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Australia's borders have been closed since March 2020 in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and Health Minister Greg Hunt says he can't guarantee the borders will reopen, even if the entire country gets vaccinated against the disease. "We still have to look at a series of different factors: transmission, longevity [of vaccine protection] and the global impact, and those are factors which the world is learning about," he said during a press conference. Some 36,000 Australians remained trapped overseas because of the border shutdown.

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  1. Is this Aussie drunk on power or just drunk ? Foster’s or Toohey’s?

    1. Two things:

      1) Foster’s is an export brand; no one drinks it in Australia (there may be exceptions but they don’t count because they’re un-Australian). Toohey’s is a NSW brand; you can get it in other states but, you’d be surprised how parochial we are when it comes to beer. I’m from Victoria so, I generally drink Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught.

      2) Greg Hunt is a politician so, he’ll only drink beer when he’s pretending to be a man of the people. Pollies here usually prefer to drink wine, like chardonnay or shiraz (syrah to you Yanks). Occasionally, they’ll drink spirits but, only when someone else is picking up the tab.

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  2. …even if the entire country gets vaccinated against the disease.

    I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
    She took me in and gave me ‘rona

    Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the blunder?
    You better run, you better take cover.

    1. Who can it be knocking at my door?
      Go away, don’t come ’round here no more
      Can’t you see that it’s late at night?
      I’m very tired and I’m not feeling right
      All I wish is to be alone
      Stay away, don’t you invade my home
      Best off if you hang outside
      Don’t come in, I’ll only run and hide

      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?

      Who can it be knocking at my door?
      Make no sound, tip-toe across the floor
      If he hears, he’ll knock all day
      I’ll be trapped and here I’ll have to stay
      I’ve done no harm, I keep to myself
      There’s nothing wrong with my state of mental health
      I like it here with my childhood friend
      Here they come, those feelings again

      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?

      Is it the men come to take me away?
      Why do they follow me?
      It’s not the future that I can see
      It’s just my fantasy
      Yeah

      Oh, who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?

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  4. Health Minister Greg Hunt says he can’t guarantee the borders will reopen, even if the entire country gets vaccinated against the disease

    I believe he’s stepping on Dr. Fauci’s lines. Fauci’s only up to the Stage 4 lies, that the numbers have to be lower before we can safely re-open, and hasn’t yet announced that the number has to be zero and every single person in the country has to be vaccinated before we can safely re-open, let alone saying that even then we still can’t safely re-open. Maybe it’s the time difference between Australia and the US – isn’t it already tomorrow in Australia?

    1. Not so much tomorrow as stuck in 1984.

      1. +

  5. “Some 36,000 Australians remained trapped overseas because of the border shutdown.”

    Aussies stuck in other nations, who get deported from there? They will be forced to forage for grasses and shrubs to eat, in stateless areas, such as the DMZ between North and South Korea, or, for another example, in a long, skinny concentration camp between rows of walls on the USA-Mexico border. Aussies, too, now, are illegal sub-humans!

  6. more than 36,000 Australians trapped overseas, unable to return due to caps on the number of quarantine spaces.

    “We can’t guarantee any more of our vast land is available for quarantine spaces.”

  7. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

  8. Will this lockdown theater [and I call it that because it is as much if not more about virtue than virus] go so severe and so long and require an absurd level of risk aversion, that finally enough of us rebel against it [and the overreaching governments behind it]?

    And we will no doubt “hit a wall” at a point in the very near future; this will occur where everyone who WANTS to be vaccinated is, but around 30% will refuse; will that necessitate that we remain arbitrarily on shut down indefinitely? I also realize there are citizens who love showing that “they are on the side of science” and “progressively minded” who wouldn’t mind if this went on forever, as well as authoritarians like Whitmer who seem to get off on ever increasing amount of power and the ability to stymie fundamental rights.

    If this does result in a general rediscovery of what matters to us and that we cannot take fundamental freedoms for granted, and perhaps a house cleaning of politicians who seem to thrive on squelching those freedoms, that might not be such a bad thing.

    1. It’s why they have to keep the fear porn going with the virus variants. They have to somehow convince people with a near-perfect vaccine that they still have something to fear from the virus.

      If rational viewpoints can reach voters, voters will ultimately put the kibosh on this. Australia will have an election no more than 13 months from now. At some point, politicians will start feeling the heat.

  9. Australia’s borders have been closed since March 2020

    So it’s returned to its roots as a penal colony.

  10. Monday was the start of quarantine free travel between Oz and NZ. No covid in either country, details finally worked out and plane loads flying both ways.

  11. The die is cast for these fools. They have to stay locked down.

    However, Zero Covid mentality will not outlive reality.

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