Clive Palmer took out a three page ad today, boasting about buying 32,900,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine because he is Clive Palmer and Australia has a Donald Trump sized hole he loves to do his best to fill.

A friend of the blog alerted me to this discussion on Melbourne radio 3AW. Infectious disease experts are not in to it.

For the record, research is being carried out, but so far, it has been found not to be an effective treatment. Also, DO NOT undergo any drug treatment without talking to a doctor. I know I shouldn’t have to say that, but then again, we know people have started injecting themselves with disinfectant so you can never be too careful.

For those who were asking, this is what Anthony Albanese had to say about Mike Kelly’s future when the Labor leader was asked on ABC radio this morning:

Fran Kelly: Just finally, Anthony Albanese, there’s many reports that the Labor member in Eden Monaro, Mike Kelly, is about to retire from parliament for ill health. Has he told you he is retiring?

Albanese: Look, he is dealing with some health issues, there is no secret in that. And he is not the only member of parliament who has been dealing with health issues in recent times on both sides of the House. And it’s important at times like that, that people’s privacy and their capacity to deal with those health issues is dealt with.

Kelly: Are you preparing for a byelection in Eden-Monaro?

Albanese: What I’m preparing for is parliament coming back in May. And in terms of Mike Kelly’s health issues, they are well-known. They actually arise from his service in the defence force and his exposure that occurred whilst serving our nation overseas. And that’s deserving of respect and deserving of something better than speculation which has been around for the last year also about Mike Kelly.

NSW police have confirmed that NRL players Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell are being investigated for firearm breaches after the pair went camping with a group, breaking social distancing rules, and then posted about it on social media.

Among those social media posts was the pair shooting firearms. So that is the next investigation.

NSW police said everyone was being “very cooperative” though. So there is that.

But Anthony Albanese says Labor does hold common ground with the government when it comes to pushing back against China’s threats of consumer retribution to get Australia to back off its calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, and China’s response.

Marise Payne has said Australia will not be cowed by threats of economic coercion. Albanese agrees:

I certainly agree with the government’s position on this. This is something that’s certainly not a partisan issue. I think that not just the government, but I think Australians who are currently social distancing, who are not being able to undertake their normal activity in life, have a right to know exactly what happened here.

And it’s not just a matter of an academic exercise of someone writing a thesis. This is so that it never happens again. And that’s why we have strongly supported the recommendations not just for an investigation into how this occurred, but also that a body, the obvious one is the World Health Organization, to be given the power to be able to go to a nation state and make inspections in a similar way to which weapons inspectors are empowered to do so.

This has had a devastating impact on lives, but also on economies. And it’s important that we do whatever we can to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. And I would have thought that China, along with every nation in the world, has an interest in achieving that.

You can tell the eye of the (first and hopefully only) storm is passing because politics is starting to return to normal.

And normal in Australia means we are talking about Angus Taylor.

Here was Anthony Albanese on the ABC this morning:

Well, one question that would be good, or one answer, more importantly, which is, “Where did the document come from that Angus Taylor or his office gave to a publication newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, that was a fraudulent document?”

He knows where it came from. He has told parliament that it was downloaded from the City of Sydney website.

We know that isn’t true. The police have confirmed that is not true. There is no evidence that it was downloaded from that site.

And he should just say where it came from. This is, quite frankly, absurd that this has gone on for so long.

And if he won’t do it, the prime minister must make him come clean to parliament.

Lying to parliament is a very serious offence. And we can’t have a circumstance whereby it is just swept away like it didn’t happen.

NSW to allow two adults to visit another household from Friday

Gladys Berejiklian on the NSW changes:

So the biggest change from Friday for most people is that two adults can go and visit another household. Please, please do that responsibly.

We trust everybody to do it responsibly. Don’t take risks.

We don’t want to see the numbers suddenly spike up because people are being irresponsible.

And I’m absolutely confident that people will be responsible, because there’s too much at stake.

I anticipate during May, we will see more cases and that’s because when you increase activity, when you see people move around more frequently, you will see more cases but the health system will be able to cope with that because we’ve used this time during April to build up the capacity get the extra PPE and to make sure that we’re ready, whether it’s in schools, whether it’s people going shopping or whether it’s people now visiting houses two adults at a time.

NSW schools to go back on 11 May, restrictions relaxed

Gladys Berejiklian says there will be a staged approach to bringing back schools but, from mid-term, schools should be back to on-site learning.

That matches what Queensland has indicated it will be doing – its schools will be pupil-free until 22 May, with a decision on returns to be made in the week of 15 May, which is mid-term for that state.

Victoria is still to announce its concrete return plan.


It will be staged for the initial fortnight, and then based on those results, we’ll be able to update the community on how quickly we can have full-time attendance. Again, that will be based on how things go, but we’re hopeful that students will be getting full time face-to-face teaching during and definitely by the end of term two.

Berejiklian also says NSW will relax some of its physical restriction rules:

From May 1, on Friday, two adults will be able to go and visit anybody else in their home on the basis of care, on the basis of reducing socialisation and everybody’s mental health.

We know that for many people, they’ve been cooped up in their homes for a number of weeks, and with the exception of exercising, medical needs or buying what they need to or going to work, many people have been isolated in their homes.

So please know that from Friday, two adults can go and visit anyone else, and I’ve used the word “adults” to say, obviously, if you have young children, it’s OK to take them with you.

But a maximum of two adults will be able to visit anybody else. But I do want to stress that if you’re visiting someone who is over 70 years of age, or someone with a comorbidity, you have to practice really good social distancing.

If you have the mildest sniffle, do not go and visit anybody. If you’re feeling slightly unwell or fatigued, don’t risk it.