We’ve an opportunity to get JobKeeper right. A start would be to pay on time, to include more workers, and to pay part-timers less.
It’ll have to fund tens of thousands of homes that were going to be built anyway before it creates a single extra house.
Australia has suffered far less death and disease from COVID-19 than other similar countries. But given the hesitant start and the Ruby Princess debacle, we could have done even better.
Grants to home buyers could cost the federal government billions without creating any extra jobs in construction. Investing in social housing is a better approach.
Bullet trains are back on the agenda. But a new analysis shows that rather than helping cut emissions, such a project would drive them up for at least 24 years.
Every one of Australia’s coronavirus support payments is due to end by the end of October. It’ll leave a gaping hole.
Australia could grab a huge chunk of the world’s steel industry, and do it on the east coast, if it gets the technologies right.
The pandemic has health professionals all around the country reaching out to their clients online. It’s a trend we should continue, to ensure the most disadvantaged don’t miss out on care.
Federal Labor and the party’s current leader, Anthony Albanese, have been advocating high-speed rail since they were last in government.
The federal opposition’s idea for a bullet train from Melbourne to Brisbane is not a good use of a generation’s worth of infrastructure spending. It won’t even work as an economic stimulus.
There is a strong economic case for a higher child-care subsidy to help rebuild the Australian economy after the coronavirus crisis.
If you’re scheduled for surgery in a private hospital, the hospital or surgeon will contact you. Public hospital patients shouldn’t expect to hear from the hospital until we hear more from the states.
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The COVID-19 pandemic gives us a chance to improve our elective surgery system when it restarts.
Grattan institute estimates suggest that up to 26% of the workforce – 3.4 million Australians – are likely be thrown out of work as a direct result of the shutdown.
Elective surgeries have been halted as part of the health system’s response to coronavirus. But many are unnecessary and shouldn’t be rescheduled after the pandemic ends.
It is commonly assumed that the public health and economic objectives of managing COVID-19 are in conflict. That’s wrong.
Over the past week, we’ve seen about 350 new cases per day. If this rate continues, Australia’s current ICU system will be able to cope.
The OECD estimates have Australia less hit than most, but they are only partial and point to Australia’s worst recession on record.
The government can invest in a number of catch-up programs, including summer school and small group tuition, to help children who fall behind due to COVID-19.
Melbourne Central shopping centre, Wednesday.
Deferring rent won’t be enough to help businesses in empty shopping centres survive. They know they’ll have to pay it on the other side.
Victoria and NSW have demonstrated that a severe and relatively short shutdown is still possible.