The prime minister has made clear his view that any attempt to eliminate COVID-19 entirely in Australia would carry too high an economic cost.
Nearly two-thirds of people (61%) were satisfied with Scott Morrison’s performance as prime minister, up a massive 20 points from the last Newspoll.
No matter how talented a leader may be, timing plays a crucial role in how effective leaders may be - especially in a crisis. Coronavirus will make or break Scott Morrison's prime ministership.
We now need a revolution in our national thinking about debt and deficits.
As the COVID-19 transforms our individual lives, we are learning a few new things about ourselves as a society.
All Australians arriving from overseas will be quarantined in hotels or other facilities under strict supervision for a fortnight, under the latest crackdown in the battle against the coronavirus.
Behavioural scientists explain why people react badly to paternalistic messaging from politicians. If you treat people like children and tell them to stop doing something, it has the opposite effect.
The 20-week adjournment of parliament will harm our capacity to fight the virus and subverts Australia's identity as a parliamentary democracy.
All non-urgent elective surgery is being suspended, to free up resources as hospitals prepare to deal with the full impact of COVID-19.
The federal budget will be delayed until October 6, as the demands of dealing with the rapidly moving pandemic and the impossibility of forecasting have made the May timetable impossible.
Governments have been keen on investing in defence and national security, less so in human security. The current crises show it's time that changed.
The government has bungled its handling of coronavirus. Our leaders need to learn from our response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, which was completely de-politicised and way more effective.
The government has banned gatherings of more than 100 people indoors, throwing many plans and events up in the air.
The federal-state national cabinet is being dubbed a "war" cabinet, as the government rushes to meet the social, health, and economic demands of the rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic.
With the announcement of mandatory self-isolation, the escalation of the coronavirus has forced Morrison to take a less optimistic, more pragmatic stance.
The Morrison government has announced an end to mass gatherings in light of the escalation of the coronavirus.
Having been on the front foot early with the coronavirus, the government's approach is now starting to look like too little, too late, with no clear messaging.
Michelle Grattan talks about the week in politics, including the worsening coronavirus situation, and the specifics of the government's $17.6 billion stimulus package.
When a health crisis is the driver of an economic crisis, the uncertainties are multiplied, and people's reactions are more difficult to predict.
The government has announced it's $17.6 billion stimulus package, focused on investment in business, boosting cashflow, and putting cash in the hands of lower income earners.