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Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally said “sorry” for the slow vaccine rollout in Australia on Thursday, but for members of the Q&A team, that still wasn’t enough.
the main points:
- Bill Shorten has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to present a roadmap for the nation to emerge from the current COVID situation
- Speakers gave their support behind Brisbane’s hosting of the 2032 Olympics and Queensland President Anastasia Balchuk
- Questions were asked about how vulnerable Australians in care homes have not yet been fully vaccinated
With more than 13 million Australians on lockdown as the delta variant continues to spread across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the question has been put to the panel about what the government can do to help Australians during this period and whether politicians can in fact act . in a bipartisan manner.
Olympic gold medalist Libby Trickett, who previously revealed she was taking antidepressants during the pandemic and received her first dose of Pfizer despite being under 40 and not in a vaccine launch target group, called on politicians to show real leadership by bringing out the Australian. from its current position
“I just really want our politicians, the people in power and who are responsible for looking after our communities to take care of us, and really do the job we asked them to do.
“It feels a lot like the responsibility and burden of individual nations and societies.
“We are the ones who have to stay home and have to go into lockdown and do all these things.
“I just want the states and the federal government to come together and actually come up with a plan that’s clear and concise.”
Former opposition leader Bill Shorten agreed that he had called on the federal government to communicate its plan clearly to Australians.
“I think we deserve to be told at the national level, where the finish line is,” Shorten said.
“There are 13.5 million people who are closed, businesses are failing, it is difficult for families, and there is psychological trauma.
“Where is the finish line? When do we finish closing?”
Also called a longtime political rival Mr. Morrison to set an example.
“Doctors have done their homework, and scientists have done their part.
“People are doing their homework now, now is the time for the government to step up.”
Vaccine frequency idea question
The comments came against the background of a discussion about a vaccine launch in the country, when copyright advocate and disability advocate Astrid Edwards raised the failure to effectively vaccinate those in care homes.
Mrs. Edwards discussed the news that Three residents of a disabled group home have contracted COVID They received only one dose of the vaccine each.
She wanted to know how that could happen or how care workers could not be vaccinated.
Regional Health Minister David Gillespie has blamed “vaccine hesitation” and the initial shortage of vaccines around the world for Australia’s low vaccination rate.
“With Pfizer and with AstraZeneca, all the production in America was based in America,” Gillespie said.
They were screaming for it in Europe and we stood aside.
“They saw how we were going safe and well in Australia…the health system was overwhelmed all over the world and we were sitting at the bottom of the world in a really good place.”
Q + Host Virginia Trioli said Australia missed this opportunity before Trickett indicated that the minister was not being completely honest.
“I think the majority of people in my age group, under 40, who do not have any medical conditions and are not in any of the priority categories, we are careful.
We want to be vaccinated.
“I had a Pfizer vaccination yesterday, my first dose, I didn’t qualify for it, and I don’t really know how I managed to get it.
“And I know there are people in nursing homes who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
“And there are people in those priority groups who haven’t been vaccinated and I’m sure they are very keen and very willing.”
‘Diplomatic insult’ if Palaszczuk fails to attend opening ceremony
Brisbane also won the rights to host the 2032 Olympics, but it has been questioned how much of that should be celebrated in the current environment.
Viewers have once again raised questions about whether it is absolutely necessary for Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszuk to travel to Tokyo, but also why Australian politicians appear to be prioritizing sport over other issues during the pandemic.
The commission acknowledged that it may be difficult for Australians in a lockdown to see Ms Pallaschuk heading to Japan, Despite his demand to cut off flights back to Australia.
Mr Shorten sympathized with those who criticized his fellow Labor but suggested she was not responsible.
“We have Australians abroad who can’t go home, and I think that’s a disgrace,” Shorten said.
“In this country, we have not dealt with the outbreak of COVID-19 as we would have, and as a result, Australian citizens abroad for legitimate reasons have not been able to return home, yet you have other people moving in and out.
“I can see why people feel he’s not feeling well.
“As for Anastasia Palashchuk going to Tokyo, we still have to do the daily work.
“For people who have canceled their weddings or haven’t been able to see their families or postponements, I can understand why the perception of double standards would be so frustrating.”
The situation with Ms. Palaszczuk turned again on Thursday when She was told to attend the opening ceremony at a press conference By Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates at a press conference in front of the international media.
Trickett said the Queensland Premier was simply in a difficult position due to the unprecedented nature of dealing with COVID.
“I think she was doing the right thing about maybe not going to the opening ceremonies because a lot of people are a bit upset that she went to Tokyo for the Olympics parade,” Trickett said.
Mr Gillespie defended Ms Balachchuk and described Coats’ behavior as “kind of threatening”.
When asked about Coats’ comments, he said: “I certainly would not have spoken to the Prime Minister of Queensland in this way.”
“The manner and tone of it was a little intimidating, a school principal was talking to a pupil.
“The politics and the optics are not good, but I agree with him that the Prime Minister, the Mayor of Brisbane and I expect Senator Kulbeck (Sports Minister Richard Kulbeck) to be present as well.
“The actual attendance at the opening ceremony is very appropriate though.
“We just got the Olympics and been in a long bidding process.
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