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    • Cardboard straws, what kind of psychopath would think up something like that
    • I think that we have to set expectations much lower now; we should have peaked at the last World Cup but the Staj sacking put paid to that. Many traditional football nations (eg Holland, Spain, Italy) are doing more for the women now and have overtaken us in development. The media have hyped up this squad and unfortunately they have little chance of living up to the hype.  
    • Certainly not advocating a USA/European response and our status as an enormous island certainly helped keep case numbers low with closed international borders. All state premiers had advice from health experts - some chose to go harder than others. I think this also has a lot to do with the different nature of the economies in those states - NSW and Vic had majority service/education economies that were likely to suffer the most from absolute border closures - WA, and to a lesser extent Qld have enormous mining sectors - WA in particular was able to substantially grow revenue when all others were in freefall because the Chinese have an insatiable desire for iron ore. Without debating the relative merits of allowing so much of our economic activity to be tied to the fortunes or otherwise of an autocratic state (education obviously over here), the nature of WA's economy made it much easier for their government to go hardline on borders, without suffering much pain. (Even once the Chinese Communist Party decided to start imposing sanctions on whatever they could of Australian exports to "punish" us, they didn't reduce iron ore because it's just too important to their favoured method of domestic growth - centrally-planned infrastructure projects on a massive scale which require high-quality ore, which WA provides).    
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