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Chris Woods — Reporter

Chris Woods

Reporter

Chris began their career in journalism at Long Island newspaper The Statesman in 2013. They spent the next five years freelancing for The Saturday Paper, Junkee, Pedestrian.TV and Brisbane startup blog The Tech Street Journal, before joining Crikey as a freelancer in 2017, Worm writer in 2018, and, finally, INQ reporter in 2019. Chris also volunteers at intersectional feminist current affairs program 3CR Tuesday Breakfast and law reform group Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project.

Morrison's free childcare package

Morrison's free childcare package

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition announced a plan for free childcare yesterday, and 6.6 million US employees have lost their jobs in the past week. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Oh good, the army's here

Oh good, the army's here

Good morning, early birds. Members of the Australian Defence Force have been conducting random self-isolation checks across Sydney, and Queensland has announced four-week emergency rent relief. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

How many cops does it take to patrol a park?

How many cops does it take to patrol a park?

Good morning, early birds. NSW police officers have been raiding parks and threatening people with fines, and the federal government has announced a $1.3 billion partnership with the private health sector. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

The $130 billion JobKeeper package unpacked

The $130 billion JobKeeper package unpacked

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper package, and New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have all passed health orders with whopping fines attached. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Morrison doubles down on gatherings

Morrison doubles down on gatherings

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has limited indoor and outdoor gatherings to just two people, and the government is reportedly finalising a JobKeeper allowance of $1,500 a fortnight per full-time employee. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

More stimulus is on its way

More stimulus is on its way

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison will today consider underwriting retail and small business commercial rents, rates, taxes and utility bills, and according to UN secretary-general António Guterres, "we are at war with a virus — and not winning". It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Tasmania's 120-day moratorium on evictions

Tasmania's 120-day moratorium on evictions

Good morning, early birds. Tasmania has announced a 120-day moratorium on evictions, and as Australia records over 2400 COVID-19 cases, the national cabinet has extended testing eligibility. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Morrison stops the planes

Morrison stops the planes

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has outlined a range of new shutdowns, including of libraries, outdoor play areas, most hairdressers and Australians travelling overseas, and NSW parliament has passed a bunch of emergency laws. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Unemployment expected to triple

Unemployment expected to triple

Good morning, early birds. The government has expanded the $550 coronavirus supplement to include people on Youth Allowance Student, Austudy and Abstudy payments, and unemployment is expected to jump from 5.1% to 15%. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Sorry, we're closed

Sorry, we're closed

Good morning, early birds. Pubs, cinemas, gyms, sporting venues and places to worship to boot will be shut down from midday today, and the federal government has unveiled its second stimulus package. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.