The Corona Crucible – Thurs 25th June

World 9.5 million      Russia 600K+                        India 470K+

My 2021 astrology calendar arrived from the printer and is looking fabulous! The calendar has a small, but dedicated following, but I did reduce the print run this year, partly due to the economic situation and partly because each year more people are downloading it instead of ordering a hard copy.

A number of banks and ATMs are closing as Australia moves closer to a cashless society as a result of the pandemic. Only about 10 per cent of transactions are now being done in cash. Many businesses refuse to do cash transactions to limit the spread of infection.

Economically, Australia’s credit rating has stayed at AAA. There are only a handful of other countries that have maintained their AAA rating amid the coronavirus pandemic including Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg.

There were another 33 cases diagnosed in Victoria overnight. Of these 33, 11 are under investigation. Hundreds more people have been added to the tracing staff who are conducting these investigations. Ten suburbs in Melbourne are being targeted in a testing blitz. The Premier has announced targeted door to door testing in the affected suburbs to try to contain these recent clusters. The Australian Defence Force is providing around 1,000 personnel to assist with quarantine arrangements in Victoria and logistics.   Despite this recent spike here in Victoria, Australia is still doing very well in comparison to many other countries, both in terms of COVID-19 and managing its economic impacts. The Federal Government has no excuse for underfunding the ABC. Budget cuts of 84 million mean than 250 jobs will now be lost. If the government is so concerned about jobs, as they say they are, then they should be increasing funding to the ABC, not cutting it again.