• 10 lessons from the COVID crisis

    Open Forum     |      February 23, 2021

    Australia ranked eighth in the world ‘s Top 10 countries to manage their COVID-19 response well, with New Zealand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Cyprus, Rwanda and Iceland leading the way in an in-depth study by international experts.

  • The QAnon threat to Australia’s vaccine rollout

    Sam Williamson     |      February 10, 2021

    Australian QAnon followers have blended the original claims relating to satanic government cannibals and their imminent arrest with other discredited conspiracy theories, such as that 5G technology spreads coronavirus and that the global pandemic has been an orchestrated event.

  • How Canberra contained the pandemic

    Christian Porter     |      February 9, 2021

    Speaking at the GAP Summit on National Resilience, Australia’s Attorney-General the Hon Christian Porter reflected on the key decisions made by the Government to contain coronavirus, including the National Cabinet, border closures and proportionate lockdowns, before addressing future challenges.

  • Privacy and health: The lessons of COVID-19

    Paul Garrett     |      February 9, 2021

    Despite public support, the COVIDSafe app failed to reach its download target. So, what are the implications for future policies that need citizens to share information?

  • Could politicians be prosecuted for mishandling COVID-19?

    Open Forum     |      February 5, 2021

    A physician and executive editor of the British Medical Journal believes that politicians should be held accountable and prosecuted for botched responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tracking COVID’s mental health impact via Twitter

    Open Forum     |      February 4, 2021

    Data scientists have analysed 94 million tweets from the first months of the pandemic to track COVID-19’s effect on mental health in NSW.

  • China and Russia aim to undermine free world COVID vaccines

    Ariel Bogle     |      January 23, 2021

    Propaganda campaigns by hostile nations aim to undermine vaccine uptake and trust in the public health agencies tasked to deal with ending the pandemic.

  • Lessons learned from the plague year

    Connor Bamford     |      January 19, 2021

    A year on, the COVID pandemic has proved the value of science and the importance of social solidarity in the face of a common threat.

  • Vaccinating against misinformation

    Australian Academy of Science     |      January 17, 2021

    Australia’s top scientists urge Australians to continue to consult reputable sources of evidence-based information about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Hang in there, Australia

    Brendan Crabb     |      January 8, 2021

    Australia’s COVID exit strategy will be built around vaccines, but current COVID controls may still be required for another year, and perhaps some will endure beyond that.

  • We need a Federal push on vaccinations

    John Hancocks     |      December 31, 2020

    The COVID outbreak in NSW, the emergence of a more virulent strain in Britain and a new wave of infections in the USA and Europe should provoke a greater sense of urgency in the Federal Government to vaccinate Australians as quickly as possible.

  • Heeding the lessons of 2020

    Open Forum     |      December 28, 2020

    No one could have predicted some of the hard lessons we’d learn in 2020. So what do we know at the end of this year that we had absolutely no clue about before?