Watching this whole Djokovic situation unfold has led me to theorise a few things and I’m sure others have thought the same.
To be honest, I don’t care about the Australian Open or the Djokovic thing. The situation seems to be the usual case of no-one taking responsibility and some kind of Dan v Scomo kabuki theatre thing. Rich athletes have been skirting the rules for the last two years at the expense of the plebs. If this wasn’t an election year, I honestly don’t think anyone would have given a fuck if Novak is jabbed or not, and neither do I.
Also ironic that our current China stance has led us to pull a Peng Shuai (sort of). I would not be surprised if the Australian Open is eventually moved elsewhere, given Melbourne is turning into Detroit and fast.
There’s also the refugee angle. Some sob stories about the people locked up in the hotel who have been in detention for years (ie taking the absolute piss out of the visa appeals process and appealing in the courts over and over until they get the answer they want) have been in the press and whatever, I don’t care. Hundreds of thousands of EZFKA units are out of work, broke and have had to put up with all kinds of nonsense since March 2020 and they are now expected to turn on the tears for some country shoppers who refuse to leave.
Yes, I’m harsh on borders but a simple look at France, Germany, Sweden, UK-France channel debacle, Italy-Africa, Greece-Turkey border and the US southern border situation proves my point. Demographics are destiny and EZFKA is headed the same way unless course is averted.
Now for the record, the border situation with COVID has been ridiculous. I could see the initial justification when it first began and we didn’t know what had happened in China. However, as time went on and also as athletes, politicians and billionaires could do as they please it became obvious it wasn’t about health. The interstate border situation is even more stupid and the ban on returning citizens was insane.
The one benefit of the external border closures has been the temporary pause in Australia’s mass immigration ponzi scheme. A temporary interlude from waves of non-skilled third world cannon fodder for the real estate and corporate sectors was turned away for two years. The screaming from the business lobby has been non-stop since the borders closed, and one thing it has done has forced Joe Normie to acknowledge how bad the ponzi scheme is. The borders have re-opened (sort of) and EZFKA Inc eventually got their wish.
How many will want to come back is the question. I’d say a fair few as normal but nowhere near 2019 levels. Our international reputation is trashed, a lot of businesses employing slave labour have been wiped out and international students were left hung out to dry during the closures (which I didn’t have a problem with at all and they should have just gone home).
Now, more to the point. In my opinion, the Djokovic situation is a distraction from other things that are happening in EZFKA right now.
The supply chain shortage is starting to squeeze and it’s not just toilet paper this time. Meat and fresh produce is really affected in multiple states. How long this goes on for no-one knows, but I would hazard a guess it will be rolling shortages until March at least. Part of this appears to be from testing and isolation requirements and partly border and freight issues (the AdBlue thing and several important international flight routes like Hong Kong are closed). Throw inflation on top of that pile.
The psycho-in-Chief Minister Michael Gunner has locked the unvaccinated out of society from last Thursday as well as yet another lockdown in the NT. An egregious human rights breach, but that hasn’t mattered since 2020 so it’s not surprising. I would expect the same to come to other states shortly.
And of course, NSW has essentially rolled out the third jab mandate after WA announced theirs in December. Following the usual incremental process of health workers first, then everyone else later. Dan Andrews comes back this week and I would expect similar for Victoria as he has now cancelled Australia Day. Just an amazing coincidence as the case count goes through the roof and people are lining up to get tested in the thousands. Don’t worry though you can go to the tennis, Novak or not.
That’s my one cent. I’m betting 2022 will be rougher than last year and we’re not even two weeks into it.