It's the economy, stupid!

 
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
The Australian dollar continues to plumb new depths - probably the financial markets are realising that the RBA will need to cut anyway. Down to US$0.65.9 today, the lowest it's been since the GFC.

Interesting news about Victorian Chairman Dan Andrews - he's telling everyone that fear of corona virus is racist and he's going to light up Melbourne in the yellow-and-red of his communist heroes as well as do a business mission to China (as soon as it's safe, of course). From The Age;

Landmarks across Melbourne – such as the Arts Centre, Flinders Street Station and Melbourne Town Hall – will also be lit in the red and gold colours of the Chinese flag this Friday as part of a campaign to show solidarity with Chinese Victorians.

The coronavirus has taken a massive toll on Chinese-Australian businesses such as restaurants as people fearing infection stay away.

The state government is now launching its “stronger together” campaign, which will include discussions with Chinese community leaders about helping local businesses and enhancing trade.

It is unclear whether Premier Daniel Andrews will join the delegation to China.

The state government will also host a dinner for the Chinese community, including diplomatic, business and community leaders, in recognition of their contributions to Victoria.

Last October,  Victoria signed a fresh deal with the Chinese government and its global Belt and Road infrastructure project, and Mr Andrews urged other Australian governments to follow suit.

The agreement, signed in Beijing, increased co-operation between the state and China in the key areas of infrastructure, innovation, ageing and trade development.

I'm wondering if it's ever occurred to Dan Andrews that not every ethnic Chinese person in Victoria loves the Chinese Communist Party as much as he does?

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  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
The University of Western Sydney is actually going to pay Chinese students $1,500 if they can go to a third-party country for 14 days thus getting around the corona virus ban and ensuring they can come to university and pay all those juicy fees that are so far being withheld. Daily Mail Australia:

Western Sydney University told its international students on Wednesday it would subside the cost of airfares and accommodation to allow them to reach Australia 'through a third country'.  

It comes as the Australian government extended the ban on those coming from mainland China until February 29, affecting an estimated 65,000 Chinese students. The ban can be dodged though by going through a country which does not have a travel ban on those coming from China.

Those countries include Thailand, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

In the e-mail being circulated online this week, the university said the $1500 payment would be made after arrival in Australia.

'We consider the Australian Government's endorsement of entering Australia through a third country an important development, opening up the opportunity to arrive in time to commence study in Australia,' the e-mail said.

The move has been hailed by the Sydney Student Representatives' Council, which said universities capable of helping subsidise travel costs should be helping out.

'The fact international students are paying $45,000 annually for tuition fees does not mean they should always pay more,' the council's general secretary Abbey Shi told The Australian.

Travel agents are taking advantage of the loophole in the travel ban by selling 14-day travel packages to go-between countries such as Dubai.

You have to wonder what sort of responsibility the University will take if it turns out that the incubation period for the disease is even longer than a fortnight and that in fact they're helping to bring infected people to Australia for no other reason than MONEY? It's pretty obvious that Australian universities have sold out locals with a preference for full-fee paying international students - taking in as many as they can and then forcing locals to compete with them for jobs in Australia after they graduate.

Also, where does the University get the $1,500 from - is that a tax deduction or write-off? Using taxpayer money to circumvent quarantine laws for foreign students, where on earth do these people get off!
  Upven Station Master

The University of Western Sydney is actually going to pay Chinese students $1,500 if they can go to a third-party country for 14 days thus getting around the corona virus ban and ensuring they can come to university and pay all those juicy fees that are so far being withheld. Daily Mail Australia:

Western Sydney University told its international students on Wednesday it would subside the cost of airfares and accommodation to allow them to reach Australia 'through a third country'.  

It comes as the Australian government extended the ban on those coming from mainland China until February 29, affecting an estimated 65,000 Chinese students. The ban can be dodged though by going through a country which does not have a travel ban on those coming from China.

Those countries include Thailand, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

In the e-mail being circulated online this week, the university said the $1500 payment would be made after arrival in Australia.

'We consider the Australian Government's endorsement of entering Australia through a third country an important development, opening up the opportunity to arrive in time to commence study in Australia,' the e-mail said.

The move has been hailed by the Sydney Student Representatives' Council, which said universities capable of helping subsidise travel costs should be helping out.

'The fact international students are paying $45,000 annually for tuition fees does not mean they should always pay more,' the council's general secretary Abbey Shi told The Australian.

Travel agents are taking advantage of the loophole in the travel ban by selling 14-day travel packages to go-between countries such as Dubai.

You have to wonder what sort of responsibility the University will take if it turns out that the incubation period for the disease is even longer than a fortnight and that in fact they're helping to bring infected people to Australia for no other reason than MONEY? It's pretty obvious that Australian universities have sold out locals with a preference for full-fee paying international students - taking in as many as they can and then forcing locals to compete with them for jobs in Australia after they graduate.

Also, where does the University get the $1,500 from - is that a tax deduction or write-off? Using taxpayer money to circumvent quarantine laws for foreign students, where on earth do these people get off!
don_dunstan
I read that the top ten universities for international students have a $12b in cash. This is just pure greed from public institutions. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/universities-have-12-billion-war-chest-to-confront-coronavirus-crisis-20200219-p542c0.html