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Economic response to the Coronavirus



The Government is providing $259 billion in fiscal and balance sheet support, which is equivalent to around 13.3 per cent of annual GDP. Direct fiscal measures are equivalent to around 6.9 per cent of GDP.

The measures provide timely support to workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy to recover strongly once the health challenge has been overcome.

We are all impacted by COVID-19 one way or another. While some of us are at higher risk, e.g. older people and people with severe underlying health conditions, as young people, we are impacted due to individual, community or geographical circumstances.

The one thing that surely must cut across all these levels is being overwhelmed with the constant influx of  information and misinformation both on and offline. You will be flooded by a completely different set of information, such as the videos you see, the news you hear, the article read one thing. We are all also experiencing multiple stages of panic, paranoia, fear, uncertainty and disbelief or even denial to some extent.  “How could this happen”, or “this could never happen to me”! It is happening to us, all of us, and all of us together. But mostly it’s compounding the already uncertain future that young people face today. This makes the balance of social media of importance. Here are the three steps for social media detox:

• Draw the line. Everyone is worried about screen time during the pandemic, to reduce tech anxiety, it is important to distinguish a firm boundary between screen time that is helpful and screen time that is harmful. You should know that it is okay to spend time on social media if it’s being used for positive purposes like workout videos, museum tours or baking lessons. 

• Search for quality. Instead of bingeing on whatever is available, try to have a discussion with your families about their recommended articles, authors or platforms, it could be fun to seek out engaging and meaningful content together.

• Go offline on a regularly basis.  Although video calls currently seem to run our lives – for school, friend gatherings – Zoom burnout is real. Thus, it’s important not to forget the other ways to communicate with others and try to schedule a regular offline time for yourself. 

It is normal to get bored in the midst of self-isolation; therefore, having a creative outlet is vital as it can offer a way through anxiety and stress. Many of us find their distinctive way of enjoying this challenging time, for example, having photo shoots with your parents to record your self-isolation time; baking or cooking with your parents and learn to cook your special family food; drawing or sketching the neighbourhood that you live, or even trying different forms of writing.  These activities could make your self-isolation experience colourful; let’s try it together and be creative during this particular time!

Lately, it is vital to look after your mental health. Social distancing and self-isolation could be hard to deal with, and it is reasonable to have negative emotions, such as anxious, frustrated. Here are our tips for you to look after your mental wellbeing during the quarantine. 

• Staying connected. There are lots of opportunities to connect with communities through visual meetings. You could share your experience with new friends, get inspired and chat. Don’t be shy about going on camera. 

• Staying calm. Take some time to create a new routine and stick to it. While the old routine might be disrupted, the creation of a new one could give you a sense of order and normality.

• Dealing with stressful situations. Trying to walk away from a tense situation if you can, if your community do not have any coronavirus symptoms, you could exercise regularly to ease your stress. 

• Reaching out for help. If your living situation is being challenged, don’t struggle in silence.  Talk to someone you trust or call a helpline. 

There is a world for you to explore within your fingertips and many things are free. Whether you are in self-isolation or practising social distancing, be positive and hold on your beliefs. 

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Issue 059




What’s on in Issue 059?

Melbourne lockdown to end on Friday


Federal reasserted NSW quarantine plan


Melbourne Muslim women are boosting community vaccination


Wilcannia celebrates two weeks covid free


Weekly COVID news

  • International travel vaccination certificates
  • Contact tracer changes
  • Home COVID-19 tests approved in Australia
  • Quarantine-free travel
  • Supply for new COVID-19 treatments
  • Vaccines safe for fertility and pregnancy


Worldwide News

  • NZ reaches single day vaccination target
  • Under-vaccinated Russia records 1,000 new cases
  • Bali welcomes back foreign travelers
  • Malaysian unvaccinated life will become difficult
  • US vaccination campaign for younger children
  • Psychosis cases soar in England


Myth busting 059

  • Once you have had your vaccine shots you no longer need to take COVID precautions
  • The flu shot will protect me from COVID-19
  • The COVID-19 vaccines will modify my DNA
  • The vaccines have common serious and dangerous side effects


Recipes : Jewish Tzimmes / Maltese Rabbit Stew


Melbourne Eats (takeaway edition)

  • Brioche by Philip
  • Lune hot suburbs
  • Supernormal
  • Ima Project Cafe


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Issue 058




What’s on in Issue 058?


About Australia Covid booster shots

COVID news at a glance

  • Victoria could reach targets early
  • NSW stays the course
  • Mask mandated in schools
  • Victoria launches vaccine push for disabilities
  • Mildura entered lockdown
  • Victoria injects $15m into creative industry


Worldwide News

  • Finland suspends Moderna
  • Singapore expands quarantine-free travel
  • Called to allow vaccine use in aged five to 11
  • Redress world COVID vaccine imbalance
  • New Zealand braces for rising Covid cases
  • Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death


COVID Vaccines Myth busting #9

  • Are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine dangerous?
  • The COVID-19 vaccine was developed with or contains controversial substances?
  • For the 2-dose vaccines, are side effects different from the first to second shot?
  • If I’ve already had COVID-19, I don’t need a vaccine.


Cooking for your Loved Ones – Brazilian Fish Stew / Egyptian Taro Root Stew




Melbourne Eats (Takeaway Edition)

Bar Holiday / The Cricketers Bar / Pinchy’s / Greta

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Issue 057




What’s on in Issue 057?

Australia vaccination coverage is clawing its way up

Australia is clawing its way up from the bottom of the pack of wealthy nations in the COVID-19 vaccination race. After months spinning its wheels near the start line, we are now roaring towards the vaccination levels that will allow a safer re-entry into the world. But there is still a distance to go.


A quick guide to Delta 

Delta has managed to out-compete other variants, including Alpha. Variants are classified as “of concern” because they’re either more contagious than the original, cause more hospitalisations and deaths, or are better at evading vaccines and therapies. Or all of the above. So what have we learnt since Delta was first listed as a variant of concern?


Victoria’s numbers crossing over with NSW

As restrictions in Victoria begin to loosen, the state is experiencing record-high daily increases in COVID-19 cases. But why are Victoria’s numbers crossing over with New South Wales?


Weekly COVID news at a glance

  • Mandatory jab for authorised workers
  • Victoria backs construction industry
  • NSW set to hit vaccine milestone this week
  • Changing freedom roadmap plan refused
  • Queensland could face NSW-style outbreak
  • Vaccinated given the chance to win $1 million

Worldwide news

  • Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5M
  • New Zealand widens lockdown
  • South Africa jabs 2,000 children
  • Anger over UK quarantine rules
  • 3 Swiss Guards who refused vaccination return to Switzerland
  • Russia lost public trust on local-made vaccines

COVID vaccines myth busting #8

  • The COVID-19 vaccine enters your cells and changes your DNA?
  • The messenger RNA technology used to make the COVID-19 vaccine is brand new?
  • Now that we have a vaccine for COVID-19, can we make vaccines for the common cold, HIV and other diseases?
  • Can COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s fertility?

Cooking for your loved ones

Melbourne Eats (Takeaway Edition)

Elsie’s Butter Chicken / Jimmy Watson’s BBQ /  Mabu Mabu – Big Esso Snack Bar / Seven Seeds sandwiches



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