Saturday 23rd of October 2021

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Curfews, more mask rules, and limits to exercising — the NSW government has introduced a raft of new restrictions as the state's COVID-19 outbreak continues to balloon.

Most of the new rules will come into effect at 12:01am on Monday, August 23.

The lockdown affecting Greater Sydney, which was due to end on August 28, has also been extended to September 30 and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today told everyone to "bunker down".

Police have also been given greater powers to lock down apartment blocks at the centre of COVID-19 outbreaks, and order people to isolate for 14 days if they break any rules.

Here's everything you need to know.


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From Carmel Richardson (no relation to our John) 


I’m no expert, but I think I can tell an addict when I see one. By all the usual earmarks—erratic behavior, a different story every time you speak with them, and a trance-like fixation on the subject of their addiction—the corporate media is hooked on Covid-19.

Apparently, a double shot of the Covid-19 vaccine wasn’t enough to assuage their mania over a virus that is already an insignificant threat to most healthy people. When the Biden administration announced Wednesday it will roll out “booster shots” for the Covid vaccine in September, the media jumped to be the first in line for a fresh dose.

Don’t be confused. The original vaccine still works, says the New York Times. This supplementary injection is merely necessary to boost the good the first two shots are already doing. Of course, that’s just what an addict would say, isn’t it? The next fix is necessary. Vital. Non-negotiable.

The corporate media is a delicate creature. It gets a little cagey when you question it about its obsession—when you say things like, “I already have antibodies” or “why do I have to wear a mask if I’ve been vaccinated?” and “do I really need another shot?” It starts to sweat when it sees Covid-19 cases declining, is quick to insist this doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, and latches onto every viral variant the Greek alphabet has a letter for.

Experts have identified a phenomenon characteristic of an addict’s behavior: self-deception.

The American Addiction Centers writes:

Doublethink is a form of self-deception that involves the ability to believe and live contradictory beliefs. The term “doublethink” comes from George Orwell’s great novel, 1984. Simply put; doublethink is being able to tell deliberate lies while still believing them and forgetting any facts that are inconvenient. Doublethink isn’t just believing a contradiction (which never can be true) but having that contradiction drive actions and behavior. All of these tactics become necessary for living, according to Orwell.

How are these tactics necessary for living with an addiction? Firstly, they help to manufacture a reality in which one’s use is not disordered or addictive. Even if on some level a person believes she is becoming addicted, she can appeal to the always ready at hand belief that she is just fine.

We should pray for our brothers and sisters in their fight against this debilitating disease. They’ll be boosting the booster to their booster shot, with more stamps in their vaccine passports than their real ones, before they’ll accept the pandemic is done.


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Young men in south-west Sydney who are refusing to heed lockdown laws have sparked the NSW government’s about-face on harsher restrictions, which Premier Gladys Berejiklian says is the state’s last stand against the Delta outbreak.

As NSW recorded 642 new local cases on Friday, Ms Berejiklian announced sweeping new restrictions for Sydney, including a curfew for hotspot regions as well as mandatory outdoor masks for the entire city, stressing that the government had no measures left in reserve.

“Please know we’ve left nothing on the field ... this is where we bunker down,” Ms Berejiklian said.


The LGAs of concern are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and the Penrith suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.


The one-month extension to lockdown is expected to cost the state economy close to $1.5 billion each week. The NSW government is also setting aside about $1 billion for JobSaver payments for struggling businesses through September.

Masks will be mandatory outdoors at all times other than exercising for all of Sydney from Monday, as well as the regions until August 28, while a 9pm - 5am curfew will only be applied to local government areas of concern. People in these areas will also only be allowed to exercise outside their homes for one hour a day.


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From Jordan Baker


I live in a local government area “of concern”. The news from Friday’s press conference ricocheted around my community like a bullet. There were tears, disbelief, anger. My friends and neighbours have been trying so hard to do the right thing for so long, yet the screws have tightened even further. It wouldn’t feel so oppressive if Sydney was “all in this together”, but there’s no longer any pretence of that.

Police drive up our streets, cycle along walking tracks and check on us from helicopters. I’m a white, middle-class woman who has never had an adverse encounter with law enforcement, but it’s difficult to avoid a sense of panic when a squad car slows to check on me as I watch my kids scootering up the lane.

Near me are long blocks of apartments, many of them home to new migrants. Children play on the footpaths; they don’t have backyards. In some parts of the council area, playgrounds are shut and basketball hoops have been taken down. Residents are hanging their washing on their balconies, to avoid interaction with others in the communal laundry.


At least they’ve been able to get out for a walk, with a mask, until now. Soon they’ll only be able to leave their apartment for an hour a day.


Parents in my area are heeding calls to keep kids home from school, no matter how hard it is to supervise learning at home. Barely a handful turn up at even the most disadvantaged primary schools. There are lots of disadvantaged families whose children need the emotional and practical support their teachers give them. Their scars from this lockdown could last a long time.


I had a call this week from a friend who lives in a wealthy area of Sydney; a place with harbour frontage and big backyards. She said about 60 students are attending her kids’ school every day, many of them from families with only one parent working. After all, the government’s policy is that no child will be turned away. It’s hard to begrudge those kids the joy of being at school. But what about our kids? What will the government do to help them recover when this is all over?

A friend lives nearby; his street is the border of the local government area. He will only be able to leave his house for an hour once a day to exercise, and won’t be able to go for a walk to clear his head after the children are in bed. He’ll have to choose between doing exercise by himself, for some much-needed solitude, or taking the kids out. But his neighbours across the road, whose bin collections are run by a different council, can go out whenever they like.


Yes, Melbourne had a curfew and a one-hour exercise rule. But that applied to the whole city, not just half of it, and not the half that is the most disadvantaged. The people in wealthy suburbs calling for a tougher lockdown have got what they want, at no cost to them.


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