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7 September 2020

Victoria is going for zero. NSW should emulate it.

Victoria now has a good COVID-19 roadmap. It identifies the right goal, provides explicit criteria for when restrictions might be lifted, and involves mostly appropriate measures.

4 September 2020

Opening up too early would mean more deaths and a yo-yo economy

On COVID-19, there is no conflict between policy choices made to protect public health and those which give priority to the economy. In both cases the right thing to do is to go for zero cases before restrictions are completely eased.

3 September 2020

When it comes to policy reform, the good old days really were better

Australian governments in the past 20 years have rejected many more significant reforms than governments in the 20 years before them.

30 August 2020

Victoria should stay the course on COVID-19

Dan Andrews should go for zero. Opening up too early would risk a third wave, more economic disruption, and more deaths.

27 August 2020

COVID-19 hits the poor and vulnerable hardest

Australian governments have failed aged care residents during this pandemic – leading to unnecessary deaths. But they are also failing prisoners and people who live in overcrowded housing.

25 August 2020

3 questions for the Education Minister about remote schooling

What’s your plan to help disadvantaged students catch up? How are you tackling students’ mental health problems? And what lessons have you learnt?

24 August 2020

Waves of inequity in the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 has exposed the myths that Australia is an egalitarian society and the land of the ‘fair go’. The mantra that ‘we’re all in this together’ disguised the fact that some were more likely to get COVID-19 and some were less likely. 

12 August 2020

A gas bubble cannot lift Australia to manufacturing recovery

Using gas to fire-up recovery from the COVID recession would simply demonstrate everything that’s wrong with such well-meaning stimulus programs.

12 August 2020

There’s a lot more to retirement incomes than super

An unbalanced retirement incomes debate can lead to poor policy choices.
For example, an excessive focus on superannuation has distorted the ways
in which we try to reduce poverty among retirees.

12 August 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 journey takes a turn for the worse

In this running blog series for an international audience, Grattan’s Health team track Australia’s evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier posts are published below.