COVID-19 has now made us two Australias. There's Victoria – most specifically Melbourne – and then there's the rest of the country.
Non-essential retailers across Melbourne will be shut under Victoria's unprecedented lockdown, while Scott Morrison announced a “pandemic disaster payment” worth $1,500 for Victorian workers.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has voiced frustration at workers who don't stay home despite having COVID-19 symptoms. But the problem is linked to growing workforce casualisation and use of labour hire.
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.
The reintroduction of restrictions in Victoria in response to its COVID second wave will reduce
National growth will have been reduced $3.3 billion will reduce
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Victoria recorded 484 new cases on a day when COVID-19 should have been firmly on the decline if the latest lockdown was working. It's time to contemplate even stricter measures for longer-term gain.
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The fines for failing to wear a mask during Melbourne's lockdown have been criticised as 'punitive'. But the fact that masks are cheap or free, with huge public health benefits, makes it justifiable.
Voters appear to be holding state premiers responsible for coronavirus case surges, rather than the federal government.
The tough line on returnees comes as Victoria announced its latest daily tally of a record 288 new COVID cases.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in politics with Professor Paddy Nixon
The surge of cases in Victoria is inviting speculation into how the state and federal governments could have acted differently.
As the second wave takes hold of Melbourne, the Victorian government will lock down the metropolitan area.
It's time to accept that moving in and out of various levels of restriction may just be a part of life as we know it in 2020, and likely 2021.
The public housing hard lockdown is the product of a punitive public housing system whose residents have been neglected for decades.
Labor’s Kristy McBain Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.
Labor's Kristy McBain is leading in the closely-watched byelection for the marginal NSW seat.
The Eden-Monaro by-election will decide more than the member for the electorate.
The Victorian spike serves as a reminder that we are still very much in a pandemic. We need to come to terms with the fact we will need follow the basics of infection control for some time.
Victoria will enter local lockdown for a month, with 36 suburbs in ten Melbourne postcode areas being affected.
We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do. This creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.
Excess buying of toilet paper has become a leading indicator of public alarm about COVID-19. This week in Victoria, people were heading for the shelves again...