The challenges of the COVID-19 crisis have occupied Australia's — and the world’s — policy attention in recent months. And despite Australia’s comparative success to date, will continue to do so for months or years to come.
But we must not forget the existing challenges we faced prior to 2020. There are the tectonic economic forces of globalisation and automation putting pressure on jobs and wages. There has been rising inequality around the world and in Australia.
And, perhaps above all, in spite of signing up to the Paris Agreement to restrict global warming to less than 2˚C, there has been a shocking failure to address climate change.