As we go to print, about 70% of West Australians aged over 12 have been double-jabbed against COVID. That’s still well short of the ambitious 90% target set by the State Government.

Perhaps it’s COVID fatigue, but the mood in the room seems to have changed in recent months, after almost universal support for government decisions and mandates earlier in the piece.

It’s been a tough year for WA families separated
by borders, and this Christmas looks like being much the same. But many locals also feel grateful we have managed to dodge the coronavirus bullet while we get vaccinated – when many countries were not so lucky.

This edition is something of a retrospective, looking at what happened this year and what we learnt. Let’s also remember that hindsight is all well and good, but our leaders and health advisers have had to do their best in extraordinary times.

“…hindsight is all well and good, but our leaders and health advisers have had to do their best in extraordinary times.”


And what can we expect in 2022? One thing is for sure, the pandemic is coming our way, either in a dribble or a stampede (our hospital admins and GPs are clearly hoping for the former).

Fingers crossed all our preparations pay off and cool heads prevail.

And finally, while this edition is unashamedly COVID-heavy, we kick off with a story that helps put life in perspective.

We heard so much this year about people’s right to ‘choice’ but there was certainly no choice for a young Perth boy when he was diagnosed with a rare and lethal cancer six years ago.

Read on for some good news which has made 2021 a year of celebration for his family.

Merry Christmas!