As NSW on Wednesday extended its lockdown for another month and the federal government shelled out more money, it was as if we were back in 2020 and Victoria’s long incarceration.
JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement ended earlier this year. But the last few months in have shown the COVID crisis is far from over in Australia.
Unless we’re careful the damage will be long-lasting — especially for younger Australians.
what should the budget do for women? Jennifer Westacott (BCA) and Michele O'Neil (ACTU)
Michelle Grattan discusses next week's budget with Business Council CEO Jennifer Westacott, and ACTU president Michele O'Neil
With the end of JobKeeper come changes that will force more people to search for work.
Australia was promised a world-class vaccine program. But instead of a rollout, we got an eekout.
Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts.
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Arts Minister Paul Fletcher has taken aim at what he calls a ‘cosy club’ of arts elites. But his claim of ‘unprecedented’ arts funding and a push for greater fairness don’t add up.
The Brisbane lockdown was lifted, but the latest disruption, though limited, reinforced the importance of rolling out the vaccine as fast as possible.
Financially stressing people who can’t make ends meet makes it hard for them to function.
Other parents have got back the hours they lost. Not single parents. Many were forced to leave jobs to care for children.
JobKeeper and the COVID Supplement to JobSeeker benefits will be gone in a week. The combined effect will be to halve some recipients’ incomes and the rent they can afford.
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics.
Scott Morrison needs a lot of good fortune by May if he’s to enjoy a good run into the budget.
Scott Morrison will announce a $1.2 billion extension of the government’s wage subsidy for businesses taking on apprentices, as the government starts to roll out targeted assistance for the post-JobKeeper economy.
Philosophy can help us see how some of the implicit beliefs we hold about work are mere myths. Success isn’t always due to effort, and the idea some jobs are more shameful to have than others.
The government has released the latest Tax Office breakdown of the numbers coming off the program, amid concerns its end in late March will see a rise in unemployment.
Governor Philip Lowe at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
Governor Lowe believes the unemployment rate will need to fall well below 5% before inflation climbs to the point where he needs to jack up rates.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on promising budget figures.
Michelle Grattan discusses MYEFO with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
The economic recovery is looking more and more V-shaped, the budget recovery will be much slower.
Dancers from Bangarra perform at the reopened Australian Museum in November.
Lisa Maree Williams, Getty/PR handout
Lockdowns, job loss and university courses struck down: 2020 was a difficult year for Australia’s artists. But there was light through the darkness.