Charles Gutjahr

Melbourne, Australia

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Charles Gutjahr

A short opinion

Welcome to April

Welcome to April, the month when most of the first Australian Government stimulus package is rolling out.

It is interesting how things have changed in three weeks since that was announced. Back then the Government was still in politicking mode: saying things like "we will not be pursuing a cash splash in the reckless Rudd-Gillard fashion", and setting up stimulus that was mainly delayed until April — which seemed suspiciously like an economic gerrymander. Packing all the economic damage from the bushfires into the first quarter and pushing most of the stimulus into the second quarter looked more like a plan to avoid the political embarrassment of a technical recession than exemplary economic management.

Fortunately now I reckon the Government has switched their focus away from the politics and more towards finding the best response to the crisis. We've had two more stimulus packages since, each bigger and more immediate. By the third stimulus on Monday the newly announced JobKeeper payment started that day — which is even before many of the measures from the first stimulus had started.

This is good! It's amazing how in just three weeks we can go from prioritising politics to prioritising getting the job done. It gives me hope that Australia will come out of this pandemic as well as possible.

Charles Gutjahr

Brunswick East
Some quality hard rubbish waiting for collection on Nicholson St today.

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St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
New “Fever Clinic” signs seem a bit virus-that-must-not-be-named.

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Woolworths
I’ve been told men have only one thing on their minds, but I thought it was something other than toilet paper.

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Matsumoto Japanese Restaurant
Dutton might have stopped the boats... but NO-ONE CAN STOP THE SUSHI BOATS

Charles Gutjahr

A short opinion

No support for casual workers with coronavirus

From The Guardian: Australian government won't 'jump to a solution' to help casual workers in coronavirus crisis

Sounds like our government doesn't want to support casual workers and business owners who can't afford to stay home when they get sick with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Reminds me of their bushfire response: instead of spending money up front to mitigate a crisis they'll let it get worse in the hope that might save some money.

Well I reckon we'd be better off spending money now to save some lives instead.

Charles Gutjahr

Brunswick East
This is one of those things where I show off for making green curry paste from scratch.

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Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum
We're in New Zealand on Waitangi Day, so what better way to spend the day by being welcomed to this lovely country by a pōwhiri and eating a hāngi lunch? Today I learned that New Zealand was once like Australia — they used to celebrate their national day on a day in late January when Britain declared a colony in NZ. Then they moved on and started celebrating the date of the Treaty of Waitangi instead of the date of colonisation, so now they can celebrate coming together instead of celebrating one side's rule. We should too in Australia.

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
The entire West Coast of NZ has a population less than the size of Brunswick, but we can still get craft beer and kimchi here so it doesn’t feel like we’ve gone far.