Scott Morrison operates on well-tried “whatever it takes” principle - “what it takes” in the COVID era is never-ending public money and policy flexibility, writes Michelle Grattan
The expert medical advice changes, not infrequently, during this pandemic. And that applies even when that “advice” comes in the form of a one-liner, writes Michelle Grattan
National cabinet on Friday is expected to consider whether COVID vaccinations should be made mandatory for workers in aged care.
It became clear this week that repatriation flights for Australians stranded in India would have to resume after May 15, whatever the COVID situation in that country.
Everyone from human rights experts to famous cricketers are expressing their disgust at the federal government’s India travel ban. Its legality depends on what laws you are looking at.
Arrivals from India are set to be cut further or flights suspended altogether by the federal cabinet’s national security committee when it meets on Tuesday.
This week’s unwelcome medical advice about the AstraZeneca vaccine is the latest setback to the rollout and the Morrison government.
Stephen Duckett on what’s wrong with the rollout.
Michelle Grattan discusses the vaccine rollout with Stephen Duckett.
The most important changes in Scott Morrison’s limited reshuffle are centred on two vital and controversial issues that will severely test the government in coming months.
The federal government has concluded a $1 billion agreement for a new high-tech manufacturing facility in Melbourne which would produce pandemic influenza vaccines as well as antivenoms.
The federal government has secured two possible vaccine sources with a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement with two pharmaceutical companies.
Coronavirus means Australians are not allowed to travel overseas. Since March, only about third of the special requests to leave the country have been granted.
History will be made when the federal parliament commences its first “hybrid” sitting in the fortnight starting next week, with some members connecting virtually.
It can be daunting trying to work out how to get help with your mental health.
Electrocardiograms are a common tool used by GPs to spot heart problems, and every medical student is trained to interpret one. Yet the government plans to remove Medicare funding for GPs to do this.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care declared older people and their families were left “isolated and powerless”. COVID-19 has provided a tragic real-time vindication of the commission’s observation.
New funding aims to fend off a wave of mental ill-health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t know how severe that wave will be, but we do know financial hardship is a huge risk factor.
The call to examine Australia’s dependance on China has also brought to light, in a dramatic fashion, the full extent of China’s diplomatic behaviour
Greg Hunt is set to become the lead ministerial face of the sales effort for the proposed controversial new COVID-19 tracing app, aided by the government’s health professionals.
Private hospitals will be on the frontline in the coronavirus battle, under an arrangement with the federal government that makes available the sector’s more than 30,000 beds and 105,000 workforce.