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1 April 2020

The growth in COVID-19 cases in Australia appears to have slowed

The latest figures suggest the pandemic may be able to be brought under control and dealt with in our existing public hospital system. But it’s still too early to say for sure.

31 March 2020

COVID-19: The PM’s $130b wage subsidy scheme gets marks for scale and substance

It’s not perfect, but it should give Australia a fighting change of weathering the worst of the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

30 March 2020

COVID-19: New OECD estimates suggest a 22% hit to Australia’s economy

The size of the economic shock Australia faces points to the need for governments to provide substantial further support to cushion the blow.

27 March 2020

The case for a rent holiday for businesses on the coronavirus economic frontline

Businesses on the economic frontline need immediate help to get through the COVID-19 crisis. And rent is the biggest barrier to survival.

27 March 2020

Disadvantaged students will be hit hardest by the enforced move to online schooling

When the COVID-19 crisis is over and the schools reopen, there’ll be a lot of catching-up to do. Here are some ways we could help students bounce back.

24 March 2020

COVID-19: We’re running out of time to use Endgame C

To drive infections down, Australia needs political commitment, decisive action, and clear communications — and we need it fast.

23 March 2020

COVID-19: Infection rates in Australia are heading in the wrong direction

Coronavirus cases are spreading across Australia less rapidly than in many countries, but more rapidly than some. Grattan has produced a chart showing the comparisons. It is updated regularly.

21 March 2020

COVID-19: The endgame, and how to get there

Ten of thousands of lives depend on the policy choices Australia makes now. None of the options is pleasant, but one is less bad than the others.

19 March 2020

COVID-19: The economic rescue package must target households as well as businesses

Two policies should form the centrepiece of Stimulus Two: wage and rental relief for businesses, and cash for affected workers. It will be costly and controversial, but it must be done.

18 March 2020

COVID-19: Let’s enlist childcare workers as nannies for health workers

It’s an unusual plan, but we are living in unusual times. Here’s why it makes sense, and how it could work.