• Coronavirus

    Things to make and do


    Alice Motion |  April 1, 2020


    As scientists frantically try to find drugs to slow COVID-19’s spread, citizen science offers an opportunity for all of us to get involved by using the technology at our fingertips to unite towards a common goal. 


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    Tackling COVID-19 from intensive care


    Open Forum |  April 1, 2020


    Critically ill patients from intensive care units are part of a global trial testing a suite of flu and pneumonia drugs in a bid to combat COVID-19.


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    Why does Australia have a “National Cabinet”?


    Jennifer Menzies |  April 1, 2020


    Writers such as Naomi Wolf have worried about Australia’s abandonment of its normal checks and balances, but the rebadging of COAG as a ‘National Cabinet’ is in line with constitutional norms during a severe but temporary national crisis.


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  • We’ll be measured by how we help the vulnerable

    Ben Knight     |      March 28, 2020

    Disasters don’t affect people equally; they hit the poorest people the worst, and the coronavirus will be no different.

  • The grim outlook for Indonesia

    John McBeth     |      March 28, 2020

    Indonesian leaders initially ignored or dismissed the threat of coronavirus to their country, but the lack of testing, health care and social measures in the country has allowed the virus to take hold, with potentially devastating results.

  • Tales of the unexpected

    Filia Garivaldis     |      March 28, 2020

    The clearer and stronger the messages around what constitutes safe and risky behaviours are from government, the more persuasive these messages are, and the greater the chances of public adoption to fight COVID-19.

  • Keeping your head amid COVID-19

    Terry Bowles     |      March 28, 2020

    When there’s a crisis the first impulse can be fear and panic. But the COVID-19 pandemic demands clear thought, so here is one way to adapt your thinking.

  • Protecting older Australians from COVID-19

    Andrea Maier     |      March 28, 2020

    While Australia works to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are extra health considerations when it comes to older Australians and our ageing society.

  • 5 tips to help your kids learn at home

    Chelsea Hyde     |      March 28, 2020

    As schools in several Australian states close their doors, many parents are concerned about the disruption to their child’s education. So, what’s the best way to keep kids learning at home?

  • Coronavirus could spark another refugee crisis

    Denis Dragovic     |      March 28, 2020

    It’s easy to focus inwards during times like this. Families take care of loved ones and governments take care of their people. But another crisis created by the novel coronavirus is looming.

  • The virus of misinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      March 28, 2020

    Chinese and Russian propaganda which skews the Coronavirus outbreak against the West is being shared and spread by Western conspiracy theorists and threatens to undermine the fight against the disease, as well as rewrite its origins to turn fact into fiction.

  • Making more out of less

    Lauren Samuelsson     |      March 28, 2020

    Panic buying has stripped supermarket shelves, and while Australia is well-able to feed itself, people used to eating out might take a leaf out of the book of the Women’s Weekly and think about making more out of less at home.

  • Stay in touch with touchscreens

    Bridget Laging     |      March 28, 2020

    Social distancing is rapidly becoming a way of life as Australia fights the outbreak of COVID-19, but the physical isolation of older people can be eased by virtual contacts with family, and activities ranging from karaoke to museum tours.

  • What Thucydides and the plague of Athens can teach us today

    Chris Mackie     |      March 28, 2020

    Thucydides offers us a description of a city-state in crisis that is as poignant and powerful now, as it was in 430BC.

  • Let kindness shine through

    Ebony Stansfield     |      March 28, 2020

    Generosity and building communities while staying physically distant can counter the negativity of the COVID-19 pandemic.