are being sold a dud. There is no plan . The virus is so overhyped it’s ridiculous. There isn’t even an attempt at any scientific justification for the most extreme restrictions.

Repeat : If you are vulnerable then protect yourself. Isolate , social distance , mask etc. Everyone else should be free to live their lives.

Ignore the shouty voices of the scared old people who want you to waste your life so they don’t face a minute risk . I say that as someone with relatives who have existing health issues in addition to just old age.

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blackers commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 3:29pm

Funny how they are specialists and consultants, noting a drop in GP referrals. Bills to pay, I guess.

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 4:28pm

This is on topic, a view of the road out of the restrictions, what they will likely look out for and what outcomes they will try to avoid while easing begins:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/how-victoria-can-leave-lockd...

authors:

Michael Toole is an epidemiologist and principal research fellow at the Burnet Institute. Brendan Crabb is director and chief executive at the Burnet Institute.

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 4:37pm

blowin is there any topic not related to "the mass immigration Ponzi scheme".
Oh and can you please post you epidemiology qualifications so we can determine if your opinions are worth listening to?

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GuySmiley commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 4:42pm

While trying hard to be positive through lockdown I suspected it would come to this. Self interest and political opportunism in conflict with what the science says. So we may see the strength or otherwise of the glue that binds us into a functioning community, gee you just have to look at Nth America right now to see the pointy end to where this sort of talk leads us.

As a matter of perspective our great grand and grandparents went through the Spanish flu pandemic, the influenza pandemic, WW1, the great depression, WW2 and the Korean War.

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GuySmiley commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 4:49pm

I'm with DSDS thinking a temporary halt to immigration is perhaps one of the few positives out of Covid19, another would be how homeless people are being looked after after decades of governments telling us that it wasn't possible.

The immigration numbers Australia was running are not sustainable in any sense and Covid19 gives Australia an excellent opportunity to reset especially with the expected deep recession and high number of Australian citizens out of work.

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fitzroy-21 commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 4:54pm

GS, I wouldn't mind betting that the current gov will try and use mass migration to pull us out of this recession.

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 4:55pm

“ Oh and can you please post you epidemiology qualifications so we can determine if your opinions are worth listening to?”
Can you VL? Because you sure have a shit load to say.

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fitzroy-21 commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:01pm

@GF, gold, and "shit" is the appropriate word too!

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:04pm

The point is goofyfoot, I'm actually listening to the vast majority of experts in this topic and my opinions reflect theirs.
When someone comes out and contradicts the vast majority of experts, you really need to bring something substantial to the table.
On the few occasions blowin tries to back up his opinions, his "facts" are just links to equally unqualified people who publish their opinions on YouTube and Twitter.
Big difference goofyfoot.

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fitzroy-21 commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:10pm

BS VL, you have always had a bone to pick with Blowin and you have used every single opportunity, resource and straight out abuse to constantly go at anything he might have to say.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:27pm

BS VL, you have always had a bone to pick with Blowin and you have used every single opportunity, resource and straight out abuse to constantly go at anything he might have to say.

+1

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:29pm

Not everything blowin says Fitzroy-21. Just the racist stuff and the mad conspiracy theories that are a danger to public health. blowin can think the sky is orange and I couldn't care less. It's when he pushes ideas that are a danger to others, that's when I step in.

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fitzroy-21 commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:33pm

BS again VL, show me one positive comment you have EVER posted in response to Blowin.

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:33pm

Whatever Caspar dreaming. Do you seriously think blowin should be able to post ridiculous comments justifying a 17 year killing people and undermining the experts social distancing message without someone telling him to pull his head in?

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Vic Local commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:34pm

BS again VL, show me one positive comment you have EVER posted in response to Blowin
Just yesterday I said I agreed with his assessment of working class people being screwed by neo-liberalism.

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fitzroy-21 commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:43pm

Well I'll stand corrected, but it was still closely followed by a barrage of abuse in the one post. A shit sandwich never the less.

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sypkan commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:57pm

a begrudging shit sandwich , that took 6 months to deliver

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sypkan commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 5:58pm

...just more toxic poo really

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GuySmiley commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 6:11pm

Is it too early in the year to open nominations for Swellnet’s Village Idiot award?

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Stok commented Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 8:36pm

The fact is there's experts which sit on pretty much all increments of the political spectrum. Depending on your views, chances are you can back up your opinion by finding an expert you like.

If there's a consensus between experts, and if you oppose this consensus, there'll be another expert out there talking about some form of conspiracy, or collusion for financial gains between the consensus group (which does happen - think NOPSEMA).

So essentially, unless you're an expert yourself, gone are the days you can simply have a discussion with someone and believe you're right for listening to the experts, because chances are the other persons thinking the same thing.

Frustratingly, the skill/knowledge of experts these days is usually overshadowed by their ability to be outspoken, social media savvy and generally convincing in their production of information.

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views from the ... commented Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020 at 6:11am

Expert = a has been drip under pressure (ex spurt).

Tony Abbott is making some sense in London...Despite the fact many find him loathsome, I'm on his side for these latest comments.
ABC; "Tony Abbott warns against 'virus hysteria', calls for COVID restrictions to be eased".
Hot and sunny on the Puglia Italian coast and not a lot of social distancing = drool ;-)
Cheers

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020 at 7:47am

“ From a health perspective, this pandemic has been serious. From an economic perspective, it's been disastrous," he said.

"But I suspect that it's from an overall wellbeing perspective that it will turn out worst of all. Because this is what happens when for much more than a mere moment, we let fear of falling sick stop us from being fully alive.

"Now that each one of us has had six months to consider this pandemic, and to make our own judgements about it, surely it's time to relax the rules so that individuals can take more personal responsibility and make more of their own decisions about the risks they're prepared to run."

Mr Abbott said in hindsight, there had not been enough attention paid to keeping coronavirus out of aged care facilities.”

Tony Abbott

Never been a fan of the guy but this makes sense to me.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet commented Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020 at 8:05am

The median age of COVID deaths in Victoria is 83 years old . Data from overseas shows that even amongst the aged , 94 percent of COVID deaths are in those with other serious health problems.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-at...

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DudeSweetDudeSweet commented Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020 at 8:12am