‘Groundhog Day’: Ambos demand Govt act on endless cycle of ramping

Paramedics say they’ve been “abandoned” by the Health Minister and are calling on him to “stand up to” the Treasurer to demand more money to fix ramping, after yet another day of ambulances and patients being forced into lengthy waits outside hospital emergency departments.

Ambulance Employees Association general secretary Phil Palmer told InDaily that the system was “overwhelmed”, workload was “way out of control”, patients’ lives were at risk and it was time for Health Minister Stephen Wade to intervene.

He said if the system could not handle an average day in Adelaide, it was sure to fail in a genuine emergency.

“We can’t cope with the ordinary – we’ve got no hope of coping with the extraordinary,” he said.

His comments came as the Opposition released a video taken by a paramedic, showing a line of ambulances ramped outside the Royal Adelaide Hospital yesterday.

Opposition health spokesman Chris Picton said there were 24 ambulances ramped for longer than the 30-minute benchmark outside the RAH over a three hour period yesterday, from 3.40pm to 6.40pm, with an average ramp time of one hour and 48 minutes.

“At the moment we don’t have flu cases, we don’t have COVID cases going to hospital, what we have is a significant pressure on our health system that shows every sign of getting worse, not better,” he said.

Palmer said it was “Groundhog Day” and despite years of paramedic pleas to fix ramping, it was as bad as ever.

“Maybe we should start reporting days when there’s not ramping – the unique occurrence now is days without ramping,” he said.

“The system is overwhelmed here with just business as usual.

“If we get hit with something down the track, it’s going to be a disaster.

“It’s a failure of the Government to put capacity into the system. They promised it before the election and it’s worse, not better. It’s as bad now as it ever has been and it continues to get worse.”

Palmer said “the Government just doesn’t care – couldn’t care less”.

“We say the Minister for Health has just abandoned the ambulance service altogether,” he said.

“It’s being run by (Treasurer) Rob Lucas now. The Treasury control the funding. We don’t think the Minister is advocating for the ambulance service at all.

“I think he should stand up to Rob Lucas. I think he won’t but I think he should.

“The Minister should stick up for the ambulance service and demand the funding be provided to give the service the crews it needs to do the job properly and safely because it’s not safe at the moment.”

Palmer said there was even ramping on Christmas day, traditionally a “pretty quiet” time.

“We had crews for instance on Christmas day, because of ramping and workload, who didn’t even get a break,” he said.

Palmer said “the problem is what it always has been… there’s just not enough capacity in the system”.

“Nurses say it’s still taking hours to move patients out of (the RAH) ED because there’s no beds available in the wards and the wards are taking hours and hours… to get a bed cleaned, he said.

“The patients in the ambulance are there for an extraordinary period of time being ramped and it’s not a hospital ward – the beds are hard and they’re not designed to take patients for protracted periods.

“But worse, there’s patients in the community who need an ambulance who can’t get one because there’s lots of ambulances ramped. It’s denying the community ambulances.”

He questioned what would happen if there was a major COVID outbreak.

“If it got out of control like it has in England for instance… if there was a lot of illness in the community and the hospitals are getting more and more filled up… the system wouldn’t cope, it would fail,” he said.

“There will be ambulances ramped for hours in every hospital. It would be worse than it is now and there would be people dying in the community more than there are now because they can’t get an ambulance.

“We say there’s already deaths in the community because of lack of ambulances, already as we speak.”

Picton said the emergency departments of five of Adelaide’s six major hospitals – the RAH, Queen Elizabeth, Flinders, Noarlunga and Lyell McEwin – were all operating at Code White yesterday, “the highest level of overcrowding”.

“There were also ambulances significantly delayed at Flinders and Lyell McEwin as well,” he said.

“It really starts off the new year in a horrible way for our health system.

“This is sadly yet another instance of what is becoming a continual pattern where ramping has gone from being an occasional exceptional dangerous circumstance to being a weekly, if not almost daily, dangerous circumstance that our paramedics, doctors and nurses are having to put up with.

“We were told by the Government that they were going to end ramping as of the 30th of June last year but here we see into 2021 and ramping kicks off in a huge way… which also impacts upon waiting times for ambulances in the community.”

He said in one case in the city yesterday, it took 46 minutes for an ambulance to even be dispatched to a patient classified as “priority two”, the second most serious category.

In a statement, Wade said “ramping is unacceptable and, unlike our predecessors, we are actively addressing it”.

“Every hospital network experiences peaks and troughs.  The Marshall Government is building our capacity to cope with surges when they come,” he said.

“We are rolling out innovative services such as Priority Care Centres and a new Urgent Mental Health Care Centre which are providing more appropriate pathway for patients and easing pressure on our EDs.

“We are investing millions to upgrade and expand our Emergency Departments.  Our landmark $86 million Southern Health Expansion Plan is transforming the FMC ED into the biggest the state has ever seen.”

Wade said the Government had increased resources to the ambulance service, with 187 full time equivalent staff added since 2018 and 46 new vehicles last year.

“We thank our paramedics and all frontline health staff for the incredible work they are doing during these unprecedented times,” he said.

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An End to Michigan’s Endless Emergency

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. on Sept. 16.


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Michigan’s one-woman rule is no more. When the coronavirus hit the state this spring, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer drew complaints for the seemingly arbitrary nature of her lockdown orders. Stores were told to cordon off nonessential sections. You could buy lottery tickets, but not paint or gardening supplies.

Those rules have eased, but Ms. Whitmer extended Michigan’s state of emergency again last week, this time through Oct. 27. In a Friday opinion that limits the Governor’s emergency powers, the Michigan Supreme Court quoted Montesquieu: “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty.”

Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, has acted under two state laws. The Emergency Management Act lets the Governor declare a disaster, but only for 28 days unless a longer period is approved by the Legislature. In this case, Republican lawmakers declined to authorize any declaration past April 30. Ms. Whitmer’s response, the high court said in its opinion, was to end the first emergency and immediately declare a new one “for the identical reasons.”

The law says the Governor “shall” issue a declaration “if he or she finds that an emergency has occurred,” so Ms. Whitmer argued, as the court explained it, that she “had no choice here but to redeclare a state of emergency.” But as Justice Stephen Markman wrote for a unanimous court on this point, “To allow such a redeclaration would effectively render the 28-day limitation a nullity.”

A second state law, the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, says Ms. Whitmer can take “reasonable” action as needed “to protect life and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.” As an illustration of its scope, the court said that Ms. Whitmer’s orders have required residents to stay home; mandated masks; forced the closure of churches, cafes, salons, gyms, schools, libraries and so forth; prohibited nonessential travel; and barred private gatherings between people from different households.

Unlike the other law, this one includes no specific time limitation, so in theory the Governor’s emergency powers could continue indefinitely. “Almost certainly,” Justice Markman wrote for the majority, “no individual in the history of this state has ever been vested with as much concentrated and standardless power to regulate the lives of our people, free of the inconvenience of having to act in accord with other accountable branches of government.” In a 4-3 vote, the court struck down the statute as “an unlawful delegation of legislative power” under Michigan’s constitution.

Credit to the plaintiffs—a group of health providers and a patient needing knee surgery—for challenging the Governor’s initial ban on nonessential procedures, as well as to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which provided legal firepower.

What now? “Representative democracy should not go away in a crisis—that’s exactly when it’s needed most,” the Detroit News said last week. If Ms. Whitmer isn’t on the phone with lawmakers “to begin working on a plan for cooperatively managing Michigan through the pandemic, she’s derelict in her duty.”

There’s little sign she cares to deal with the Legislature. “It is important to note that this ruling does not take effect for at least 21 days,” the Governor said Friday. “Many of the responsive measures I have put in place to control the spread of the virus will continue under alternative sources of authority that were not at issue in today’s ruling.” What was it again that Lord Acton said about absolute power?

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Inside Sorrento stunner with endless list of luxury features

There’s a commercial pizza oven, firepit, gym and pontoon, but the wine cellar is what really stands out in this Gold Coast house.

Home to the Atkins family for 18 years, the luxury compound at Sorrento is deceptively discreet from the street.

39 Campbell St, Sorrento.

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“It was very deceptive from the front but the water reach instantly appealed,” vendor Michael Atkins said.

“You’ve got privacy because you’re not looking across into neighbours.

“Instead you have unimpeded views of trees, the water and a north orientation.”

Anchored in a tranquil bay, just 50m from the main river, the new owners can enjoy the best of both worlds. “We can soak up rivers views without wake damage or boat noise.”

The entertainer features an alfresco terrace with a commercial pizza oven, pool, waterside firepit plus a pontoon, sandy beach, boat ramp and boat shed.

And don’t forget the 1500 bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar with double glazing, insulation, a pressed metal ceiling and LED lighting.

“It’s been fantastic for entertaining,” Mr Atkins said. “We’ve hosted big parties here of over 100 people. This house copes beautifully for that. Especially the wine cellar. That will be hard to leave.”

The property, which has been renovated twice during their tenure, is also a story of contrasts where every room seems to have a tale to tell.

“We wanted each room to have personality,” he said. “We ask ourselves, ‘where would we like to go today’.”

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On offer is an elegant lounge with gas fireplace, inset into an Aspen natural stone wall, a living room which is reminiscent in an English reception room, a pool room with an oversized servery window plus a decadent timber panelled dining room adorned wall chandeliers. There’s also a cocktail bar and cabinet plus Beverly Hills Hotel handpainted wallpaper – another stand out of the residence.

The house is on the market through Kollosche agents Eoghan Murphy and Michael Kollosche who say they have had plenty of interest.

“Of all my listings at the moment this one has generated the most inquiry,” Mr Murphy said. “We’ve just been inundated. The majority of interest is coming from Melbourne.”

He described the house as “a home with plenty of character”.

The property is on the market at $2.75 million through Eoghan Murphy and Michael Kollosche of Kollosche.

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The US Cannot Afford to Risk Another Endless War by Exerting Max Pressure on Iran

Daniel L. Davis is a Senior Fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who retired in 2015 after 21 years, including four combat deployments. Follow him @DanielLDavis1.

In a series of entirely predictable moves, after the UN Security Council (UNSC) rejected Washington’s proposed resolution to extend a conventional arms ban on Iran, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would soon unilaterally extend the sanctions anyway. These unnecessary actions decrease America’s diplomatic leverage, increase the risk of war in the Middle East, and continue to degrade our influence even among our staunchest allies.

The so-called strategy of maximum pressure against Tehran has been–and continues to be–an abject diplomatic failure for our country. It should be abandoned without delay and replaced with a new policy based on a sober analysis of the realities in the region.

The subject of the UNSC’s rejection relates to a provision in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, which imposed a five-year ban on conventional weapons sales to Iran. That prohibition automatically expires on October 18th, 2020.

Unsurprisingly, Russia and China voted against the United States’ request to extend the ban. What was very much noteworthy, however, was the silence of our allies Germany, France, and the U.K.; only the Dominican Republic voted with us.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the Security Council, saying its “failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable.” One of the key problems for American diplomacy, however, is that few outside of Washington really believe Iran poses a serious threat to global peace and security. For our European allies, preserving the Iran nuclear deal is a far higher priority than increasing the risk of a military confrontation.

The reality is that Iran, at best, is a middling power with an aging military checked by other regional powers and does not have the capacity to pose a significant military threat to America. The entire defense budget of Iran (about $12.7 billion) is about the same as one American aircraft carrier. Further, Iran is more than balanced out by its neighbors: Israel, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all spend more on defense than Iran.

“Maximum pressure,” as currently practiced by the United States against Iran, is a self-defeating mentality that has decisively proven to be an abject failure. Its architects claimed it would bring Tehran to heel, that the pressure would force the ruling mullahs into permanently giving up their nuclear program, and that Washington would end up with a better agreement than the Iran deal that the U.S. pulled out of two years ago. The reality has been almost the polar opposite.

For all the flaws the 2015 agreement contained — and there were many — it nevertheless imposed significant constraints on Iran’s nuclear programs, made them subject to intrusive international inspections, and by most independent measures effectively froze their program.

In 2018, however, the Trump Administration unilaterally withdrew from the deal and imposed a number of suffocating economic sanctions. Since that time, Tehran has become more belligerent, has dramatically increased the amount of nuclear materials it stockpiles, and has openly increased the development of its nuclear program.

On at least two occasions in the past 12 months, the U.S. and Iran have been a hair’s breadth away from stumbling into a war. The longer we blithely continue ignoring our allies and pressing on with maximum pressure, the risk of unnecessary war will continue to rise.

The strategy with the greatest chance of successfully preserving American security — and the least chance of stumbling into an unnecessary war — would be to withdraw our combat troops from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan while strengthening our global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacity (coupled with an ability to strike all direct threats to America before they metastasize).

The reality is that none of the American combat troops on the ground in those three countries helps bolster American security. Yet their proximity to Iran (and other nefarious state and nonstate actors in the region) places them in nonstop danger of being attacked. In retaliation to the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last January, Iran launched a barrage of missiles at a base in Iraq where American troops were stationed. Miraculously, no Americans were killed in the strike. Other U.S. troops, however, in all three locations continue to die, owing to hostile action. It is time to get our service members out and end the daily risk to their lives.

Continuing to employ maximum pressure is a losing proposition for the United States. It exerts pointless pressure on the Iranian regime, alienates our closest allies, and keeps our combat troops in perpetual danger. Risking another endless war is not in our interests.

— The opinions expressed in this op-ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Military.com. If you would like to submit your own commentary, please send your article to opinions@military.com for consideration.

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Clive Palmer’s seemingly endless list of lawsuits against WA has set up a long and bitter battle

At the start of the week, Mark McGowan joked about the legal fights WA could expect to face in its “war” with Clive Palmer.

“As he lists on his website, or somewhere, his hobby is litigation,” he said of Mr Palmer on Tuesday.

“He seems to enjoy that.”

By the end of the week, Mr Palmer’s “hobby” would have been plain for all West Australians to see.

“He has decided to try to take us for all we’re worth … he is trying to take $30 billion from the taxpayers, he is trying to take down our hard borders, he is trying to bankrupt me.”

The list of legal battles between the State Government and Mr Palmer now feels almost endless.

And Mr Palmer has made it brutally obvious that this fight is a mile from over.

Breaking down the legal battles

The main game will be fought in the High Court.

The nation’s top court will ultimately have to decide two things — the crux of the two fights between WA and Mr Palmer.

Those are whether WA’s indefinite closure of the interstate border is constitutionally valid, and whether Parliament’s legislation attempting to terminate Mr Palmer’s $30 billion iron ore arbitration game is legal.

Mr Palmer’s legal bid to bring down WA’s hard border is due back in court next week.(ABC Goldfields: Jarrod Lucas)

Those are entirely separate cases but the key players are the same — Mr Palmer on one side, Mr McGowan on the other.

But that barely scratches the surface of all the legal fights at the moment.

On top of that, there is a fight before the Queensland Supreme Court over the arbitration awards at the centre of the arbitration dispute, and Mr Palmer has made a similar application in the New South Wales Supreme Court — one that is due back before a judge next Friday.

Before the Federal Court, there is action over the unprecedented legislation passed last week and a separate claim alleging Mr McGowan defamed Mr Palmer.

Then there is the actual matter that was before arbitration, prior to that action being terminated by legislation — the $30 billion claim over the Balmoral South iron ore project in the Pilbara. It has been halted for now, but may be revived if that law is overthrown.

An aerial photo of an iron ore train surrounded by the red dirt of the Pilbara in Western Australia
WA is embroiled in a multi-billion dollar dispute with Mr Palmer over his Pilbara iron ore interests.(ABC Open contributor Leigh Millington)

The border case is also due back in the Federal Court next week, for some key rulings which could have a significant say over the High Court’s eventual ruling.

And, while WA isn’t directly involved, there has also been a long-running fight over the Sino iron ore project in the Pilbara — where Mr Palmer’s actions so frustrated the State Government, they looked into legislating away his rights there as well.

Lawsuits no sign of desperation

There are so many legal skirmishes involving Mr Palmer and the State Government, it is almost impossible to keep track of them all.

But, while Mr Palmer’s flurry of lawsuits may have raised eyebrows, it would be greatly naive to interpret them as a sign of defeat or desperation.

The Mineralogy boss has a history of success in the courts. His bank balance offers clear proof of that.

A Clive Palmer billboard advertising his United Australia Party
Mr Palmer is no stranger to a legal victory.(ABC News: Christopher Gillette)

And plenty of scholars have raised significant doubts about the legality of WA’s handling of the iron ore dispute.

“Despite Mr Palmer’s penchant for litigation, there are some really serious constitutional values at stake here,” Charles Sturt University constitutional law expert Bede Harris said.

“It is a very, very dangerous precedent that has been set here.”

A long fight and an ominous enemy

Mr McGowan has repeatedly claimed to have “stopped” Mr Palmer, through the late-night legislation that halted his arbitration claim while explicitly doing away with natural justice and freedom of information.

But he knows a long, bitter legal fight lies ahead.

“It is going to cost the state a great deal of money in lawyers,” the Premier said.

Mark McGowan closes his eyes in frustration at a media conference outside his office in Rockingham.
Premier Mark McGowan says WA is under “nuclear attack” from Mr Palmer.(ABC News: James Carmody)

“And it is going to mean our best legal minds, who are best used to deal with COVID, are now going to be tied up dealing with Mr Palmer.”

As the state waved farewell to one seemingly never-ending legal fight in the Bell Group case this week, it became increasingly obvious WA is staring down the barrel of another lengthy and costly conflict before the courts.

Mr Palmer has now signalled, repeatedly, that he is not about to give up this fight.

And anyone in WA who has opened a newspaper or flicked on commercial radio in the past week will have got that message loud and clear, through a barrage of advertisements.

With deep pockets, an eye for litigation and deep feelings of being wronged, Mr Palmer is an ominous enemy for the WA Government to be facing.

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UFC: Endless options for Paige VanZant’s next career step

There was a definite sense of finality about Paige VanZant‘s appearance at UFC 251.

As she walked to the octagon before her bout with Amanda Ribas, with tears in her eyes, it seemed like she knew this was her farewell to the sport that‘s put her on the map.

And that was before the 26-year-old was comprehensively beaten by her opponent in the first round through a submission.

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There‘s no doubt injuries have caught up with the MMA star – the most crucial being an arm fracture that’s left a scar going from the wrist to the elbow of her right arm.

But with her contract now expired, and UFC president Dana White refusing to confirm whether the championship would offer her a new deal, VanZant finds herself at a crossroads.

“I’m excited. I’ve never been in this position ever, so I think it’s an important position for me to be in,” VanZant said, undeterred by a future that‘s unwritten.

“You don’t really know your value until somebody else tells you what it is, and it’s the option of multiple people that say what they think my value is. So I’m going to gain a lot of knowledge.”

So what‘s next for Paige?


Where VanZant won‘t be short of offers will be from TV producers who understand her star quality and pull.

With her girl-next-door looks, she‘s developed a cult following outside the UFC and boasts an ever-growing social media following (2.6m on Instagram).

She has already become a household name in the States thanks to an appearance on Dancing with the Stars (US‘s version of Strictly) in 2016.


Although she was a favourite among UFC fans, her financial earnings with the organisation were measly.

Across nine fights, including pay-per-view money, VanZant earned around $520,000 – a sum dwarfed by her male counterparts who have earned figures in the millions.

And she has always been vocal about what she feels she‘s worth. Which is why for the past few years talks with the WWE have been taken very seriously.

VanZant hasn‘t been shy in flirting with the idea of wrestling, and has always viewed it as a serious alternative to MMA fighting.

“I also think the WWE is an amazing organisation and it’s a very athletic entertainment industry which would suit me,” she previously said.

“There’s probably huge potential for a crossover down the line and of course I’m a big fan of what they do, so it would be great to be a part of.”

VanZant even met WWE‘s Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon during the global tech conference Web Summit in Portugal in 2018.

She revealed: “I got the opportunity to talk to Stephanie for a little bit on Tuesday which was great.”

While Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer revealed she nearly appeared at SummerSlam.

Responding to a follower on Twitter, Meltzer wrote: “They talked to her a few years ago for SummerSlam and she was game for it, but UFC wanted her to fight that month instead.

“But she‘s said she’s up for it.”


“There’s this conversation that I would have a short career, that Hollywood would be calling my name,” Paige once told the South China Morning Post.

“Of course they are, but as a fighter, my passion is to compete, and that’s what I’m going to do until that passion is no longer there.”

Having lost three of her last five fights in the UFC since becoming a “celebrity”, that hunger and desire for the fight is now in question.

But VanZant would surely be box office gold for an action movie franchise, just like Ronda Rousey is?

Sylvester Stallone made a star of the former UFC champ with The Expendables 3, and she soon appeared in Fast & Furious 7, proving the crossover can happen.

And VanZant will certainly have designs on becoming a movie star, if the offer‘s there from a Hollywood producer.


Through lockdown, Paige and her husband Austin Vanderford have kept us entertained with a series of cheeky Instagram posts – flashing their naked bodies while performing mundane tasks at home.

The pair, who married in 2018, want to start a family, which could be her next move.

However, Paige is adamant that will only happen if they are financially secure.

“It is fun for me. I do love what I do but it has to be worth it for your future, for your career, for your family,“ she revealed.

“For being a woman, I want to be a mum, too. There’s a time frame on that.

“My career, yes I can come back after having kids but there’s other factors like I need make enough money to be able to take time off and have kids.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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Sen. Young touts ‘Endless Frontier Act’ as key in competition with China

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) walks past reporters following a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is urging the Senate to bolster America’s ability to outcompete China in the 21st Century and retain its position as the world’s leading nation.

While speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, the Republican lawmaker from Indiana called on his colleagues to pass the ‘Endless Frontier Act,’ which is a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by both Young and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In doing so, he hearkened back to America’s long-standing tradition of fostering scientific and technological innovation, which is a tradition he claims is a key component in the nation’s drive to promote its values of freedom and prosperity around the globe.

“Americans see the heavens and don’t simply wonder what they hold…we see loved ones grow sick and we don’t just resign ourselves to the prognosis, we create cures,” said Young. “We are driven by a deep need to lift one another, to discover breakthroughs that will lead to the betterment of all mankind.”

Yet the 21st Century, the senator argued, confronted Americans with new unprecedented challenges that have threatened its position in the world system and its ability to lead. Chief among them, he stated, is the rising threat posed by China’s rise to prominence on the world stage.

“A new power competition is underway and America’s predominant challenger is an unscrupulous authoritarian regime whose values are the inverse of our own,” he stated.

The ‘Endless Frontier Act’ is primarily a response to this challenge, Young asserted, and would provide the tools to buttress American efforts at outcompeting China in the fields of science and technology. The bill would provide a $100 billion strategic investment to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase investment in pre-market technological research.

It would also apportion an additional $10 billion for the establishment of tech hubs across the country, which Young said will lead to a resurgence in American manufacturing and increased job creation. He claimed these measures are key in allowing America to remain at the world’s head and preserve democratic values likely to flounder in a world led by China.

“China longs to become the world’s leader, but lacks the attachment to human rights and dignity required of those who seek to fill that role,” he stated. “What becomes of liberty in a world led by such a power?”

The bill would also restructure the way research is funded by the NSF rather than giving free rein to scientists to pick their own research goals. It would direct funding to specific key technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence, with specific goals for global market impact.

This more zeroed-in approach has been praised by several industry leaders and research institutions. In doing so, Young asserted it would be vastly beneficial not just to America, but to the rest of the world.

“Let us pass this act,” he urged. “If we do, another “Endless Frontier” will be before us, and with it a stronger, freer, more prosperous nation and a world in which free men and women author this new century.”

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No endless rivers of rugby gold in Japan for fresh wave of Australian exports

The Top League has been one of the few top competitions in world sport that has been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic, as their season does not start until January.

That has led to speculation dozens of players could flee for Japan but former Reds coach Nick Stiles and former Waratahs assistant Simon Cron – who are now in charge of the Kintetsu Liners and Toyota Verblitz, respectively – told the Herald there are not endless contracts on offer for any Australian player who wants out.

“If you’re a quality footballer there is an appetite for you but it is so competitive to get gigs over there,” Stiles said.

“It’s not like you just say you’re walking out on Australian rugby and you will be signed the next day in Japan. It doesn’t work like that.

“There will always be a market for good international players – Samu Kerevi, Liam Gill, Sean McMahon – that level of player. But the Japanese don’t want to pay top dollar for guys who are about to retire.

“They would rather pay top dollar and get Samu Kerevi. Teams are much smarter now with the top tier players they are signing.”

Izack Rodda charges during the Reds clash against Highlanders.

Izack Rodda charges during the Reds clash against Highlanders.Credit:Dave Hunt

Sources with knowledge of the Japanese landscape have also indicated the Wallabies’ lack of recent success will, ironically, help RA keep talent.

Japanese clubs keep a close eye on the world rankings, which is why they first chased star Australian talent like George Gregan and Toutai Kefu after the golden era in the early 2000s.

When the All Blacks ascended back to the top of world rugby they became the prized recruits. South Africa’s two World Cup wins in the last 12 years have seen their players’ market value soar, too. Even English players – who have never been a primary target for Japanese clubs – are now being chased due to their success under Eddie Jones.

That has seen the market value of most Wallabies – outside of a select few – drop.

The Top League is also considering reducing the number of internationals allowed in a match-day 23 to as low as four in two years time.

That will mean only the very best Wallabies talent – or young, uncapped players who could choose to play for Japan after five years – will be targeted to make the move.

“With that cap in place you’re not going to take too many foreigners into your squad,” Cron said.

“You need to make sure that it’s balanced.”

The other consistent threat to Australian talent has come from Europe, particularly France.

But new restrictions in France are also expected to be placed on the number of players in any Top 14 match-day 23 – from as high as half the team down to as low as a quarter.


Cracking a start in the UK is hardest of all, with working visas only given to players who have a passport or a grandparent, or who played for the Wallabies in the last 15 months or been selected in 75 per cent of games in the last two seasons of Super Rugby.

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