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  • Will the National Cabinet change Federal-State relations?

    Zim Nwokora     |      September 7, 2020

    The much-heralded success of the national cabinet is more related to the extraordinary circumstance in which it operates than its revolutionary design.

  • Engaging culturally diverse communities during COVID-19

    Nicole Butcher Bishop     |      September 6, 2020

    The COVID-19 response in Victoria, Australia needs a stronger focus on working with poorer and culturally and linguistically diverse communities to contain the virus and allow the lifting of lockdowns.

  • Premiers facing elections play hardball with hard borders

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 6, 2020

    That old adage “never get between a premier and a bucket of money” has become “never get between a premier and a COVID election”.

  • Surviving the self-inflicted recession

    Richard Holden     |      September 6, 2020

    Governments around the world have voluntarily shut down their economies for the first time in history. How will Australia escape this unprecedented situation to restart its economy?

  • Melbourne’s COVID car crunch

    Open Forum     |      September 5, 2020

    When Melbourne goes back to work after stage 4 restrictions are lifted, commuters are likely to shun public transport in favour of their cars, potentially causing gridlock after weeks of empty roads.

  • Coming to a head

    Open Forum     |      September 5, 2020

    Coming to a head

    A Monash research team studying head impacts at the elite level of Australian football say it’s too soon to make a direct link between concussion in the sport and brain problems later in life.

  • Investing in the future after COVID-19

    Andrew Elek     |      September 5, 2020

    Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining and COVID offers governments around the world an unprecedented opportunity to invest in a better future, not least by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

  • Loving to learn in lockdown

    Pearl Subban     |      September 4, 2020

    For introverted students, educators and professionals who enjoy routine, predictability and quiet reflection, being confined to their homes has given them a chance to thrive.

  • Australia can lead a biotechnology revolution

    John S. Mattick     |      September 4, 2020

    The Australian government needs to develop a bold vision and strategic plan to create the data-driven healthcare system and bioeconomy of the future.

  • The long dark teatime of the soul

    Open Forum     |      September 4, 2020

    Several new terms have been coined for the listlessness induced by COVID lockdowns, but an ancient word might be the best.

  • The storm before the calm

    Colin Chapman     |      September 3, 2020

    Many Americans think their country is in bad shape but George Friedman’s close examination of American history indicates that the country is in the midst of an expected period of transition rather than a state of decline.

  • Reinventing medical education in the digital age of COVID-19

    Wendy C. Coates     |      September 3, 2020

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, everything about clinical practice and the medical educational system has been turned upside down, but scientific discovery progresses at a rapid pace during times of crisis as new approaches are born from adversity.