“They were warned 12 weeks ago by WHO and others what was coming. They did not accumulate test kits. They did not accumulate the necessary emergency equipment … They diligently did not do anything useful.”
As the number of cases escalates, experts say the PM moved too slowly to contain the threat of Covid-19, straining our already under-resourced health system.
“Since Morrison announced last week that he was rebadging COAG as a ‘national cabinet’ to respond to the virus, mixed messaging between the different levels of government has been reduced.”
State, territory and federal leaders are setting aside party politics to try to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
“For decades, Australians have been sold an imagined poverty. We have been told we need to ‘rein in’ government spending – that if we want to spend more on health or education, we will need to spend less on the age pension or childcare. But the reality is that if we had a bigger public sector today, we would be better prepared to weather the health and economic crises triggered by the coronavirus.”
“There in the prime ministerial courtyard of Parliament House, Scott Morrison finally admitted his world had crumbled. ‘Life is changing in Australia, as it is changing all around the world,’ he began his news conference midweek. ‘Life is going to continue to change as we deal with the global coronavirus.’”
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Examining the numbers
The story “Trust deficit threatens Covid-19 response” (Mike Seccombe, March 14-20) contained two related issues: a decline in trust of governments and an assertion that the economy has almost doubled …
Author and activist Naomi Klein has long been a critic of consumer culture and its focus on individualism, arguing instead that we need to band together to deal with the world’s crises. “The tricky thing is that we are able to find our best selves in these moments of crisis, of high crisis, but within our economic system, the pressures of the market bear down pretty fast.”
we scroll the news
trying to figure out what’s to come
looking at measures placed on other countries
individual freedoms we give up
where will we be a day from now
a week, a month
six months from now?
The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants selects her favourite wines of the season.
1982. (Bonus point: Margaret Thatcher.)
“Avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people.”
The United States president and his 15-person coronavirus taskforce gather to advise people not to gather in groups of more than 10.
“I’ve moved on to bigger and better things …”
The teenager comments on life one year on from breaking an egg on Fraser Anning, on the same day the far-right politician declares bankruptcy.
“We are praying daily for you, knowing that we are all protected by the Blood of Jesus.”
The house of worship, frequented by homophobic tennis champ Margaret Court, opts for spiritual immunisation to Covid-19.
“It is a unique space.”
The Victorian premier explains why Crown casino is exempt from the national ban on non-essential gatherings of 100 persons and greater in indoor areas.
“We now seem to be facing the health version of global warming.”
The radio shock jock likens Covid-19 to climate change, apparently finally admitting we need swift, radical and global intervention to lessen the impact of our changing climate.
“The fact that I would still be going on Saturday speaks not just to my passion for my beloved Sharks.”
The prime minister, a diehard Cronulla Sharks fan, delays the introduction of a ban on mass gatherings until after the game. He later backtracked, leaving the Sharks with no choice but to cancel his membership.