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Aussies Stuck Overseas Want You To Know How Tough They’ve Got It

Not as simple as "they should've come home earlier."

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on around with no end in sight (particularly in Victoria), the government has made it clear to all those Aussies who are living overseas to start coming home ASAP. But as easy as it is on paper – grab a flight, get back to Australia, quarantine in a hotel for 14 days – the reality is that getting back home is actually more difficult for many Aussies stuck overseas than you may think.

Speaking of Aussies and COVID-19, the GOAT team talk about life after lockdown on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

There are usually around 1 million Aussies living overseas at any given time and despite over 357,000 managing to come back home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many who are refusing to come home.

There’s an argument to be made that those people are being selfish, how there’s been more than enough warning ahead of time to get home, and how they made the choice to stay overseas which means bearing the responsibility of hotel quarantine costs and more expensive flights.

It can be hard to feel sympathy for those who chose to be in another country as working overseas is a privilege not everyone has. But we also have to look on the other side of the fence, which is that Aussies are stuck overseas and can’t make it home due to circumstances out of their control.

Beyond the fact that the number of overseas arrivals into Australia has been slashed to just 4,000 a week, there’s a number of reasons why Aussies aren’t coming home despite COVID-19, even if they really want to.

ABC published a great piece titled ‘Stranded on their own‘ about the Aussies who are stuck overseas and it dives into the first-hand accounts of those who haven’t been able to make it home.

The article goes into the usual selection of problems expected from Aussies who can’t make it back home, such as being stranded after testing positive to COVID-19, the lack of flights, and not being allowed to travel overseas at all. It also shines a light on issues that people may not expect, such as passport issues over a stateless baby, being forced to stay inside due to age, health issues, and mountains of debt.

It’s a must read, which you can do right here, and will definitely help add a different perspective as to why Aussies aren’t coming home despite the months of warning.

I understand

That’s not to say that there aren’t Australians who are stubbornly refusing to come home despite the COVID-19 pandemic – and boy are there a bunch – but it’s important to understand that coming back Down Under is a lot more complicated than one may think. “They should have come home earlier” is a refrain that’s tossed around a lot but the reality is much more complex than that.

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There's Actually A Major Win From Australia Wasting Millions Of Litres Of Beer Due To COVID-19

Cheers to that.

Seems like all those previous worries about Australia running out of beer due to the coronavirus pandemic proved to be unfounded because it looks like we have a little too much beer and COVID-19 is forcing us to pour it all down the drain.

Beer lovers in Australia, you may want to look away because it gets pretty depressing.

Speaking of yeast-related topics, the GOAT team talk about the rise of baking while in isolation on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to 7News, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a thousands of kegs of unwanted beer to pile up and since no one can visit the pub due to COVID-19 lockdown rules, Australian brewers are having to get rid of it all or it’ll just go to waste. I know what some people are thinking but drinking it all or registering a six-pack as a service animal aren’t viable options, sadly.

The wild drop in booze demand and forced closure of venues in Australia due to COVID-19 has forced brewers to pour about 4.5 million litres – or about 25 million schooners – of unwanted beer down the drain, literally.

25. Million. Schooners.

Lion Australia, one of the country’s largest brewers, is reportedly tipping some 90,000 kegs of unwanted beer at wastewater treatment plants while Carlton & United Breweries is donating thousands of two-litre glass bottles to pubs in an effort to get people to buy more takeaway beer.

It sucks that we can’t go to the pub for a refreshing beer and it doubly sucks for all the brewers and brewery workers across Australia who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. But hey, let’s try and look at the upside of all this because there is one major pro to this massive beer dump.

With Australia’s beer stocks cleared until the COVID-19 lockdown rules are lifted, it means that our very first schooner post-isolation will be super fresh. Hell, it might be the freshest beer we’ll ever taste in our lifetime.

In the words of Lion Australia’s Rob Higgins: “I think all Australians love going to the pub and sharing a beer with their mates, and this will just really promote clean, fresh beer.”

That being said, it’ll still take some time for brewers to make this fresh batch of post-coronavirus beer and get Australia’s booze supplies back up so we’ll probably be waiting even longer than usual. But let’s try to keep a schooner half-full mindset and think of how good that first post-COVID-19 beer is going to taste.

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Beer Could Be Running Out In Today's Edition Of Thanks Coronavirus

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With Australia under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, almost everything has been shut down for safety reasons. This means we’re left with not much to do other than watch Netflix and/or drink, the latter of which isn’t too hard considering how bottle shops are still open. However, the drinking part may soon take a worrying hit for a lot of people in coronavirus self-isolation as Australia’s beer supply could be in deep trouble.

Drinking beer isn’t the only thing you can do while in coronavirus quarantine, as the GOAT team discusses on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

While bottle shops in Australia are still open and people are free to go buy all the grog they want (within reason), beer brewers may be a non-essential service that will have to be shut down as part of the coronavirus lockdown (as per ABC News).

What this means is that Australia’s beer supply may inadvertently be a victim of the coronavirus, with some brewers saying that stocks could run out as soon as two weeks (ironically enough) should breweries end up closing down. Breweries are still running at the time of writing but are only supplying beer directly to bottle shops as pubs and restaurants have all been closed, which has taken a financial toll already.

This beer supply issue could also potentially be a big problem for craft-beer drinks. ABC News reports that craft-beer breweries don’t hold large of stocks of beer, preferring to make the stuff fresh. Should these smaller breweries close, it’s not as simple as flipping the ‘on’ switch in order to get production started again and beer connoisseurs will have to make do without it for a bit.

Now this isn’t an invitation to go hoard beer and alcohol like what some maniacs have been doing with toilet paper as beer is still being produced and available in bottle shops for the time being. But what it does mean is that beer could potentially be as rare as toilet paper for a little while should the coronavirus lockdown get any stricter.

Perhaps Australia’s dwindling beer supply is a sign that now’s the time to reassess our drinking habits, which have almost certainly gotten worse since no one has been able to go out.

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