As long as there are restrictions around travel distances and time spent outdoors, it’ll feel like stage 4 to me. I can understand for people juggling home schooling, once school resumes it might feel like stage 3.
I'm in Melbourne too.
She was 87 years old and still working. I have questions.
Melbourne is now is stage 4 lock down with benefits. One benefit is playgrounds being open, but for older kids the other benefit is they can socialise with one person in a public area (or just sit by themselves). If it’s appropriate for your child (ie they can be trusted to follow the rules), it would be a great first step for kids to do this. Both parties need to live within 5km of the meeting zone. But they could meet a friend, class mate, or family member and have some time away from their household in a safe environment. It’s for up to 2 hours every day and they can tmeet someone new everyday.
I don’t understand. Wasn’t it clear to people who left that they’d be at the end of the queue to get back in unless they could outbid the other people wanting to return?
This is tragic, but the fault lies with all the people applying for exemptions who don’t need to enter the state, the people who lie to escape lockdown, and the original travellers who didn’t self isolate.
I'm in Melbourne.
Like everyone else, I was disappointed but not at all surprised by the extension. It makes it easier because I have complete trust in Dan Andrews and respect the maths behind his decisions. I’m disappointed that so many people are attacking the decision. It feels like a deliberate strategy to undermine his credibility. That would be normal politics but undermining his credibility also means undermining his message. I wonder how much despair is generated by the negativity. It’s not good for compliance or people’s mental health.
I live in Melbourne and desperately want to spend Christmas with my kids in Adelaide. To do so will require Melbourne to spend at least 8 weeks in level 4 lock-down, not 6. People are going to lose their sh*t if the Premier makes the announcement. (They'll keep complaining when he insists on 4 weeks of level 3 too.) SA won't let us in until we look like we've eradicated community transmission and clusters stop forming at places like hospitals. The reason for the extension is because the original level 3 restrictions only caused the numbers to almost plateau, not decline.
I read that this is only an issue in Victoria because other states don't have a 6 months limit. For instance NSW can keep a state of emergency indefinitely. Some Liberals are clearly playing politics.
I’ve suffered from several major depressive episodes in my life. I live in Melbourne. Pre-covid I was lonely and unemployable. I’d just made arrangements to touch base with a couple of friends when the first lock down started. Usually I manage by going out on the weekends to shop or walk with my husband but now that’s curtailed.
Our indigenous Australians no longer have a flag.The art-work by Harold Thomas that was previously used as the flag is no longer the flag. It is a piece of copyrighted art. We must swallow our disappointment and put out the call for a new flag that is free for all to use in much the same way the Australian flag is. It is a bitter pill. Everyone recognised the art-work as the Aboriginal flag. It was beautiful and fitting. I have confidence that another one will be created. I no longer wish to identify Thomas' art as the indigenous flag.
I always thought that a lot of year 12s would miss out on their formals and graduations, not to mention schoolies and 18th birthday parties. So, I was rather more surprised that this was news. However, I agree that it is bad for the poor year 12s. It's a really tough year and one of the things that keeps the students going is planning for all these fun events. I hope that the schools agree to letting the events be postponed rather than completely cancelled. It doesn't have to be huge, but there absolutely needs to be something. Preferably something really unique that marks the 2020 graduation class as being unprecedented. It is a lot of extra work for the teachers which is bad because they have been doing extra all year. However, they appreciate these special occasions too.
It doesn't cover the terror of taking them driving if they haven't had lessons.
Cronyism in action. Jarred and Ivanka can share similar inspirational stories. One of the core tenets of capitalism is the end of cronyism. Employment and promotion decisions should be based on an open, merit-based system, not chance meetings and networks. It is why capitalism is better than feudalism.
I used to be a high school teacher and my kids are young adults now, but even with my rose coloured glasses I can't imagine this being anything other than hideously difficult. The momentum of the class/peer group pressure are all reasons why kids happily work in a class-room with minimal assistance and unhappily seem incapable of doing anything without their parent's personal attention at home. I hope the teachers have had an opportunity to share strategies with each other about what works well for different ages and learning styles so that the experience is better this time.
One of the things that make it easier is watching the daily press conference with Dan Andrews and Brett Sutton. I draw strength from their resolve and focus. Brett's kindness is also much appreciated.
I'm living in Melbourne too. I was gutted that so many people were still not following the rules. Our numbers should be reducing or at least stabilising based on the 80% who are doing the right thing.
@snorks, I think they can do a lot of things under the emergency powers that they are using. If we were at war (another example of emergency powers) they could tell people to not use lights at night etc. I think in the old days, before cures and widespread vaccines, when epidemics were common, Governments used to do a lot of things to keep the public safe that infringed on people's civil liberties. (Have a look at what happened to "promiscuous" women in the USA during WW1 and WW2 to see how crazy governments can become.)