health

health January 22, 2022

The sweetheart deal that caused testing to collapse

A deal that allowed private pathology labs to claim government rebates up to 20 times for one procedure has contributed to the startling collapse of the testing system.

health January 22, 2022

Tracing the ‘nightmare’ reality of the shadow lockdown

As supply chains collapse, government policies have created a situation where as much as 40 per cent of the trucking and freight workforce has Covid-19.

health January 22, 2022

WA’s health system is falling apart even without Covid-19

Western Australia’s plan to reopen its border to the rest of Australia was pushed back late this week, amid warnings of a coming catastrophe in the country’s worst health system.

health January 15, 2022

Let it rip: the week it started to fall apart for Morrison

A cascading series of crises, across various sectors, has undone any pretence that the government is managing the pandemic.

health January 8, 2022

‘This is just about politics’: Scott Morrison redraws the pandemic

The prime minister believed the reopening of NSW would mark a swing in positive sentiment. He is now rushing to cover testing failures and redefine close contacts and hospital admissions.

health December 18, 2021

Part two: How Covid-19 began an ‘mRNA revolution’

Covid-19 focused the world’s scientists and politicians like never before. The breakthroughs made to manage it could now lead to vaccines against HIV and even cancer.

defence December 18, 2021

Andrew Leigh on humanity’s one-in-six chance of ending

According to a new book by Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh, humanity has a one-in-six chance of ending in the next hundred years. The biggest threats are not the ones he expected.

health December 18, 2021

How the fight for transition leave is being won

The people fighting for transgender rights scored a major victory this year when activists and unions put their case to universities and other major employers, resulting in enterprise agreements that will enshrine transition leave.

health December 11, 2021

Part one: The true story of the Covid-19 vaccines

In many ways the world was cruel to Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó, until she saved it.

health December 4, 2021

Omicron variant: What happens now

New details have emerged regarding the spread of Omicron to Europe, but it is still not clear how significant the Covid-19 strain will be.

rural December 4, 2021

Territory Covid-19 outbreaks highlight housing failures

Recent Covid-19 outbreaks have prompted Territorians to get vaccinated, but the cases tearing through Indigenous communities highlight broader inequalities – and the damage done by deliberate misinformation.