PM's announces suspension of extradition treaty with Hong Kong over China's imposition of mainland laws

And this is the latest DFAT advice to Australian travellers considering a visit to Hong Kong.

Still current at:09 July 2020
Updated:09 July 2020
Latest update:The new national security legislation for Hong Kong could be interpreted broadly. Under the law, you could be deported or face possible transfer to mainland China for prosecution under mainland law. The full extent of the law and how it will be applied is not yet clear. You may be at increased risk of detention on vaguely defined national security grounds. You could break the law without intending to. If you’re concerned about the new law, reconsider your need to remain in Hong Kong.

 


The PM now supports people paying for their own quarantine stay if they return to Australia

Garry and Wendy Goldsworthy are currently stranded in South Korea - along with their mobile home, their yacht.  As you'd imagine, they've been keen to stay with their boat - but they're at the mercy of South Korean authorities who may or may not extend their visas.

Garry's just read the article below - here's his note to me

G'day mate.

Did you see this article with Scomo's support for charging us now if we return. "'There have been many opportunities for people to return... if they're choosing to do so now, they have obviously delayed that decision for a period.' "

Stuff him and all of the political class. If we get denied a visa extension (in South Korea)we are screwed.

It's not like we have had any clear direction from these idiots. I can't believe I voted for any of these fools.

This is what you get for 25 years of service and never asking for one cent of government support.

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  • Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan wants people to pay for quarantine  
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today that was 'completely understandable'
  • He also supported Premier Daniel Andrews' decision to lock down Melbourne

Scott Morrison has supported states making returned travellers pay for their own hotel quarantine.

The Prime Minister said state governments were 'within their rights' to send people the bill and that he is making plans to reduce the number of people flying home to ease pressure on the quarantine system.

On Monday Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said he was drafting legislation to make returned travellers pay for two weeks of accommodation to save taxpayer money.

Mr Morrison said: 'I think that would be a completely understandable proposition.

'There have been many opportunities for people to return... if they're choosing to do so now, they have obviously delayed that decision for a period.'  

ENDS

Seems a bit rich to me - paying to be put into detention in a place you don't choose, and every chance with Victorian style hopeless clowns running the show.


Australian stockbroker found dead in Thailand - plastic bag tied around his head & wrists cable-tied behind his back

Australian stockbroker is found dead in Thailand with plastic bag tied around his head and his wrists bound behind his back with cable ties – as police say his death was SUICIDE

  • An Australian stock market trader has been found dead in a Thai apartment 
  • Andrew George Tomlinson found by a maid in Pattaya on eastern Gulf coast
  • Police have also found a notepad on his desk which contained a list of songs 
  • Maid who notified authorities said he was living there for almost three years
  • Said she never ‘thought he had any problems’ and he was usually very quiet
  • There were no signs of struggle or forced entry, police in Thailand have said 

The body of an Australian stock market trader has been found in an apartment in Thailand, with police treating the death as suicide. 

Andrew George Tomlinson, 59, was discovered by a shocked maid in the four-storey building in Pattaya on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast on Saturday afternoon.

He was found lifeless on the bed with a plastic bag tied around his head and both his wrists bound behind his back with cable ties.

Police checked CCTV but claimed there was no sign of anyone else entering the room.

A notepad was on his desk containing a list of songs – including Linkin Park’s In The End, Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music and KT Tunstall’s Suddenly I See.

Mr Tomlinson was found lifeless on the bed with a plastic bag tied around his head and both his wrists bound with cable ties

Pictured: The seven computer screens set up on Mr Tomlinson's desk staff at the hotel said he used to trade stocks

Pictured: The seven computer screens set up on Mr Tomlinson’s desk staff at the hotel said he used to trade stocks

The maid who called the emergency services said Mr Tomlinson had been living there for almost three years.

He had seven computer screens set up on a desk which the staff at the hotel said he used to trade stocks.

She said: ‘I never thought that he had any problems. He worked in his room so he was very quiet.’

Police Lieutenant Col Nithat Waewpradab, deputy superintendent of Pattaya city police, said Mr Tomlinson was wearing a green t-shirt and underwear.

There were no signs of a struggle and officers had been unable to see anyone acting suspiciously or entering the room, he added.

The police chief said: ‘Forensic officers have examined the scene and sent the body of the dead man to hospital.

A notepad was found on his desk containing a list of songs including Linkin Park's In The End

A notepad was found on his desk containing a list of songs including Linkin Park’s In The End

Authorities are pictured moving Mr Tomlinson's body from the apartment after it was found on Saturday

Authorities are pictured moving Mr Tomlinson’s body from the apartment after it was found on Saturday 

‘We will know the cause of death from a post-mortem examination.

‘We believe the man committed suicide and we are not looking for anybody else. 

‘I could not see any evidence of a disturbance in the room.’


Labor/CFMEU Andrews Govt announces latest backtrack/community-wide internment regime

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07 July 2020
Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July.

2020 has not been the year any of us wanted.

Cancelled events. Plans put on pause. Uncertainty about what the future holds. And I guess that's why so many people want to pretend this is over.

Others don't have that luxury. In the last 36 hours we lost two more Victorian lives to this deadly virus. We don't yet know their names, their stories or the circumstances in which they died.

All we do know is that — except for the company and compassion of the medical staff who cared for them —they would have died alone.

No family. No friends. No holding hands. No goodbyes. Denied the last quiet moments that we all hope for.

That's how dangerous and infectious this disease is.

Thankfully, it's a fate that most Victorian families have not been asked to endure. And I think, for some, that's led to a creeping complacency.

But although today it's someone else — tomorrow it could be you, or me.

I know a lot of people aren't scared because this feels like something happening to other people in other parts of the world. But you should be scared of this. I'm scared of this. We all should be.

Yesterday, we reached a grim new milestone, the most cases in a single day. Today, we surpassed it.

It's clear we are on the cusp of our second wave — and we cannot let this virus cut through our communities.

It's why based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July.

For six weeks, and if you live in these areas, there'll be only four reasons to leave your home:

Shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study — if you can't do it from home.

Otherwise: Stay home. Stay home. Stay home. In case it needs repeating, stay home. We are fighting a global and deadly pandemic.

This Stay at Home direction will apply to your principal place of residence — that means no escaping to holiday homes.

And because we need to limit the spread of the virus across our state, there will only be three reasons to cross the border of these metropolitan areas: Shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Work and study — if you can't do it from home.

Unless you're a local, that means no fishing trips at Lakes Entrance. No four-hour hikes in the Grampians.

Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will also return to Stage 3 restrictions.

Restaurants and cafes will return to takeaway and delivery services only. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.

I know just how tough this will be for these businesses and for their workers. I promise, we'll have more to say shortly about support to help get you through.

I also understand six weeks might feel like an eternity. But it's the time our health experts tell us they need to really get on top of this thing.

Many parents, teachers and students will be worried about what happens with the school year. I can confirm that all Year 11 and Year 12 students in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will go back to school for Term 3 as planned, along with our special schools.

For students Prep to Year 10, we're going to extend the school holidays by one week, so we can get more advice from our health experts. But I want to be upfront and let parents know that a return to remote learning for these kids is a possibility, if that's what they tell us is safest.

For people who live in regional Victoria, where case numbers remain low, current restrictions will remain the same for now.

We've talked about this virus being like a public health bushfire. By putting a ring around metropolitan Melbourne, we're essentially putting in place a perimeter to protect regional Victorians.

This is not where any of us wanted to be, but we have to face the reality of our situation. To do anything else would have deadly consequences.

I don't take this step lightly. And I know just how deeply frustrating this is for everyone.

But I'm asking you, please talk to your families. Talk to your friends. Talk to your neighbours. Talk to your communities.

This isn't over. And until there is a vaccine or a drug or a cure, there is no such thing as "normal".

For every restriction that you break and all the health advice that you ignore — the consequence may be someone's life.

Now more than ever, we need Victorians to play their part. Lives are counting on it.