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Australian unemployment rate to double as virus hammers economy

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Best break out them handouts.

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Any country who is looking at figures regarding unemployment for economy shutting down or slowdown of imports should be looking towards the 1 country. The country who held and continues to hold back data, failing to take measures that avoid putting countries in situations such as unemployment mentioned in the article. The world put all of its apples in 1 basket and now paying the price.

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Will not bother Australia so much if economy has a bit of a rest for a while. Still lots of good food to eat, weather is awesome and the waves are still rolling in.

She'll be right mate.

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Will not bother Australia so much if economy has a bit of a rest for a while.

Wile it may not bother you in your fortunate situation, clearly it is having a major impact on millions of others.

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NZ liberal leader, one who aligns with science instead of denying it like the PM of Australia. Results speak for themselves.

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The extreme panicked lockdown measures in Australia and other nations are doing more damage and may be costing more lives in the end than they're saving.

Hundreds of thousands out of work. The Aussie economy has been absolutely smashed. A huge drop in govt income will put a strain on health care services going forward

A more balanced approach is needed.

Covid-19 deaths in Australia so far: 58. Mostly from cruise boats.

https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/coronavirus-long-term-lockdown-not-a-sustainable-solution/news-story/e905f7ff7b5d9fe605d050d27641c4e8

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Concerned Citizen - The extreme panicked lockdown measures in Australia and other nations are doing more damage and may be costing more lives in the end than they're saving.

Oh, good grief! Spare us the melodramatics please! The number of new cases in Australia is still dropping rapidly. The whole country is working towards beating this virus in order to return to a normal lifestyle quickly. The Aussie economy has not been smashed as you so melodramatically put. It has been hurt. but it will recover because all Aussies are determined to get their lives back. I'm not sure why you would refer to it as 'extreme panic lockdown' measures. I'd call it, sensible and enforced control measures, which are working very well. Australia will beat this virus in the next 2-3 months and the restrictions will be lifted. However, the international borders will remain closed, especially for those from the US and Japan.

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Concerned Citizen - The extreme panicked lockdown measures in Australia and other nations are doing more damage and may be costing more lives in the end than they're saving.

Should we believe an anonymous internet poster or the experts that put their names and reputations behind their outlooks?

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Thanks for your concern concerned citizen..

As my name suggests I reside in Australia and I can tell you that whilst the measures we are taking are extreme and have lead to a lot of unemployment, most of the country understands that by taking quick and decisive action at the start has helped us.

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@michaelqtodd

Will not bother Australia so much if economy has a bit of a rest for a while. Still lots of good food to eat, weather is awesome and the waves are still rolling in.

She'll be right mate.

This is no laughing matter for the hundreds of thousands of Aussies who just lost their businesses and employment, can't pay their bills or put food on the table and are mired in un-payable debt.

According to the WHO about 3000 people die from suicide per year in Australia and unemployment and debt are serious factors. I'm afraid there will be a spike due to the extreme lockdown measures.

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