Today should not be seen as ‘freedom day’. But it is the first step towards a time when the pandemic won’t dominate our daily lives.
A largely hidden fault beneath the Victorian Alps has triggered a magnitude 5.8 quake that was felt as far afield as Sydney, Adelaide and Launceston. Here’s what we know so far.
This gem of a documentary explores the life — and furniture — of a Melbourne icon.
Income and employment support are more important in addressing the mental health impact of the pandemic than mental health services.
Set at a long, beery election night party, David Williamson’s classic play is laced with unfinished sexual encounters, fist fights and drunken accusations. It feels remarkably fresh today.
Tolerating political protest is an essential part of democratic life. But when the protests pose a genuine risk of harm to the community, that’s when they are no longer ethically justified.
The good news is Victoria is more likely to reach zero case of community transmission sooner if vaccination rates pick up, even modestly.
We can do better than building a village of glorified dongas. Smart quarantine can be much higher-tech, and more adaptable for future uses once the pandemic is over.
Smart street furniture can do a lot of things at once. Some of these functions offer the public clear benefits, but the data collection and surveillance capabilities raise a number of concerns.
We have the chance to build a world class, dedicated quarantine facility. Here’s how we could do it.
The Morrison government announced the payment on Thursday. A significant group of Australians will not be eligible to apply.
Chance matters. It’s unlikely Victoria is doing anything that ‘makes us’ more likely to have outbreaks leading to lockdowns.
People are not more likely now to get infected by brushing past someone on the street. We’re just better at finding links between cases.
A new book of photographs is a reminder of a slower and simpler way of living — before chain stores, throwaway clothing and online retail.
The revamped Victorian hotel quarantine system appears to have addressed the weaknesses of the previous system, particularly around the risk of airborne transmission.
We need to rigorously analyse data from recent lockdowns, so we can respond better to future outbreaks.
During the current COVID outbreak in Melbourne, the state government has been listing exposure sites as tier 1, tier 2, or tier 3. So what’s the difference between each level, and why does it matter?
Another lockdown in Victoria comes at a considerable cost. However, it’s important to see the distinction between this short, sharp lockdown and the one that lasted several months last year.
If there are inevitably going to be leaks from quarantine, wouldn’t it be better to have it in an isolated location so it can’t spread further?
Nobody likes a whinger. But when you’re used to having an entourage, and being feted around the world, things can get tough when you don’t get your own way.