Californian Governor declares “independence” from Federal Government

By Helene Fung Tension runs high in the not-so-United States of America earlier this week, as Californian Governor Gavin Newsom seemed to have run out of patience and declared independence from the federal government’s anti-COVID-19 efforts. In a TV interview on MSNBC on Thursday (local time), Mr Newsom said that he’s signed deals for 200…

ANALYSIS: How Australians are responding to COVID-19

By Grant Dusting, Social Researcher, McCrindle The year 2020 signaled the beginning of not only an iconic new year, but an iconic new decade. The year that began with so much promise and expectation will now forever be marked by words like ‘uncertainty’, ‘volatility’, and ‘unprecedented’. It’s very likely this year’s word of the year…

Coronavirus relief package to support WA’s on-demand transport industry

WA’s on-demand transport industry will be aided through the coronavirus pandemic, the State Government has announced. The $9 million relief package revealed on Wednesday, will provide industry support through funds raised by the on-demand transport levy. The measures will include $4.7 million for regional taxis and $2,500 cash payments to more than 600 on-demand booking…

Fourth Coronavirus Case Hits WA

Western Australia confirmed its fourth Coronavirus case this morning, with the information revealed before the daily press conference which was held this afternoon. A woman in her 70s tested positive after returning to WA on Thursday from Cuba with a stop in London. There are concerns of infection, after she attended the WA Symphony Orchestra…

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese Community Discussed Coronavius Racism With Race Discrimination Commissioner

Western Australian Chinese Community Leaders held a meeting this evening with the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner to discussion Coronavirus related racism incidents. The elderly man who was racially abused two weeks in Booragoon also spoke about his experience during the meeting, calling for more action to be taken against racism. William Suseno is an Indonesian…

South Korea reports 142 new coronavirus cases

By Helene Fung South Korean officials from the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 142 more coronavirus cases on Saturday morning, raising the national total to 346 cases, and the total number of deaths to two. Ninety-two among the new cases were connected to a hospital in the southern city of Cheongdo, connected…

EXCLUSIVE: WA Greens & One Nation United Against Coronavirus Racism

The WA Greens claim they are “deeply disturbed” by the racist attacks against Chinese and Asian people in wake of the coronavirus, as abuse towards Chinese-Australian citizens remains in the state. The party’s south west member Diane Evers said it is a “fear tactic”, as a number of Chinese Western Australians faced abuse and were…

WHO warns the world is running out of protective equipment against coronavirus

By Helene Fung Wold Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the WHO’s executive Board in Geneva Friday (local time) that “the world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment” against the novel coronavirus. He has undertaken to speak to protective gear producers and others in the supply chain network to try and…