Suppression or Elimination?

We were so close. So close to not only flattening the curve but obliterating the curve. Now, we are facing a second wave. For some states such as Western Australia and South Australia, their persistence with border closures means that they can now move freely within their state. However, for Victoria and now possibly New…

Domestic Violence: A Broken System

21 women have been killed in Australia by a domestic partner in the last 21 weeks. We have been talking about domestic violence for multiple years now, and the government continues to fund organisations, so why is nothing changing? 4 days ago, a woman in Western Sydney was fatally stabbed by her husband in a…

Anti-Vaxxers: A Fundamentally Flawed Movement

Stop. I was going to save my breathe on this atrocity, but I’ve had enough. This movement is fundamentally flawed. Anti-vaxxers argue that immunisations are dangerous, they are not. Do I need to say anything more? How many scientific studies, medical professionals, vaccination experts and government advertisement are required to understand that immunisations SAVE lives?…

1 Year of Blogging

Wow. 1 year ago, I started The Levine Lowdown. I had one simple goal, to share my thoughts online. I could not have imagined sitting here writing one year later, but I am incredibly thankful for this blog and what I have learnt from it. I have published 146 articles on this blog over the…

Why we need STRICTER restrictions

Many people around the world are calling for an easing of restrictions. Shouldn’t we at least start to open up some areas? The worst of the virus is in the past, right? If we have learnt anything from this pandemic it should be 2 things, COVID-19 is highly contagious and can be deadly. 3 months…

A Different Easter

This is an Easter period like no other. When families would typically be catching up or travelling, they have been forced inside of their own homes to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs, I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter! I hope that although we…

The Positives of Coronavirus

This is a horrific and challenging time. There is nothing inherently positive about Coronavirus; it has destroyed economies around the world, broken down businesses and resulted in a widespread loss of life. What the mass media doesn’t provide us with, is hope. The media focus upon the tragic news stories and consistent consumption of this…

The Ruby Princess Disaster

On the 19th of March, the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship was allowed to dock at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia and all 2700 passengers were given the green light to disembark although 13 passengers had exhibited virus symptoms before reaching Sydney. Out of those 13 passengers who initially showed COVID-19 symptoms, 4 ultimately tested positive…

George Pell Released

The High Court of Australia has quashed Cardinal George Pell’s convictions, unanimously allowing his appeal. This means that George Pell will be released from Barwon prison today, and no further legal action can be bought against him regarding these accusations. The High Court found that the jury ought to have entertained a doubt as to…

News other than Coronavirus Part 2

There is now even less going on in the world other than Coronavirus. Every news source is talking about the pandemic in one way or another, and it has also spread to internet influencers, celebrities and general conversation. Here is an ever-decreasing list of other things happening in our world: There is more conflict in…

Starting University

For 13 years, everything had been the same. Although subjects change, teachers change, and even friends change, school is very repetitive. You wake up in the morning, pack your bag, attend school and come home. There is a clear structure, routine and discipline. University is very different. It is entirely up to the individual. Learning…

Scott Morrison and Coronavirus

The reaction to Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic has been mixed, to say the least. Some people have applauded his consistent effort, resilience and commitment to the Australia public by providing updates, listening to medical professionals and taking initiative. However, others have criticised the Prime Minister for not acting fast…