AustPaul comments

Posted in: China expects Japan's next PM to be conciliatory amid U.S. tensions See in context

Stay strong and true to your convictions Japan. I think a lot of people down under have lost respect for China now and hope for stronger ties with Japan and India.

China’s not being very conciliatory to us!

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context

I can understand restricting/banning tourist entry but long term residents/PR visa holders/those with business and family ties to japan should ideally be treated the same as returning residents. Have everyone take a test upon arrival and sign an undertaking to self isolate for 14 days.

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Posted in: Man shot by police after threatening them with knife See in context

Hey Tommy what if they’re coming around to canvas the neighbourhood about a recent burglary or something?

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Posted in: Model told by police to 'talk it out' with stalker who came to her door See in context

Pretty lacklustre handling of the matter by Police. At the least they could have spoken to the guy and outlined potential offences/charges should he continue. Is there a mechanism up there to make complaints about this sort of thing?

Wonder if there was enough for a trespass charge, similar to what the Aussie guy got when he tried to visit his kids at his outlaws’ place?

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Posted in: Australian state of Victoria to deploy military, impose hefty fines to enforce virus isolation See in context

Well said Yoshi and BigYen

It’s apparent there are some keyboard experts here not even in Australia commenting as if they are.

Makes me wonder how my grandparents would have handled this if it occurred in their heyday, I think they’d be more resilient and community minded.

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Posted in: Australian state of Victoria to deploy military, impose hefty fines to enforce virus isolation See in context


These are desperate times, personal freedoms aside, if a full 6 week lockdown is what it takes to bring this under control then so be it.

I’m in the west and it has pretty much been contained here.

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Posted in: Australia reports record daily coronavirus cases, 14 deaths See in context

Sorry, reading again I see the article was partially correct!

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Posted in: Australia reports record daily coronavirus cases, 14 deaths See in context

The reference to the three in Queensland is incorrect, two of the girls were in Melbourne for a week (where they likely contracted the virus) and falsely claimed they were in Sydney (where they transited) when returning to Brisbane. They’ve now been criminally charged with fraud/making false health declaration.

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

So the same does not apply for Japanese nationals? I.e need to be virus free 72 hours prior to arrival?

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Posted in: Australian police disperse Black Lives Matter rally See in context


Quite a statement you just made there, now let’s see you back it up with facts. While you’re at it research what a death in custody means.

Yes, there have been deaths in custody, of all races, but don’t insinuate they are all homicides/manslaughter cases.

Your comment that black people are “routinely” killed by Police in Australia has no merit and is highly offensive.

All lives matter

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Posted in: Australian state records daily virus record; warns of lockdown extension See in context


I’m not getting cocky, at least that was not my intention. As BigYen said I’m frustrated that it wasn't handled as well as it should have been over there. And I was involved in the WA response.

In any event just hope they can get on top of things soon as it does affect the whole country.

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Posted in: Australian state records daily virus record; warns of lockdown extension See in context


Where are you then?

Yes, the situation in Victoria isn’t good but we’re doing the best we can.

I’m in the west and things are pretty much back to normal, maybe because we were a bit more vigilant?

Sitting on the train now and not a mask in sight..

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot after attacking police officer in Kyoto See in context

Readers, what goes up must come down and you’ll find that warning shots in an urban area particularly are advised against.

This is common knowledge and practice.

To the down voters can you justify why you disagree?

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot after attacking police officer in Kyoto See in context

Good that the suspect managed to be apprehended however warning shots are not only unwarranted but also dangerous.

Giving a warning to shoot is preferable unless circumstances don’t allow it.

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Posted in: Australia launches $2 bil pandemic retraining plan as virus cases rise See in context


Its been several months now since they were told to come back...I understand flights may have been restricted but many people here feel they have had enough time to get their a###s home! Not to mention that a lot of people who do return seem to bring the virus with them.

We were nearly on top of this damn virus too..

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Posted in: Male babysitter arrested for molesting 5-year-old girl See in context

Why the down vote? I only said I hope they have a vetting system up there as they do here to hopefully prevent this type of thing..


I am not aware of that, there is no rule or law stating male teachers can’t teach kindy or young kids, although most teachers of younger kids are female.

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Posted in: Male babysitter arrested for molesting 5-year-old girl See in context

Absolutely disgusting.

Im hoping Japan has something similar to Australia where you need to have a Police clearance to work with children, I’d assume he would being a teacher but still..

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Posted in: Rallies held in Australia for 2nd weekend; some banned See in context

@non party, what??

Have no problem with protests, it’s a democratic right in this country too (albeit you’ll need a permit to do en masse in the city) If we ever see looting and criminal damage during them then they’ll lose any support from the majority.

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Posted in: New Zealand drops plans for armed police patrols See in context


There is racism and bigotry worldwide but I disagree with your comment it runs high in my country.

I find your comment offensive.

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Posted in: Australia requests China trade talks, but won't drop virus inquiry push See in context

Hopefully the rest of the world is behind us on this, we can’t do it alone.

Personally I hope our govt. won’t back down, we are strong diplomatically but not politically. China does not feel like a friend at the moment, if anything a childish bully.

What do you mean good luck?

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Posted in: Woman conned out of ¥14.2 mil in coronavirus scam See in context

Very unfortunate, it’s a pity she didn’t verify this with other family members.

Many elderly people in Australia give enduring power of attorney to trusted family members when it comes to financial matters, wonder if they have the same system in Japan?

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Posted in: Australia accelerates COVID-19 testing after securing 10 mil kits; dispute with China continues See in context

Let’s hope these test kits are worth it and actually work, otherwise Mr Forrest will end up looking bad too.

A lot of Australians are furious with China for their reaction to the call for an inquiry. I think it’s only natural we and perhaps the rest of the world want to know how and why this happened so we are better prepared next time. If you actually read what was said by their side, well if the shoe was on the other foot we’d be in trouble!

China, economically strong perhaps but diplomatically immature.

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Posted in: Nearly 2 million Australians download coronavirus tracing app within hours of its release See in context

Our numbers here in Western Australia may increase this week as there are four international flights coming back into the country.

As for the app, I may download it as they state “Without this technology, health officials have to rely on people being able to remember who they have been around, and being able to provide contact details for those people.”

Crikey, I have trouble remembering what I had for brekkie last week..

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Posted in: Anzac Day services replaced by home vigils in Australia, NZ See in context

@Goodluck, what’s that got to do with this?

It’s the first time since the Second World War there have been no marches but good to see the spirit is alive and well with many people commemorating at home.

Lest we forget.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor asks residents to grocery shop only every 3 days See in context

This needn’t be a directive from the governor, supermarkets should show some initiative and limit numbers in store and introduce set shopping times for the elderly/disabled etc.

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Posted in: Truck kills 4 Australian police who stopped speeding driver See in context

Q and Smith, if the freeway continued for another 10km where do you propose they stop? 10km further down the road? Doesn’t work like that.

As I have stated there is an emergency lane where vehicles usually stop in situations like this (Police vehicle with lights flashing and the slow to 40km/h rule) and just very unfortunate that this led to an accident.

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Posted in: Truck kills 4 Australian police who stopped speeding driver See in context

Hey Citizen, where should they stop? Enlighten us. Do you know the layout of the freeway?

Most major roads here have an emergency stopping lane on the far left for breakdowns etc. so this would be normally used. The police vehicle also would have had their emergency lights flashing also the law requires drivers and riders to slow to 40km/h when passing stationary enforcement or emergency vehicles with flashing lights.

This was a terrible accident, RIP to the VicPol victims.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan at crucial stage for lifting of state of emergency See in context

I don’t know what the solution is for a country like Japan as it doesn’t seem to have the appropriate legislation in place to enforce these measures. Or is it really a constitution matter?

Nearly all shops here (Western Australia) have markings on the floor to stand 1.5m apart from each other, perspex screens at the checkouts, large gatherings (sport games, parties etc) banned, probably higher rate of testing and even our state is divided up into smaller sections with travel to regional areas banned.

Im not saying this is the best solution but that as well as no more international and domestic travel (special exemptions may apply for domestic including self quarantine) seems to have slowed the spread. Yes we have the appropriate legislation but it is also and perhaps mostly up to the populace to get on board too.

Ganbatte Japan!

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Posted in: Australian man jailed for violating quarantine See in context


Spot on mate, I too reside in Perth and can confirm that life goes on, albeit we are all a bit more conscious of social distancing and hygiene practices.

@Concerned, thanks for your concern but I don’t see what you propose happening. The restrictions are hurting the economy we know, they won’t go on forever and it is for the best in the long term.

As an ad on TV here for a private health fund states, “We are all in this together”.

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Posted in: Australian unemployment rate to double as virus hammers economy See in context

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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