Manly Sea Eagles NRL club tried to promote Gay Pride. They could learn a lot from the Richmond Union Bowling Club (RUBC) Gay Pride Cup

This is the Manly Sea Eagles jersey the club proposed to wear for match against the Roosters to celebrate Gay Pride. 

You could be forgiven for thinking it celebrated gambling on rugby league. 

The net result of this change of jersey was a huge controversy involving seven players who refuse to wear the jersey because it was against their religious beliefs ie homosexuality. 

No qualms about gambling, however.  

They also refused to play in the match against the Roosters. There were clearly some discussions behind the scenes with the owner of the club and they have given an assurance there will be no repeat of this behaviour next year.

It’s the four little rainbow stripes they objected to. Nonetheless, the Christian lobby and Lyle Sheldon in particular, came out with all homophobic guns blazing. all in the interests of freedom of religion of course.

As a consequence, they refused to play and the consequent media attention detracted almost completely from the fact that the Sea Eagles were trying to promote inclusiveness and a celebration of diversity.

The upshot is that the NRL is considering a Gay Pride round next year. If this little exercise is any indication, next year should be a lot of fun! 

For the last two years, the Richmond Union Bowling Club in Victoria has held the Gay Pride Cup. It’s a celebration of the LGBTQI community. It’s a joyous event not marred by controversy or homophobia.

Now, in fairness it is probably easier to enjoy a bowls match than it is to enjoy a first grade rugby league match.

It’s a competition between any clubs that choose to enter and RUBC has special top for the day. Many opposition players choose to wear it.

Here are some pictures from the RUBC Gay Pride Cup.

The Victorian government plans to recruit 1000 frontline healthcare workers from overseas. They will all be returning Australian workers.

9 News reports reports “In order to be eligible, healthcare workers need to have an existing employment contract with a Victorian healthcare service, an active professional registration in place, and be ready to travel. The group will largely be made up of returning Australians who want to come back to the healthcare workforce, bolstered by a large number of international recruits.

That means the Victorian government is not doing anything underhand like poaching critical workers from other hospital systems simply encouraging otherwise unemployed Australian frontline health workers to come back to Australia and work in Victoria (rather than anywhere else).

The government will also be paying to help them relocate back to Australia.

The difficulty with this kind of recruitment drive is that it allocates resources to one part of the system at the expense of another. In this case, it may be other parts of Australia where workers came from or it may be the parts of Europe where they may be working on the frontline during the Covid pandemic. Whichever way you look at it, resources will be taken away from some part of the system that needs them and reallocated to another another part of the system that also needs them.

It’s a zero-sum game. Eventually, someone is going to start poaching Victoria’s frontline health workers.

Both systems are trying to establish a balance but create an escalating problem.

Staff start shopping around for the best deal. The total pool staff does not increase but the costs of attracting them backwards and forwards does. Staff numbers simply oscillate, they don’t increase for very long.

Staff numbers rise and fall as people move around
The costs of participating in this zero-sum game escalates.

It is a short-term strategy that does not work.

The longer term strategy is to train and retain more staff but this takes years of resource and educational planning. Once a pandemic is upon us everything is crisis planning.

The Andrews government government takes the line of least resistance on mask mandates in schools. Now is not the time for weak government.

Against the Chief Health Officer’s advice, Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas has refused to mandate wearing masks in schools.

Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO

This is completely spineless position for the government to take. Schools are a setting where the virus will spread rapidly.

Is stoned in the interests of return control over her health options to the public. What nonsense.

Individuals are not going to wear masks. They will take the selfish option and expose the rest of the community to the risk of of infection.

Victoria is currently experiencing 12,000 new cases daily and that’s just for is being reported. The total number of cases is unknown but it could be twice that number.

There is no doubt that the viruses ranging from community and the government needs to take strong steps to control it otherwise our hospital system will be completely overwhelmed.

You refuse to take the steps in schools where the vaccination rates are lowest. Most students have probably had only two jabs and the efficacy of those is probably waning rapidly.

The government needs to take strong action.

There needs to be a rapid rollout of the third jab in schools for all parents who want their children vaccinated.

Mask were initially mandated in schools. Children whose parents do not wish them to wear a mask school will need to enroll in online programs.

Because the numbers are not widely disseminated, most Victorians do not realise how serious this wave of the virus is.

The cost of this complacency will be crippling into rooms of this impact of hospital system and the economy.