On Neighbourhood Watch this week Zoe talks us through what is happening for Reconciliation Week in Te Whenua Moemoeā or Australia, including the explosion of an area of sacred land for a mine, we also touch on the amount of money borrowed by the government which was double what was needed and how that money will not be redistributed to other people in need.
Despite warnings by many public health experts that changing seasonal flu strains were beginning to contribute to higher mortality rates, the notion that a pandemic may hit was largely ignored throughout the last decade. Even now, the Australian government is focussing more on pointing a finger at China, who Scott Morrison posits is accountable for generating coronavirus. Mary-Margaret asked Zoe Kounadis about that this week, and if that rhetoric is taking off.
This week in Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe updates Mary-Margaret on what Adelaide looks like now that the country has flattened their COVID-19 curve. Zoe explains what has happened to Virgin airline and what its fate might look like. They also discuss what’s happened to Scott Morrison administration since a pirating of Malcolm Turnbull's memoirs, and an exciting kangaroo sighting.
Australia's Chief Medical Officer took part in our own Epidemic Response Committee this week, so Mary-Margaret asked Zoe if subsequent discussions about a possible trans tasman tourism bubble have been taking place across the ditch too. We also finally have some happier than usual news: Zoe tells Mary-Margaret about Thylacine, the newest DC character who is an Aboriginal woman from Pilbara.
This week in Neighbourhood Watch, Mary-Margaret asked Zoe if the Australian Government has gotten any closer to clearer social policy as a response to COVID-19. She also asked about the public’s response to the High Court’s decision to quash convictions against George Pell. The cardinal, who was sentenced to six years in prison for five guilty charges relating to sexual assault against children, was released from prison yesterday. Please note that, although this interview does not detail assault, it makes reference to issues that may be disturbing for some listeners.
In another weekly catch up with Radio Adelaide's Zoe Kounadis, Mary-Margaret learns about Scott Morrison's recent decision to curb the spread of COVID-19: restricting gatherings to 2 people. Zoe also explains that New Zealanders who live in Australia will now qualify for the recent JobKeeper Benefit, thanks in part to Prime Minister Ardern.
In a first for Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis, her and Mary-Margaret finally SAW each other! A small perk of conducting The Wire over Skype as the News Team operates from home. Zoe shares the different way in which Australia's government is handling COVID-19.