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To date, 27 people without Covid infection, have become Covid positive while in hotel quarantine. They in turn have infected others, in some cases many, many others. Hotel quarantine is responsible for a lot of our ongoing issues with the virus. We will have problems with Covid for as long as hotel quarantine is the go to method of quarantine management.

There are too many ‘if’s’, ‘but’s’, ‘maybe’s’ and exceptions about the way in which the NSW Government has handled the Sydney lockdown. The process lacks consistency and the outcome is that there are increasing numbers of community transmissions with the end of lockdown maybe months away.

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It is to be hoped the Indo Pacific Marine attraction and educational exhibit can be housed at the museum (Sun Terr 25/7) or elsewhere. To dismantle this fine exhibition would be a travesty. The attraction is iconic and has brought marine understanding to hundreds of thousands of people, local and visitors alike. It must not be consigned to the realms of extinction.

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The QR code can be used to give actual times is shops, businesses and shopping centres if it is engaged on phones as people enter and exit places. Deduction of the first from the second time stamp gives the exit and actual times spent on premises. This could have future use if places are later designated as hotspots because of access by infected persons.

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Those who engage in anti vaccination and lockdown protests deserve severe chastisement. For breachers, that should include cancellation of unemployment benefits and all welfare assistance for a designated period of time. Those not prepared to respect community needs and government/health department directions do not deserve support.

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Covid vaccine optionality is dangerous and will prolong community uncertainty about the inroads of this disease by weeks and months. It is this optionality that is continuing the dangerous inroads of the coronavirus in the UK and USA where the community is supposedly reaching full vaccination. That cannot be the case when 30% to 40% are refusing to be vaccinated. The same outcome could happen in Australia.

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I wonder why signage asking motorists to desist stopping on sections of thoroughfares designated as entry points for traffic from the left are written in a way that reverses the message to approaching drivers. The message should be “KEEP CLEAR “

but is stencilled across the width of the left hand side lane(s) as “CLEAR KEEP”

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Surely teachers and other essential workers who will return when Covid lockdowns In southern states are lifted, should be quarantined at Howard Springs at government cost. For them to be confronted with significant quarantine bills seems unfair. As NT Government employees, they are victims of circumstances not of their making.

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I hope the Rolfe trial, for the sake of everyone connected with this matter, can proceed without undue delays caused by interstate Covid lockdowns.

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There are many ambulance movements up and down Vanderlin Drive every day, always with sirens blaring, in what seems to be a constant connection between the two hospitals. Every time one passes, the thought “there goes another $500”, springs to mind.

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It was very decent andf unselfish of NSW to step back and allow Queensland the luxury of a close win in the third State of Origin game. With the trophy won, the Blues did the right thing in retiring a little in order that the Maroons could salvage some pride. Theirs was a compassionate attitude toward a game that could never dampen their prowess and superiority.

Sometimes there is too much probing, prodding and pushing into the world of the unknown when it comes to scientific curiosity about viruses. There is every chance that Covid 19 came from this exploration, with a monstrous and evil virus being unleashed on the world. Sadly with coronavirus, curiosity has killed more than the cat.

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I am disappointed in those construction and furbishment companies that are so enthused about big money associated with new work, they forget about or are not interested in maintenance of earlier work or installations. It is particularly galling when maintenance needs of long term, loyal customers are dismissed.

Covid Awareness

COVID AWARENESS

People in the NT (the majority at least) act as if covid is history Paul. Howard Springs quarantining efficiency has made us complacent. Tourists are pouring up here like never before and the mixing and mingling defies all social distancing rules. Maybe 5% observe physical distancing and hand hygiene wiith less than that using the NT QR code.

They are talking about sewage testing. For a good while, electronic number plate recognition on border entry points was the only survelliance of traffic.

With the northern Territory suddenly being confronted with a Have Covid outbreak which manifested self at The Graham at Mine, there may be a change in attitude. But I am not holding my breath.

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There has been ANOTHER e-Scooter accident in Darwin, the third in the last week (NT News online 25/6). It would be interesting to analyse whether there are more scooter or motor vehicle accidents in the CBD and areas accessed by both, within a given period. Maybe this question could be come the subject of a doctoral study at CDU.

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The return of traditional lands including the township of Jabiru to the Mirarr people (NT News 25/6) is wonderful news. This move will secure the future of a town that will be developed as an outstanding tourist attraction overseen by traditional owners. It may be appropriate at some future time for the town to be renamed in order to better reflect the cultural relevance of the centre.

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I am beginning to wonder if children born in 2020 and 2021 will ever grow up into a world without Covid of one of the myriad of variants which will spin off this evolving viral family. In time, the identification of variants will exhaust the Greek alphabet.

Points to Ponder

Points to Ponder

We read and hear of the financial hardships imposed by the impact of Covid on our community. If that IS the case, how can it be that retail sales are at an all time high and surging? And how is it that within Australia people are travelling and playing tourist virus free areas (paying big dollars) like never before? I do not understand.

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Congratulations to Chan Ward Aldermanic hopeful Ed Smelt, who was out and about, campaigning at the Nightcliff Shopping Centre last weekend. He wins the early bird award. It seems our presently elected aldermen and other hopefuls are yet to reveal themselves for an election looming next month. When, I wonder, will they emerge.

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Most couples getting married have been living together for a long, long time, some for many, many years. If Covid delays wedding plans, does that really matter because in terms of their domestic situations, nothing is changing.

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Without prejudice, the majority of our Covid problems have been caused by people who are not prepared to change or modify their behaviour.

Immigrants want to continue living in large family enclaves, so infecting each other. I suspect that not understanding what is happening is not for real because the message of Covid is out there and understood.

People on Covid prone areas and indeed all over Australia ignore social distancing and personal hygiene rules. Mandated QR codes are largely overlooked.

Hundreds and thousands of cautions and deliberate Covid violations attest to the rank selfishness with which many people are imbued, while bearing testament to the inadequacy of penalties. Too many people treat Covid as a joke.

NSW is currently afflicted, reminding us that the initial spread of the virus in Australia started with the ‘Ruby Princess’ fiasco. Since then, a particular premier has been keen to extol her state’s superior management of the virus, while criticising the management methodologies of other premiers.

Then of course we have the stupidity of hotel quarantine and the Commonwealth’s lack of alacrity when it came to vaccine access. So the country is playing catch up.

A little more resolution would be useful in overall management of this viral iniquity.

Points to Ponder

POINTS TO PONDER

Against the hurdy-gurdy background of states locking down, (often at very short notice) because of Covid, the AFL and its 18 teams are doing extraordinary well in managing to keep one step ahead of the season being disrupted or curtailed. May fortune continue to favour the League.

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The petition by a growing number of Alice Springs residents for their show to be deferred rather than cancelled outright (NT News 2/7) makes sound sense. This would lend itself to enabling all regional shows and the Darwin Show to be held, but a little later than usual. Shows are tantamount to significant festivals and should proceed. If the Alice Springs shows IS canned, that will have a deleterious impact on other shows, including Tennant presently notified as also cancelled.

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The mine worker’s breach of quarantine restrictions in order to buy cigarettes are making them the most expensive (in terms of lockdown and business dislocation) fags to ever impact NT history. The identities of people who knowingly breach guidelines and add to matters by telling lies about their behaviour, should be revealed. They do not deserve to be shrouded in the protection of anonymity.

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Points to Ponder

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With ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming due to leave his role on July 5, it seems the fuss about his recent role management issues are little more than hype. It would be better to rule a line under his tenure and make a fresh start with this authority on July 6

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I believe it to be the height of irresponsibility for Matt Wright to share pictures of himself swimming with a saltwater crocodile. He can say what he likes about warning off copycats but a picture is worth 1,000 words of cautionary counsel.

I hope him saying he has a ” special relationship with animals” does not lead to his undoing or the demise of others who may have fanciful notions of impregnability.

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Congratulations to Squadron Leader Tony Slaven and Wing Commander Jordon Sander for their leadership roles in upskilling trainee defence pilots. They are but two people within our Territory offering leadership and strong guidance within their operational field. With men like these showing the way, our air defence is in strong hands.

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