The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Apr 2022
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Saturday April 16 2022 NEWS 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA TV presenter Osher Gunsberg has delivered a stunning criticism of Australias failure so far to act on the principles of the Uluru Statement. Indigenous rights groups are pushing for a referendum to instil a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice to Parliament. They say that voice would give Indigenous Australians a fair go in deciding on the issues that im pact them and their communities. However, an emotional Mr Gunsberg took strong issue with the idea that giving First Nations people a voice was even a question we had to ask. Speaking on ABCs Q&A program on Thursday night, he called it, old school, colonialist oppression and bulls**t. To be asked to vote whether someones humanity is legitimate a person who has descended from the people who were here before the colonial oppressors took over, Mr Gunsberg said. Its their land, man. Were asking them to sit while we debate if their humanity and their reason to exist and their dignity is worth writing down. Despite the Labor Party committing to implementing the Uluru Statement in full, Labor Minister Chris Bowen refused to commit to a date on the show on Thursday night, however he said the initiative would be historic. Bulls**t: Oshers TV spray on Uluru Statement Duncan Murray dna for health ANCESTRY DNA surveyed 700,000 customers about their experience with Covid-19 to look for patterns in genetics and physical traits in those that experienced with avoiding infection and milder illness. The online platform used to find out about a persons family tree was uniquely positioned to conduct the research because of their huge global network and access to genetic information. Research uncovered three new traits in a persons genetic code that are linked to avoiding Covid-19 infection after household exposure.Osher Gunsberg lashed out on Q&A. Airport nightmare chaos continues AIRPORTS terminals are once again heaving as Aussies take to the skies for the Easter long weekend. Airport chaos has reigned for the past week, with long lines, delayed or cancelled flights, and missing luggage just some of the headaches customers have had to deal with. There were already delays at Sydney Airport on Friday before the first flight at 6am, while three Qantas flights were cancelled at Melbournes Tullamarine Airport due to staff shortages. These problems have led to airports and airlines advis ing travellers to turn up two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Some airlines are also refusing to check bags through to the final destination. On Thursday it was forecast that 82,000 passengers passed through Sydney Airports domestic terminals, the first time it had experienced over 80,000 customers in two years. On Friday 79,000 passengers were expected to travel through the airport, with a further 190,000 over the following three days. While the lines are still long and busy, reports in recent days have suggested they are moving more quickly for some, especially if they do not need to check-in luggage. But there have still been consistent issues of flights being delayed, cancelled and bags being left behind, causing increasing frustrations for customers. Beyond an influx of Australians looking to take advantage of the open borders and go on a holiday, the de lays have been put due to a shortage of airport staff. Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert said on Wednesday there is a level of absenteeism among workers due to Covid and isolation requirements, There is no avoiding the fact that significant queuing may occur over Easter. We continue to have up to 20 per cent Covid-related staff absences on any given day and were working to rebuild our workforce in a really tight job market, he said. But airports are also looking to rebuild their workforce post-Covid, which they struggled and failed to do in the lead up to Easter. Certis, Sydney Airports security contractor, is 30 per cent below its pre-Covid staffing levels. While they are getting people in the door, it is taking longer than we had hoped due to the incredibly tight labour market. The roles that are being recruited are skilled, specialist roles and we wont compromise on safety and security, Mr Culbert said. Sydney Airport attracted criticism from the United Workers Union on Thursday after it was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that security staff had been offered $1000 bonuses if they worked every rostered shift from April 14 to April 26. The airport chaos has continued around the nation as people attempt to travel this Easter. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images Hamish Spence We continue to have up to 20 per cent Covid-related staff absences on any given day and were working to rebuild our workforce in a really tight job market Geoff Culbert PEOPLE with mental health disorders may be at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 even if they have been vaccinated, according to researchers in the United States. A study found having a mental health disorder including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and eating disorders was linked to higher odds of contracting breakthrough Covid-19, where vaccination did not stop infection. The study involving more than 260,000 US veterans was conducted from February 2020 to November 2021. Participants were defined as fully vaccinated but 97.5 per cent of them had not received a third booster dose at that time. The authors said in fully adjusted models, individual psychiatric disorders were linked to a three to 16 per cent increased incidence of breakthrough infection among the sample. That was comparable to the seven to 23 per cent increased incidence observed for physical comorbidities such as cancer, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. There was variability in the magnitude of the increased incidence associated with specific psychiatric disorders, with larger effect sizes observed for adjustment disorder and substance use disorders among all adults, in addition to adjustment, bipolar and psychotic disorders among older adults, they said. Psychiatric disorders remained significantly associated with incident breakthrough infections above and beyond sociodemographic and medical factors, suggesting that mental health is important to consider in conjunction with other risk factors. The authors concluded targeted strategies for preventing breakthrough infections should be considered for people with psychiatric disorders. This cohort study suggests that psychiatric disorder diagnoses were associated with an increased incidence of SARSCoV-2 breakthrough infection among Veterans Affairs patients, with the strongest associations observed for older individuals, they wrote. Group most at risk of Covid Angie Raphael