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Dear Readers,

 

Australia is divided into two parts: the Covid-19 infected Victoria and the Covid-19 threatened others.

In NSW, your home and outside gathering cannot accommodate more than 20 guests at the same time, while a public sports event can have at most 500 participants. Weddings can have at most 150 guests and church worship at most 100 attendants. In restaurants and other venues, you need to have a marshal to oversee social distancing with the capacity of over 250 people. All diners must provide their name and contact details, including a phone number or email address, to allow for contact tracing.

For Tasmania, all travellers from the other states, including returning residents, must quarantine for 14 days upon the arrival. Non-Tasmanian residents must carry out their quarantine in government-provided accommodation.

For South Australia, people from Queensland, WA, the NT and Tasmania can enter South Australia without having to quarantine for 14 days.

The most important thing is, no matter where you are, the four-square metres social distancing rule must be observed. That is, all Australians are still living in a restricted way.

Poor Victorians except with permitted reasons for essential services must stay at home in isolation. Premier Daniel announced the road map to re-open on 6 September and assured Victorians would be in this state until 26 October. The only comfort is that the condition of lockdown will be eased a bit after 28 September. We are giving you more details about this road map in this issue of BlessingCALD.

The bright side of this road map is that we see there is hope, and a plan to re-open Melbourne after we are assured that the pandemic situation is under control now.

What Australians need now is more assurance from the governments on when we can have vaccines to prevent the threat from virus, how we can live in a normal condition, and the confidence to rebuild our broken and fallen economy?

To gain trust and cooperation from Australians, our leaders must listen to the pains of the people and give them sufficient support and help. Our leaders need courage, wisdom, and passion to work with other leaders together to face this challenge. May our leaders be blessed to be great leaders.

 

Raymond Chow

Publisher

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What we can learn from this mistake?

Dear Readers,

For more than 100 days, Melburnians have been isolated at home and become another species different from others in Australia. At present, restrictions have been eased and businesses are looking forward to 2 November or earlier to re-open.

There are a lot of learnings in this period.

We are now all wearing masks, not to be seen as sick, but as a love sign to protect others.

Over 15,000 people even with minor syndromes are tested every day, NOT to find out who is infected but to be confirmed that we are fit to interact with others.

We all stay at home, slowing and diminish our interaction with others, so that spread of the coronavirus is also slowed. With efficient contact tracing, we can contain the pandemic even if someone unfortunately is infected. We always clean our hands and keep social distance with others so that others are protected.

Many of us have suffered. Some feel depressed and lonely, others become desperate and full of helplessness. Those who cannot visit their loved ones may have a sense of guilt. Those who lost their loved ones even have regret that could never be forgotten.


What can be and should be done?

The Hotel Quarantine Inquiry was set up to find out what had been wrong in the government to have Victorians exposed in this disaster. A health minister and Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet had resigned in the process of inquiry. We are still unsure who had decided employing private security guard services.

We hope that the truth can be revealed and Victorians finally can know why all this ordeal has happened.

We understand that no government has enough experience to know the right path to be out of this situation. But we need to know what mistakes we had committed. And we need to have people who had made the wrong decisions to be accountable.

We need to learn from this mistake that Australians will no longer suffer like the Victorians in the past months.

 

Raymond Chow

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Dear Readers,

On 13 August, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced 5 million to support the distribution of Covid-19 information among CALD communities. A CALD Covid-19 Taskforce was set up and proposals were invited from CALD communities for Covid-19 projects. However, nearly two months later, little has been done to distribute Covid-19 information.
It was discussed in a meeting with Premier Andrews that the government needed to support ethnic media at this time of Covid-19 as practically most community support to ethnic media disappeared with local businesses face hardship, especially during the lockdown. Many ethnic media have already stopped publishing or broadcasting. In return, ethnic media could help the Victorian government to equip CALD communities with government policies and initiatives to fight Covid-19 together.
Unfortunately, after nearly two months, ethnic media still receive nothing from the various governments. The government simply keeps on sending promotion and PR material to ethnic media without addressing how these media can exist.

I believe that both the state and federal governments need to face the reality that just producing CALD Covid-19 information in different languages is NOT sufficient for them to be distributed. And more important, sending out the information to CALD community organizations is again unable to guarantee their distribution. Yes, social media is fast in distributing information occasionally. However, it is often noted that misinformation and false news are faster and widely spread than useful government information. There is simply no social initiatives to distribute government information through the social network.

 

The more successful and reliable way of distributing CALD Covid-19 information is through community ethnic media promotion. Adding community flavour to government information allows greater support for it to be distributed through community support to these media. The internet and mobile communications allow greater flexibilities to distribute through various social platforms. But the most important is that information must be put into ethnic media platforms first.
National Ethnic Media and Broadcasting Council (NEMBC) recently received funding to produce Victorian daily 4 minutes Covid-19 news in different languages. This is essential as CALD Victorians can access to up-to-date daily CALD information and be connected. BlessingCALD.com.au is proud to have ALL of this daily news to be broadcasted online to all multicultural Victorians to support this meaningful initiative.
I believe that this is a good example of demonstrating how we can work together to serve CALD Australians.

Raymond Chow
Publisher, BlessingCALD

5 Oct., 2020

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Dear Readers,

 

On 28 September, the 14-day average of new coronavirus cases in Melbourne was below 20 and we have moved into step 2 of the roadmap. It is expected that step 3 will occur on or before 19 October. Premier Daniel Andrews emphasized that it is NOT the date but the number of cases that will determine when the future steps will occur.

Premier Andrews promised the government would constantly review its modelling. Let us pray that Melbourne will be free as soon as possible

A lot of Victorians are losing patience in lockdown isolation. In the past weekends, protesters came up to the city to ask for their right to be released immediately. Yes, Melbourne is now practising a strategy that is seen to be harsher than many western countries. But we do see that a second wave is emerging in Europe with the number of infection rises rapidly, where the lockdown was seen to be released too early. Melburnians have already paid the cost of losing freedom for over 8 weeks to gain this fantastic suppression of the spread of the virus. This success can be easily be forfeited if we choose to come out from the lockdown too early.

Of course, no one can prove when should be exactly the best timing for unlocking Melbourne. To be conservative is acceptable as life matters. The expression of opinions is the fundamental rights of an Australian citizen. However, this right is subject to not endangering the others. By organizing protest gatherings which help to spread the virus should not be commended nor recommended.

In this time of the pandemic, hundreds of people died and we should have learned a lesson. Human beings are not just individuals. We are united socially as a community and should be responsible, not just for ourselves but also for others. By threatening the existence of the others to insist on personal right or belief is unacceptable by society.

We should learn to give up our rights to bless the others. For example, we wear a mask to protect others from being affected by us. Or we test and isolate ourselves so that others can be protected from the possibility that we are infected. It demonstrates our love, responsibility and commitment to others in society.

It is a time that we should learn how to live in love during this pandemic.

 

Raymond Chow

Publisher

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