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News November 28, 2020

The Woodville Pizza Bar incident

As South Australian Premier Steven Marshall promises to ‘throw the book’ at a student who allegedly misled contact tracers, epidemiologists fear a punitive response could undermine efforts to trace and contain future outbreaks.


News November 28, 2020

Andrews budget wedges Morrison on aged care

After Victoria was ravaged by a second wave of Covid-19, Premier Daniel Andrews has targeted his state’s budget to address the crisis’s key drivers: insecure work and aged care.

News November 28, 2020

How Australia’s leaders are preparing for climate change

While the Biden presidency pushes forward international climate action, both the Morrison government and its Labor opposition are fractured over emissions policy.

News November 28, 2020

Doubts raised over ADF reports

Amid the Brereton report’s findings that military reports have been ‘routinely embellished’, the IGADF is reassessing concerns raised by David Savage, a civilian who sustained serious injuries during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in 2012.

News November 28, 2020

Population decline and the economy

Australia’s fertility rate is the lowest it has been in history. While successive governments have paid scant attention to this, Covid-19 has made the issue more urgent than ever.

News November 21, 2020

Phishing expeditions in the Cocos Islands

An abundance of online gambling and phishing scams linked to an Australian territory raises questions about law enforcement online – but also about ‘digital colonisation’ and who is getting rich on the internet.

News November 21, 2020

Covid-19 and the bushfire season

While South Australia scrambles to contain its coronavirus outbreak, there are concerns whether the state – and the rest of the country – will be able to cope with the dual crises of the pandemic and bushfire season.

News November 21, 2020

The failures behind the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves

As a senate inquiry investigates Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves, Senator Pat Dodson says a royal commission into the entire Native Title Act may be necessary as the law ‘has been basically brought into disrepute by the capacity of those who are rich and powerful’.

News November 21, 2020

Big picture: Robo-debt, politics and poverty

A landmark Productivity Commission report into mental illness provides a road map to reduce harm, but it chafes against deep-seated government ideology.

News November 21, 2020

How ‘prestige, status and power’ led to Australia’s war crimes

Commanders were told about possible war crimes being committed by Australian soldiers but dismissed the warnings as ‘Taliban propaganda’.

News November 14, 2020

Progress on Covid-19 vaccines

This week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it had produced an effective vaccine for Covid-19. It is one of four vaccines to which Australia has now secured access.

News November 14, 2020

The politics of Joel Fitzgibbon

As Joel Fitzgibbon quits the Labor frontbench over climate policy, some in the party question whether a longstanding friendship with Anthony Albanese allows the maverick to get away with too much.