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With virus under control, Australia exits first recession in almost 30 years

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By DAVID GRAY

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Congrats, even with the virus lockdowns and China squeezing the economy, it displays a robust economy. Not a big fan of the liberals by Cudos Federal, State governments. How's Japan doing?

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The country has been relatively successful in its pandemic health response to date

Gotta love the media wording - so Australia with its decisive response pretty much eradicates the virus country wide but its just " relatively successful " .. whereas Japan with its embarassing, " we shall not test " indecisive ,half arsed measures is refferred to as " managing the pandemic better than most countries ".

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Australia’s problem now is one of identity. How it sees itself with regard to China, the incoming bushfires, and the illiberal governance during covid. It will be interesting what kind of country appears.

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No problem. Australia is nothing but resilient, she’ll be right mate., Identify? China gets so upset about criticizing them about ‘internal domestic affairs’ but leap in on others? Think their insecurity is the problem.

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It's great that Australia has managed this so soon, after all the scaremongering sky-is-falling anti-lockdown panic merchants predicting economic Armageddon and the end of democracy as we knew it in Oz, with the added paranoid predictions of the establishment of a quasi-fascist regime. Sorry, ain't gonna happen.

Of course the virus isn't beaten, and Australia needs to be concerned about a possible resurgence, especially via quarantine breaches. I'm not sure Australians would be quite so focused on beating the virus if they were asked to go through a Victorian-style lockdown all over again. I hope I'm wrong on that.

Australia’s problem now is one of identity. How it sees itself with regard to China, the incoming bushfires, and the illiberal governance during covid. It will be interesting what kind of country appears.

Australia will continue in the same form it has always had. A genuine social democracy with a commitment to fair and equitable government. Like anywhere else, there are problems, but the country has shown its strengths over the course of the pandemic. The real question now is the damage being done by the pandemic to other social democracies worldwide, whose internal frailties and fragmentations have become all too apparent during the past year. Countries with too many of the kind of people in them, for example, who can look at a lockdown which has succeeded in saving the lives of thousands and would nevertheless agree with a comment which wilfully misrepresents those measures as being "illiberal governance".

Still. Best of luck to everyone, wherever you may be.

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In spite of China's childish hostilities towards Australia and 200% tariffs on wine and other trade barriers and tariffs designed to make Australia bend to China's will, Australia has bounced back in typical fashion with strength and community spirit. China's arrogance and interference will ultimately be its downfall. Acting tough on Australia will get China nowhere.

The economy will continue to improve regardless of outside interference's because it has strong foundations.

Well done Australia, stay safe.

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Australia always bounces back . We are the lucky country .

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I really would like to know what Australia did which Japan didn't do.

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