Victoria's closure of child-care services may be necessary, but it will put pressures on parents and likely drive down women's workforce participation.
Victoria has been declared a 'state of disaster'.
Not everyone has a job they can do from home. Mapping the patterns of occupations across Melbourne's suburbs against COVID-19 cases strongly suggests why some parts of the city are more vulnerable.
The hard lockdowns of whole blocks have been challenging for many residents due to their histories of trauma, their housing conditions and a lack of communication and understanding from authorities.
Economics tells us that governments privatising services where quality counts is a bad idea.
Victoria recorded 484 new cases on a day when COVID-19 should have been firmly on the decline if the latest lockdown was working. It's time to contemplate even stricter measures for longer-term gain.
The fines for failing to wear a mask during Melbourne's lockdown have been criticised as 'punitive'. But the fact that masks are cheap or free, with huge public health benefits, makes it justifiable.
No single measure in isolation prevents disease transmission. It is a matter of reducing the likelihood and enhancing the capacity of the system to deal with events that occur.
Much of our public housing stock is ageing and substandard. But we can learn from outstanding examples of retrofit projects that have transformed existing blocks into high-quality housing.
The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne's public housing towers.
The public housing hard lockdown is the product of a punitive public housing system whose residents have been neglected for decades.