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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has provisionally brought forward the lifting of lockdown after announcing 127,000 Melburnians can return to work this week amid ‘safe and steady’ lifting of restrictions.
Easing off when the unemployment rate is 6% would leave us worse off than we’ve been in decades.
Hospitals in regional Victoria can now begin ramping up their elective surgeries again, with metropolitan Melbourne soon to follow. But six months of partial shutdown has left a significant backlog.
Unless we get unemployment down quickly young Australians will wear the scars of the recession for a decade.
Overall, Victoria’s roadmap is good. It identifies the right goal, provides explicit criteria for when restrictions might be lifted, and involves mostly appropriate restrictions.
Our states have much more capacity than they are using.
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Governments of the past 20 years really are less prepared to take difficult decisions than the governments before them.
The government should have a plan for how to help disadvantaged students catch up from learning lost during the pandemic, and how to better support students with mental health issues.
Modest changes to Australia’s paid parental provision can help address the gender gap in unpaid and paid work between mothers and fathers.
Early access would trim the retirement income of typical 35 year old by just 1%.
The federal government must provide more support if Victorian businesses and households are to survive the state’s Stage 4 lockdown.
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.
Despite a lighter lockdown, Sweden hasn’t avoided the damaging economic disruption experienced elsewhere.
The economy will be in the doldrums for quite some time, but the budget can cope.
Under the new rules, it is possible to get both, but you’ll have to apply and pass the tests.
This news will be hard for patients who were deferred during the first wave of COVID-19. But it’s a vital move to ensure Victoria’s health system is in the best position to handle the second wave.
Teachers have never been more appreciated than during COVID-19. But neither expressions of support, nor cheaper degrees will overcome the four big structural challenges facing the profession.
Without spending the money Australia will have a much higher rate of unemployment than it needs for a very long time, new Grattan Institute calculations find.
From the benefits of telehealth to the importance of integrating public and private systems, the COVID-19 pandemic offers several valuable lessons for Australia’s health system.
Even in places that are now COVID-free spending remains subdued, and different.