April 25 – May 1, 2020

People queue outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne in March.


The generation Covid-19 will scar

“Old battles are about to be fought once more: on tax, on workers’ rights, on the role of government in stimulating recovery … Economic slowdowns almost invariably increase inequality in societies.”

As details emerge of the government’s plan for economic recovery, it is clear young people will suffer the brunt of the pandemic’s fallout for years to come.



Last exams: Reality of year 12 in lockdown

“What we are really concerned about … is this idea that students might just give up now because they think the whole system has gone out the window.”

Covid-19 has opened up new disparities between students, as some states consider narrowing the scope of final-year exams in response.

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Australia pushes for global inquiry into outbreak

While Australia’s calls for an investigation into China’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak may not have helped relations with the powerhouse nation, they could prove a welcome move among Indo–Pacific neighbours.


Privacy concerns over tracing app

“If people don’t trust government – and they don’t have much basis to trust government – [the app] won’t be effective and we won’t be able to use it. People will die. Not getting privacy right will kill people.”

The government’s proposed Covid-19 contact tracing app is being sold on its ability to save lives. But experts fear privacy shortcomings and a lack of detail about its development will see it rejected by an already sceptical public.

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Aboriginal community health’s success with Covid-19

Despite being chronically underfunded, the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector has reacted swiftly and effectively to the Covid-19 outbreak, underscoring the importance of their services.

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Hong Kong emerges to new China threat

Crackdown comes in Hong Kong as Covid-19 lockdown set to ease. Oil price plummets as global economies tank. Vanuatu elects new prime minister. Netanyahu and Gantz agree to power-sharing deal in Israel.

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Leonard Blazeby
Coronavirus control in war-torn nations

“Conflict doesn’t stop for a pandemic. In this way, Australia is a lucky country. We enjoy a relative peace. Beyond our shores though, there are communities that face the destructive dual perils of war and Covid-19. From Syria to South Sudan, Myanmar and Yemen, families who survived gunfire and shelling must now prepare to endure this invisible threat. But they shouldn’t have to do this alone – by its very nature, a pandemic demands a collective global response.”


Paul Bongiorno
Malcolm Turnbull vents his spleen

“No matter how hard Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his senior ministers try to ignore Malcolm Turnbull’s explosive memoir, it simply will not go away. And for that, the deposed PM is far from apologetic. During a lunchbreak this week from the media blitz flogging A Bigger Picture, Turnbull told me he had written history and to do it truthfully you have to include faithfully recorded private conversations and communications.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Grouper Greg’s Aunty agony

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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A charter of hope

It is tempting to believe Australia will emerge from this crisis a kinder and fairer country, that something will come from the common experience of isolation, that our obvious frailty will make us gentler and more compassionate. It is tempting but by no means given. From these odd, unnumbered days will emerge a country changed but not necessarily better. It will be the work of the next few weeks that decides if Australia is remade or shoddily put back together. The difference is immense.


Hospital’s infection control among best

Rick Morton’s story on the Covid-19 outbreak in north-western Tasmania (“Burnie questions”, April 18-24) was incorrect to say the North West Regional Hospital “has consistently …

Time to fight for press freedom

“Pyrrhic victory”(Editorial, April 18-24) extols a serious warning. While most of the news is concerned about health and economic issues surrounding the coronavirus, it is vitally important …

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Hearts and Bones director Ben Lawrence

In Hearts and Bones, director Ben Lawrence explores masculinity and trauma through the story of a war photographer befriending a South Sudanese refugee. He speaks here about how his experience of parenthood has influenced his work, and the parallels between himself and his father, director Ray Lawrence. “Through the period of writing Hearts and Bones and being involved in Ghosthunter, the idea of being a father, what it means to raise a young boy in this era, all became fascinating to me.”

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National Theatre Live’s Twelfth Night

With theatres around the world closed, stage productions are now entering our homes, via the internet. The fourth streaming performance from Britain’s National Theatre, Twelfth Night, takes its audience on a rollicking journey of mistaken identity and besotted love.


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Maggie O’Farrell

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Kirsten Krauth
Almost a Mirror

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Max Barry


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Quail roasted in milk

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The mysteries of mitochondrial disease

Mitochondrial disease affects one Australian baby born each week. While calls to legalise targeted IVF to combat the illness grow louder, research is also increasing into the late onset of the condition in adults.




“I’ve seen lots of comments about my net worth – but that is calculated on the value of Virgin businesses around the world before this crisis.”

Richard BransonThe billionaire, who hasn’t paid British taxes in 14 years, defends asking British taxpayers to save Virgin Atlantic from falling into receivership. He has, thus far, pledged $US250 million of his own money, about 5 per cent of his net worth.


“There are things more important than living.”

Dan PatrickThe lieutenant governor of Texas asks Texans to ignore the advice of health experts and the government and return to work.


“We realised that we, by accident, had named our son Genital.”

Amy SchumerThe comedian explains why she recently changed her nearly one-year-old son’s name from Gene Attell Fischer to Gene David Fischer.


“These bats are not constituents that I’m happy to have.”

Tim SmithThe Victorian MP weighs in on the push to remove or cull a colony of flying foxes and bats living in his Kew electorate because some residents are worried about Covid-19.


“In the end, the electoral test speaks volumes. I was part of a team that won 25 seats off Labor, and he led the team that handed them 14 seats on plate – so you be the judge.”

Peta CredlinThe Sky News host responds to Malcolm Turnbull’s descriptions of her and Tony Abbott’s “truly bizarre relationship”.


“I didn’t break any law, I didn’t climb any fences.”

Dimitri MoskovichA man dubbed “Mr Bondi” speaks to the media after being filmed climbing a fence and swimming at Bondi Beach, which would constitute breaking the law, as police repeatedly informed him prior to his arrest.