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The J.W. Westcott II is the country’s only floating ZIP code. cactuspinecone/flickr

A dismantled post office destroys more than mail service

Can you find a FedEx store that mimics the design creativity and quality of early US post offices? What are we left with when the best parts of public life are treated like for-profit entities?
This outbreak is going to show how decimated the UK’s welfare system is, and how it is the most vulnerable in society that will suffer the most. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Coronavirus: to avoid major humanitarian fallout, UK must act urgently

The UK is on the tipping point of a humanitarian emergency. To tackle this the government must now give more money to local authorities.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked his department to probe whether Bridget McKenzie was in breach of ministerial standards in her handling of the sports grants program. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Why we need strong ethical standards for ministers – and better ways of enforcing them

Our government has grappled for years to devise ethical standards for ministers and other officials. But codes are only part of the answer – MPs must also take responsibility for their own conduct.

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