New Zealand and Australia are neck-in-neck on the COVID deathalizer, but Australia is surging ahead on Monkeypox cases as it becomes the world’s latest pestering pestilence. While the politicians continue with their virtue theatre and persecution of their enemies they are forcing ordinary people closer to famine and war. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer on Trad Tasman Talk.
Both Australia and NZ are past the peak of the Omicron BA5 wave with NZ’s mask mandates including punishing school children for not wearing masks making no difference to its case and death rate compared to Australia. ATAGI has approved the Moderna vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years who are immunocompromised, disabled or have complex health needs. Teal Independent for Kooyong Dr Monique Ryan berated Coalition MPs to put their masks on in Parliament even though she and her supporters have been maskless indoors countless times.
The Monkeypox outbreak was the focus of this week’s Australian National Cabinet Meeting. With 58 cases in Australia (3 in NZ) exclusively among men who have sex with men Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly last week declared Monkepox a Communicable Disease of National Significance. Health Minister Mark Butler announced the Federal Government had secured 450,000 doses of the third-generation monkeypox vaccine Jynneos by Bavarian Nordic to be delivered this year and next for ‘at risk’ populations.
The Victorian Government was busy in court this week prosecuting its political enemies. Neil Erikson’s appeal against his 10-week prison sentence for disturbing a gay church service in May 2019 was heard in the County Court. Chief Judge Peter Kidd will deliver his judgment on August 29. National socialist Jimeone Roberts was sentenced to 150 hours of community service after being convicted of public nuisance for posting swastika stickers in Caulfield a Jewish area in Melbourne.
Jacinda Ardern’s response to inflation is to pump the economy with a cost of living relief payment which has even been sent to dead people. The Labour Party asked its supporters to donate part of their cost of living payment back to the party. Despite rising cash rates some banks in NZ are dropping their interest rates and increasing unemployment is viewed as the best way to crush inflation. The RBA raised interest rates by 50 bases points to 1.85% and the Albanese plans to end the fuel excise discount next month.
The first parliamentary sitting fortnight of the new Australian Parliament saw Labor’s promised 43% emissions reduction target by 2030 legislation pass the lower house. The Territory Rights legislation which would allow the ACT and the NT to legalize euthanasia also passed the lower house after a conscience vote. Despite only being on the job for less than three months Anthony Albanese is already on long service leave until September.
In other Australian political news, Federal Court Justice Michael Lee ruled that both Mark McGowan and Clive Palmer defamed each other in 2020 awarding each $20k and $5k damages respectively while saying they wasted the court’s time. The WA taxpayer was forced to fund McGowan’s legal fees. NSW Deputy Liberal Leader Stuart Ayers has resigned after he admitted he tipped former Deputy Premier John Barilaro off about the New York Trade Commissioner position he was seeking. Victorian Liberal Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s Chief of Staff Mitch Catlin resigned over revelations he attempted to solicit 100k from a Liberal donor in fees for his private marketing company.
National Cabinet Monkeypox Meeting
COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 6 months to under 5 years – Health Minister Mark Butler
Footage of Facemask Frightbat goes Viral – XYZ
Australia secures new third-generation monkeypox virus vaccine – Health Minister Mark Butler
Monkeypox vaccines available as soon as next week, but for Jack, it’s too late – SMH
Neil Erikson Calls Out Sin in the Church – TU
Man who displayed swastikas avoids jail by ‘an absolute whisker’ – The Age
More banks lower home loan interest rates, some sharply – Interest NZ
Statistics New Zealand says the unemployment rate has risen to 3.3% from 3.2%, while private sector hourly wages have risen 7% – Interest NZ
The backfiring cost of living bribe – KiwiBlog
Anthony Albanese reveals he is taking leave and travelling within Australia – Sky News Australia
Mark McGowan v Clive Palmer trial judgement finds both guilty of defamation – The West Australia
Guy’s chief of staff asked wealthy Liberal donor for payments – The Age