Right now most of Australia is living without restrictions, lockdowns or border closures.
But with tens of thousands of people, including essential workers, being forced into isolation everyday our economy is still under intense pressure from the pandemic.
As Australia enters year three of the Covid-19 pandemic, case numbers are higher than ever, hospitals are being pushed to their limit and rapid tests are extremely difficult to find. Today, Rick Morton on how Covid-19 caught up with Australia this summer, and what the federal government could have done to better prepare for this moment.
Today, we look back at the news events that defined 2021 - in sound.
Assistant professor Dr Laura Beth Bugg on the campaign to free refugees from Manus Island and find them a permanent home.
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Mike Seccombe on the real reason Scott Morrison wanted to enlist Gladys Berejiklian, and what it reveals about the Prime Minister’s weakening authority in his home state.
Rebecca Huntley on what ordinary Australians really think about climate change, and how the fossil fuel lobby has influenced their hearts and minds.
Paul Bongiorno on what we’ll see as both leaders fight for their political future.
Kara Jensen-Mackinnon on what happened to Australia’s Christmas beetles.