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A cowardly and disgusting opinion piece from @TheAge that reminds us again how the media has made COVID so much more difficult to handle.

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#auspol #springst #ThisIsNotJournalism #CovidVic…
The Age never praised the outcome. It's disingenuous and plain rude to write this paragraph now and admit that the lockdown last year paid off when The Age was critical of Daniel Andrews the entire time and made last year all that more difficult for all of us.
This was always the path to freedom. Not mentioning the botched vaccine rollout in this article proves @theage's bias. For The Age, the reason that we are still fighting COVID (botched vaccine rollout) doesn't matter because it gives them a chance to attack Dan Andrews.
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Pt 1/5 A train wreck in five parts. Gladys Berejiklian scoffs at Victoria as she's pressed to define essential work for the lockdown.
"Victoria did it very successfully.
"No they didn't." #nswpol #springst
Pt 2/5 The media continues on the essential work definition subject. Why not suspend some government infrastructure projects to set an example for people? Gladys Berejiklian puts the responsibility back on citizens. #nswpol #springst
Pt 3/5 Media continues putting it to Gladys Berejiklian that by not defining essential work it makes employees powerless. Still not getting it. #springst #nswpol
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All of Greater Sydney and Wollongong will be upgraded to red zones from 1am. Comes after Victorian man in his 60s tested positive after flying in from Sydney
@abcmelbourne #springst
@abcmelbourne The positive man in his 60s visited his daughters house in a green zone in Syd on Saturday night, came back to Melbourne on Sunday evening.
On Tues around 10pm started showing symptoms and was tested yesterday. @abcmelbourne #springst
@abcmelbourne "This is a rapidly developing situation in New South Wales.. there is an increased Victoria Police presence already on our border." @MartinFoleyMP says. @abcmelbourne #springst
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In this article, @rachelbaxendale uses photos obtained via unauthorised access to a fenced-off area so she can write a negative story on Hotel Quarantine.

I've spoken with a source from HQ to get the truth!

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#auspol #ThisisNotJournalism…
We're also looking at @rachelbaxendale's follow up article after questioning @JamesMerlinoMP about her initial article at the presser.
#auspol #COVID19Vic #ThisisNotJournalism…
Technically this is true. However, the full truth is that the bins are stored in a fenced-off area of the car park that is owned by the hotel. They are not in a section of the car park that is shared with residents, the material is stored in a separated, fenced-off section.
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Zach Hope and @Gay_Alcorn you must amend this article and apologise! @ABCmediawatch

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#auspol #springst #ThisisNotJournalism…
The article looks at the strictness of lockdown measures across all countries via the Oxford COVID19 Government response tracker. Lockdown is measured via 9 ordinal scales with flags on those scales also. This is then calculated into a score out of 100.
The article correctly states that Australia reached a max total of 78 (78.24 to be precise) in February this year.

With 30 countries scoring higher than 95, clearly, Australia (and Vic) did not have the toughest lockdown, making this article rather pointless but whatever...
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Pathetic journalism from @michaelfowler08 and @sumeyyailanbey. An article criticising Victoria for having standby quarantine workers - ridiculous. A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #ThisisNotJournalism…
A loaded headline and opening paragraph that makes this all seem like some sort of scandal, when in fact it isn't. The article goes on to explain why these staff are still getting paid despite not working and the reasons make perfect sense.
.@theage was whinging about this last year also. It was poor journalism then and it's poor journalism now. When setting up hotel quarantine, you can't just contract a few hotels. You contract the hotels you need for capacity and then additional hotels in case problems arise.
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.@StevePriceMedia has used this article from September 2020 to back up his lies on @theprojecttv last night.

A thread ⬇️⬇️⬇️ break-down on the article and Steve's lies.
#auspol #springst #thisisnotjournalism #TheProjectTV…
Steve's Tweeted today:

"As I said on The Project last night ADF support was offered to the Andrews Govt for quarantine from the start"

This is an entirely different argument from what he presented last night.

Support and Security are different and the Coate Report agrees.
Yesterday @StevePriceMedia was claiming that Vic didn't want the ADF to RUN quarantine. Support to Quarantine is different to RUNNING quarantine or providing SECURITY.

Steve knows he is wrong and now he is trying to change his argument from running quarantine to supporting it.
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I received this disgusting and transphobic flyer from the @ACLobby in my letterbox today. The scare tactics are only half-truths at best. A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #LGBTQ
'Parents like you' only applies if you are a parent that is transphobic or homophobic and you try to suppress your child's sexual and/or gender identity.

For most parents, this doesn't apply. A good parent loves their child no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
A good parent would seek medical advice on such a matter and as Attorney-General @JaclynSymes said during the debate on this bill:

"...nothing in this bill changes the advice, support and medical treatment that a qualified medical professional deems appropriate."
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Full page ad in @theage from broad coalition today telling Victorian Treasurer @timpallas & Vic MPs to drop plans to tax Electric Vehicles

A tax only approach to EVs tax will harm Victorian's access to cleanest most affordable EVs

#springst #auspol…
Victoria is the only place in the world that is bringing in a tax on EVs with no incentives to balance it out

EVs are cheaper to fuel, to maintain and good for climate but the cheapest models aren't coming here cause of moves like this from @timpallas…
Australia has one of the lowest uptakes of EVs in the OECD and there are no federal policies to drive EV uptake or even curb transport emissions.

The vacuum of leadership at the federal level is leaving states to introduce harmful approaches like this…
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BREAKING: International Flights will return into Melbourne a fortnight (Thursday 8 April) with 800 arrivals per week, following several reviews into Hotel Quarantine. @10NewsFirstMelb #springst
Testing of residents increased from 2 to 4 times and days will change. Travellers will now be tested on days 0, 4, 12, 14 and after they leave DOH will ring to check symptoms on Day 16, and travellers are recommended to nget a test on Days 17 and 21. @10NewsFirstMelb #springst
Previously travellers only were tested on Days 3 and 11. @10NewsFirstMelb #springst
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AFL pressa 3.40pm.. could crowds be on the rise
AFL just spruiking Round 1 as a success..
no change to crow numbers at the moment.
And they're in conversations with government about increasing MCG to 75 % capacity.
So status quo.
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10 march: #victoria announces deal to subsidise #coal power station to stay operating.

17 march: #victoria introduces legislation to add a ~$5000 tax on electric vehicles.


taxing climate solutions & subsidising coal.

welcome to the upside down. #springst #auspol
$330/year x 15 years = $4,950

the new MG ZS EV costs $43,990 on the road.

ie. #victoria's new #EV tax works out to be about 11%.

…buy an #EV in victoria and pay more in #EV tax than GST.
with #EVs at 0.7% market share and #victoria's transport emissions rising…

now is the *worst* time to slap on an 11% #EV tax.
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Today the Victorian Parliamentary committee for Legal and Social Issues reported on its inquiry into anti-vilification laws. Its recommendations equate to 18 on steroids and should frighten any Victorian or Australian that values free speech. #springst THREAD
The broadening of protected attributes under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act include everything on the identity politics pyramid would make Victorian anti-vilification law section completely unworkable and dangerous.
The aim of these recommendations are sinister. They don't seek to protect people, but to silence debate. No one in Victoria will ever be able to have a conversation about issues like women in sport for example without fear of criminal or civil legal action.
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A ridiculous article from @CMscreens. The MSM defence of Leigh Sales is becoming a bit concerning. A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #abc730 #thisisnotjournalism #LeightheLiar…
It's not complex at all. We want a host and program that is balanced. We want a program that holds the current Government to account, rather than the opposition. We want a program that presents corruption as a continued pattern with this Government rather than isolated events.
When Gladys lies to ICAC we don't want #abc730 to conclude she has done nothing wrong. We don't want a host that lies about being trapped in Victoria. We don't want Richard Colbeck given an interview with softball questions when he finally accepts an interview.
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#lockdown3 is killing my sense of joy.
Not gonna lie I had a little weep earlier. No sense in dramatising it - I’ll survive - but the point is like to make is that I’m fairly resilient and these days only responsible for myself - imagine the lot of people with employees and families and friends who are falling apart.
We’re stuck - we have no objective standard to give us hope and @DanielAndrewsMP has a track record where even if we had a roadmap, we’d know that we only get half of what was promised at every step...

So we have ambiguity and leaders who gaslight us, and won’t keep their word.
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Today we've heard a lot from the Labor luvvies about @jeff_kennett - a man who left office BEFORE S-Club-7 released Bring It All Back in Australia... So... Umm... I guess "Don't stop, never give up, hold your head high and reach the top!" #auspol #springst
When @jeff_kennett left office, I was making a fortune doing Y2k testing - he left office before the Republic Referendum, before the Sydney Olympics, before Rove had a television show on commercial TV... It was a really long time ago... #auspol #springst
Do you remember Channel 7's gardening show "Ground Force"? It premiered a couple of months AFTER Kennett left office. Two Hands staring Heath Ledger hadn't yet premiered in cinemas when Kennett was in office. #springst #auspol
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The guy on the left has been arrested again for breaching bail in connection with fringe Qanon / anti mask / 5G / vaccine / government protests. The guy on the right is Victorian opposition leader Michael O'Brien. #SpringSt
Same guy, different 'friend' on the right. Professional con artists who've perfected the art of getting arrested for show, then begging for donations with slick websites which raise eye-watering sums from gullible fans.
They're good at making money. In fact they sell the same MAGA merch as Victorian opposition leader Michael O'Brien.
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1⃣ Both NSW and VIC used private security
2⃣ The ADF were never offered for security
3⃣ The majority of deaths were in private aged care
4⃣ The Aged Care RC and Senate Committee blames those deaths on the Federal Government ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #DimTim #FACTS
5⃣ Businesses in other states are still on Jobkeeper
6⃣ The whole country had job loses
7⃣ The Coate Inquiry could not confirm that the ADF were offered for security
8⃣ The Coate Inquiry said that Private Security may still have been required even if the ADF were offered and used
9⃣ NSW used one of the same security companies as VIC
🔟Theviruss has broken out of HQ in several states including NSW
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Insulting, stupid, homophobic, biphobic or transphobic questions asked during the debate on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 last night. Naturally with the member named and shamed. A thread! ⬇️⬇️⬇️ #auspol #springst #LGBTQ
"If, for example, somebody goes to them and
says, ‘I feel that I need a gender transition’, and the person says, ‘I don’t think that’s a very good idea’,
does that make them liable to be charged?" - Bernie Finn
.@JaclynSymes excellent answer "I assume you would be referring to seeking advice from a medical practitioner in relation to gender transition, and nothing in this bill changes the advice, support and medical treatment that a qualified medical professional deems appropriate."
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THREAD: I really wish we didn’t have to talk about this person again, but we think the most fitting tribute to Margaret Court would be to ban LGBTQ+ conversion practices nationally, starting by passing the Bill currently before the Victorian Parliament.

#auspol #springst #LGBTIQ
This would unequivocally tell young LGBTIQ+ people everywhere that they are whole, loved and valid just as they are.

I hope one day Mrs Court sees the wonderful country that Australia is, and can be, when we recognise and value everyone who makes up our great nation, equally.
This way we can spend less time talking about the views of tennis players and more time tackling the mental health challenges and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people.

That's how we build an Australia where everyone is equal, no matter who they are or whom they love.
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Or how about three days ago when @VictoriaPolice told us that a couple “fled the airport to avoid hotel quarantine” and were subject to a massive manhunt - turns out they were denied entry to Victoria and peacefully returned to NSW #springst #auspol
Or this fat fuck defending the use of spy drones (that we didn’t know @VictoriaPolice had) in case you were in your backyard #springst #auspol…
Then there was bloke who got fined out for putting the wheelie bin out at 8:10pm - after all the virus perfectly safe at 7:59pm, but at 8:01pm it’s a wicked enemy. (Oh and neither @VictoriaPolice or @VictorianCHO wanted the curfew - but we’re tough on Covid) #springst #auspol
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.@theage confirms their Peter Costello influence with one of 2020's most ridiculous and biased articles. A thread ⬇️⬇️ #auspol #springst #IstandwithDan
Firstly, the headline. Does anyone legitimately fear Dan? I know this is an opinion piece but when your view is nonsense it has to be called out. #auspol #springst #IstandwithDan
Our State Premiers (not just Dan) were thrust into the 'spotlight' as @ScottMorrisonMP delegated the pandemic response to the states. Morrison wasn't making decisions that mattered because is lazy and doesn't give a f**k. #auspol #springst #IStandwithDan #ParttimePM
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As I've read the entire report on HQ, it is now time to look at the inevitably biased media coverage. This biased article is written by @EwinHannan. A thread. ⬇️⬇️

#auspol #springst #hotelquarantine #thisisnotjournalism…
I thought the @australian was a National Newspaper? It's hard to believe that as the article doesn't mention the Federal Government once. This is despite the fact that the report mentions their errors several times. #auspol #springst #hotelquarantine #thisisnotjournalism
Coate clearly declares in her report that she couldn't confirm whether the ADF was available for front-line enforcement in HQ. Given that, this entire paragraph is terrible journalism.
#auspol #springst #hotelquarantine #thisisnotjournalism
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1/ My summary of the HQ Report if you don’t want to read a 100 comment thread or the entire report. A thread 🔽🔽🔽#auspol #springst #hotelquarantine
2/ .@ScottMorrisonMP and @AusBorderForce are directly responsible for letting COVID19 into Australia. They allowed a traveler from Wuhan into our country. #auspol #springst #hotelquarantine
3/ .@ScottMorrisonMP and his Government had no plans for hotel quarantine. This resulted in a delegating the quarantine response to the states with only 36 hours notice. #auspol #springst #hotelquarantine
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