property February 27, 2021

John Setka and the Covid-19 truce

Victoria’s construction industry managed to stay open and productive during the long, hard lockdown of 2020, thanks to compromises made by unlikely allies.

health February 20, 2021

Lifting standards in quarantine

As the Australian government readies to vaccinate against Covid-19, our state quarantine systems, contact tracing and testing also need to be addressed before we can reopen our borders to the world.

small business February 20, 2021

Third Covid hit for Melbourne food industry

Hospitality was always challenging; then came the pandemic. Instead of stocking up for a reset and possible recovery, Melbourne restaurants are reeling from a third snap closure.

health February 13, 2021

Covid-19 leaks from hotel quarantine

Despite numerous reviews by state and federal governments into hotel quarantine, the system continues to lead to Covid-19 transmission in Australia, with experts criticising the lack of a co-ordinated strategy around the country.

health February 13, 2021

Tanya Plibersek on post-Covid politics

After confronting Craig Kelly over his coronavirus scaremongering, Tanya Plibersek says it’s time to hold the government to account.

health February 13, 2021

Experts raise concerns about vaccine messaging

Vaccine hesitancy is climbing in Australia, as it decreases in the rest of the world. At the same time, the government has outsourced its health campaign to private consultancies instead of engaging experts.

health February 6, 2021

Why Scott Morrison finally cautioned Craig Kelly

For as long as it was useful, the prime minister allowed the member for Hughes to spread conspiracy theories online. This week, the political calculus changed.

health February 6, 2021

Asylum seekers to be vaccinated

Following inquiries from The Saturday Paper, the government has scrambled to reverse its exclusion of refugees from the Covid-19 vaccination program.

environment February 6, 2021

The threat of Covid-19 mutations

Although there are serious concerns about how easily the new variants of coronavirus can be transmitted, scientists remain confident that the vaccines in use will have a significant protective effect.

health February 5, 2021

Redrafting the NDIS

The NDIS minister is pushing for states and territories to agree on a ban on sex therapy under the insurance scheme. Disability advocates fear Stuart Robert’s plans to increase federal control are a cost-cutting exercise at heart.

health January 30, 2021

The challenges of the vaccine rollout

Australia’s ambitious coronavirus vaccination schedule has already been met with scepticism by some health professionals, while others say the real priority must be keeping the public informed and confident.