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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Andrews delivers a gut punch to the national economy, but it’s the feds who need to pay

Thanks to Daniel Andrews and his government, Australia faces an economic disaster. But the federal government must step up on the response.

People in Melbourne line up for supplies before the curfew comes into effect (Image: AAP/Erik Anderson)

Welcome to emergency post-capitalism, where audacious human solutions are needed

We're in the middle of a storm. And only radical action can get us out.

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How lethal is COVID-19? And is the stage four cure worse than the disease?

At this point it seems mathematically likely that the lockdown will end up killing more people than it saves...

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

Is there a stage five? Well, yes, the lockdown could get tighter still

While the current stage four restrictions imposed in Victoria are the toughest Australia has seen, Daniel Andrews says there's more to come if COVID-19 case numbers don't go down.

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A silver lining for Victorian lockdown, old killers return, Iran cooks the books

In Virus Watch today, some good news from the Melbourne lockdown, plus more of the latest coronavirus news.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Defence spending keeps Canberra and US in step, with or without Trump

Foreign Minister Marise Payne wouldn't be drawn by her US counterpart on China, but Australia is still very much in step with the Americans when it comes to military spending. Just ask our former defence ministers.

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What a second century of US ‘mateship’ might well mean — less bark, more bite

As Australia treads the line between infuriating Beijing and alienating Washington, it's no longer about just talking the talk – we're expected to walk the walk.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Independent media or the AFL’s Pravda? The Mitch Cleary saga shows is conflicted

A newsroom owned by the football league it reports on is hopelessly conflicted, as the Mitch Cleary saga shows.

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A use for Clive … Melbourne fights back … the joy of unity

Western Australian politicians use Clive Palmer as their go-to hate figure, Melbourne copes as best it can and is Quaden Bayles going to sue News Corp?

Former Tennis Australia director Harold Mitchell (Image: AAP/Julian Smith)

Harold Mitchell gives ASIC a bloody nose but it was still worth the fight

After a four-year process, ASIC will probably end up paying $2-3 million for Mitchell's legal costs. But it wasn't all for nothing, writes Stephen Mayne.

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The humanitarian hole: China steps up to fill Australia’s foreign aid shortfall

Australia usually prides itself on its aid in the Pacific. But the pandemic has put everything on pause.

A coronavirus testing facility in Depok, Indonesia (Image: EPA/Adi Weda)

The humanitarian hole: Australia’s foreign aid cuts see disease increase abroad 

Australia's aid budget has been declining for years. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has left our Pacific neighbours' health systems in danger of collapse, and the fallout could be massive.

Governor-General David Hurley (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

Why are women under-represented in the Order of Australia awards?

An Order of Australia award is a career accelerant for many recipients. So why are so few women given the opportunity?

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Why is the Order of Australia ignoring Indigenous Australians?

The Council of the Order of Australia is meant to reflect the makeup of Australian culture. So why has it been years since there's been any Indigenous representation?

Myths, facts and theories around Victoria’s unknown COVID-19 sources

Many of Victoria's COVID-19 cases come from unknown sources. Crikey breaks down some of the likely suspects, and debunks a few myths along the way.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

When and why did the strategy change to elimination?

Rather than imposing draconian new restrictions, here's the announcement Daniel Andrews should have made.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

We’re all Victorians now: why Dan Andrews should force Canberra’s hand on extra stimulus

The new Victorian shutdown will force an overhaul of Australia's fiscal and economic outlook. And we need more stimulus, too – much more.

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More restrictions loom for Victoria, a history of COVID curfews, the Russian vaccine

As Victorians wait to hear details of the full stage four restrictions they will face, Russia says it's won the vaccine race, and the bad news continues for India.

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Clive Palmer (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Feds sniff the western winds and back away from Palmer’s WA border case

The federal government has done a 180 in its support for Clive Palmer's High Court challenge to WA’s hard border closure.

Sign of the times: mortgage defaults will happen if the recession creates a perfect storm

How safe are Australia’s banks? What will happen to the 800,000 loans they have deferred? Will the recession create a tidal wave of mortgage defaults that sends banks to the wall?

Former Austrade CEO Stephanie Fahey

Austrade buys into a most undiplomatic mess with CEO’s ‘brutal’ departure

The reasons for Stephanie Fahey's sudden departure last month are juicy topics among friends and foes. But according to insiders, the organisation was left in chaos.

COVID’s tail: the new normal may well involve long-term support for sufferers

Evidence is mounting that COVID-19 could leave long-lasting health effects on many sufferers. How will the government support these 'long-haulers' post-pandemic?

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Image: AAP/Daniel Hicks)

Queensland LNP could learn a thing or two from New Zealand

Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern is writing the script for how to win an election in the midst of chaos. But in Queensland, only one side appears to be taking notice.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (AAP/Glenn Hunt)

Beware of the Other — a virus that is everywhere, and when it suits, everyone

The pandemic has reinforced a growing enthusiasm for closing borders against external threats — and business is unwilling to provide any incentive to stop it.

Image: AAP/David Crosling

Gene detectives search for COVID-19 gateway, with men looking like the weaker sex

Around the world, researchers are trying to unlock the secret of how and why COVID-19 is so deadly to some and not others — and theresults are already surprising.

Murdoch’s leaving is a long time coming and certainly not all it seems

Is Rupert Murdoch's son's resignation from News Corp really prompted by a question of morality?

Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch

Why did James Murdoch quit?

The younger Murdoch son resigned from News Corp citing 'disagreements over certain editorial content'. But what content was he talking about, exactly?

Rupert Murdoch

Old bull, new bull: a brief recap of News Corp’s latest problems

Remember when News Corp was a young bull knocking over anyone who stood in its way? How the mighty have fallen.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Government moves on big tech but money looks a fair way off (and no love for the ABC or SBS)

The government has unveiled its new code of conduct that will force tech companies to pay news organisations for their content. But there'll be no money for the public broadcasters.