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A $200 fine for not wearing a mask is fair, as long as free masks go to those in need

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.
For large households living at close quarters, as in Melbourne’s public housing towers, hotel isolation of people with COVID-19 is likely to be more cost-effective. James Ross/AAP

Is aggressive hotel isolation worth the cost to fight COVID-19? The answer depends on family size

The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne's public housing towers.
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Which face mask should I wear?

The advice on wearing masks in public has just changed in Australia. Here are your options if you live in Melbourne or other areas with high rates of community transmission.
This former school site in Dallas, Melbourne, is one of many sites suitable for public housing that are being prepared for sale in areas with high housing need. Roland Postma

Public land is being sold exactly where thousands on the waiting list need housing

Of 2,646 hectares of public land being prepared for sale in Victoria, 24 sites are suitable for building high-quality public housing in places of high need. Why isn't the land being used for this?

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