Income and employment support are more important in addressing the mental health impact of the pandemic than mental health services.
The rules dividing states and territories are likely to remain in the short term. But as time goes on and vaccination rates increase, many may stop trying to reach COVID-zero too.
The sane elements of the media, of which The Age is one, serve the community better when their opinions are measured and do not feed into the political polarisation developing around the pandemic.
The next months are going to remain difficult. But I’m still hopeful about the future. There will come a point when enough people are vaccinated that case numbers begin to decrease.
‘Contracting out’ government functions for delivery by the private sector has become the standard way of doing things across all levels of government in Australia.
Mould, dodging mine shafts, sleeping in beds of dried leaves: Mary Anne Allen’s diary offers a fascinating glimpse of family life on the goldfields in 1852.
Barnaby Joyce’s pro-mining stance is at odds with the more progressive quarters of the party, and puts the Nationals in a difficult position on global carbon tariffs.
Under the Commonwealth Criminal Code, it’s an offence to use a ‘carriage service’ — which includes phone, videoconferencing or email —for the purposes of conveying ‘suicide related material’.
There’s always an element of ‘hindsight being 20/20’ whenever we’re evaluating a lockdown.
Three suburbs in Victoria have been warned against drinking tap water — even if they boil it first.
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.
Recent commentary has suggested transport, age, jobs, migrant population and other factors among the reasons that may help explain the difference. What does the data say?
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.
You only have to prevent one case, which could have otherwise led to community spread and lockdown, for such a scheme to pay for itself many times over.
The public deserves an ambulance service that advocates for their staff and their patients, not the needs of politicians who want a simple number to demonstrate their effectiveness.
The move is designed to demonstrate to the Australian public, the Chinese leadership, and Australia’s allies that Canberra is holding firm in its ‘push back’ against Beijing.
Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the best way to prevent yourself getting sick. And don’t use hand sanitiser.
The revamped Victorian hotel quarantine system appears to have addressed the weaknesses of the previous system, particularly around the risk of airborne transmission.