health

media April 23, 2022

‘Just so nasty and dirty and people hate it’

Scott Morrison has much more to fear from the prospect of a hung parliament than Anthony Albanese. That’s because he is so much further away from the agendas being run by the slew of independents who have a real chance of being elected. At the end...

covid-19 April 2, 2022

Why Australia’s daily Covid cases are on the rise again

For most of this year, I have decided to not comment further on Covid-19 . Given the lack of appetite for truth about the pandemic, I have declined all media requests. There seems to be a dogged determination to pretend everything is okay. Anyone...

health March 12, 2022

Playing games with women’s safety

In early September last year, in an audacious, tone-deaf act that would come to symbolise the political opportunism and bad faith with which the Morrison government has approached the development of the new National Plan to End Violence Against...

health January 29, 2022

Send in the clowns

The Australia Day holiday is now behind us. By convention, this signals that the nation is back at work. It also sets the clock ticking down for a federal election within four months. The sense of foreboding within the Morrison government is...

health January 15, 2022

The prime minister says: Let them eat Covid

The Morrison government’s “let them eat cake” approach to running Australia took a hit this week when Liberal treasurer Josh Frydenberg tested positive to Covid-19. Frydenberg’s Twitter presence dimmed. Missives paused from the man many see as the...

small business January 15, 2022

How Scott Morrison is failing small business

There will not be a sustained economic recovery without a recovery of small businesses, and at this point they are on their knees. They are an essential element of the fabric of Australia and employ millions of Australians. They are the most...

covid-19 January 15, 2022

Why Covid-19 will never become endemic

For most of the pandemic Australia has worked to contain the virus through evidence-based public health measures such as border closures, case finding, contact tracing, quarantine, social distancing, vaccines and, at times, lockdown. Sadly, the...

immigration January 8, 2022

‘I grew up in this cage’: Life inside the Park Hotel

The darkest months in detention are always December and January. In these months, from the windows of our rooms at the Park Hotel, we see people celebrating with their loved ones another year that we’re away from ours. This past Christmas and new...

health January 8, 2022

Morrison and Perrottet’s laissez-faire pact

If you think a day is a long time in politics, try a week. This one started with Scott Morrison showing off his massive barramundi. It finished with Australia’s uncontrolled Omicron outbreak likely finishing off his government’s chance of re-...

health January 8, 2022

How Scott Morrison failed on RATs

I was staggered to be informed some years ago of a significant Liberal Party dinner held in the run-up to a state election, which offered an opportunity for business and community leaders to meet with and cross-examine the premier-aspirant on major...

health November 27, 2021

How to turn the Great Resignation into the Great Revolution

Already, it has been called the “Great Resignation”. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are quitting their jobs en masse. Bartenders, sales assistants, healthcare workers, teachers and tech developers are calling it quits – a record 4.3...