There is cause for optimism. But now the pendulum swings towards individuals taking responsibility for managing risks, rather than government telling you what you can and can’t do.
How does Victoria’s response to a second COVID-19 wave compare internationally? Very favourably - only a handful of other jurisdictions have enjoyed anything like the same level of effectiveness.
The government has boosted funding for mental health services in light of the pandemic. But will these extra services get to where they are most needed?
A previous version of Melbourne's COVID roadmap flagged an exclusive bubble between two households. The new plan allows residents to have two adult visitors per day, which is far riskier.
A major review on sex work laws has just been handed to the Victorian government.
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Melbourne could be out of lockdown within a week, if COVID-19 case numbers continue their current trend. But blanket rules such as the new 25km travel radius risk unnecessarily burdening the public.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dangers of unhealthy workplaces and disempowered workers.
Some hard lessons have been learned along the way but the contact tracing system in Victoria is now very comprehensive and increasingly robust.
We're likely to see clusters of cases pop up and outbreaks that are hard to stamp out. But we can't stay in lockdown forever. We have other options.
Coronavirus has dealt a blow to the already overburdened Victorian criminal court system, meaning hundreds — if not more — face extensive delays for their day in court.
Despite obvious bungles, the Andrews government still enjoys the support of most Victorians. However, the real test may come in how well it navigates the economic fallout from the COVID pandemic.
A new report shows out of 1 million students enrolled in all Victorian schools, only 337 may have acquired the virus through outbreaks at school.
Government conspiracy theories are without merit, but their growing prevalence should ring alarm bells about the parlous state of civics education in this country.
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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.
This bill would provide 'authorised officers' with unprecedented, extraordinary powers and rely too heavily on a punitive approach, with too few checks and balances.
The premier said Melbourne's restrictions could be eased more than expected on Monday. But from an outbreak-management perspective, we should be careful of easing too soon.
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.
The Andrews government has announced regional Victoria will move to step 3 of the roadmap towards COVID normal from tomorrow night.
More testing will actually help us move forward faster. There are a few things we should do in Victoria to ensure the number of people getting tested for COVID-19 remains high.
Three principles are missing from Victoria's approach: a recognition of global best practices, a breadth of expertise and an ability to look at the long-term consequences of its decisions.