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Stephen Bartos

Stephen Bartos is the former deputy secretary of the Finance Department and a director of Pegasus Economics.

A protester is arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Sure, love thy lockdown, but there's no evidence to say it's best done with force

There are better ways to enforce Victoria's lockdown than heavy policing, Stephen Bartos writes.

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Despite its big COVID moment, science is in crisis

Public trust in science may be on the up, but the field is suffering badly from declining universities and a long-running replicability crisis.

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There's more than one road to serfdom — and we may well be on it

COVID-19 didn't cause the breakdown of our parliamentary system — it just accelerated it

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Reasons to be cheerful: Treasury says we will get the pandemic under control

There was plenty of optimism in yesterday's economic statement. But so much depends on how the virus behaves.

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Why a second lockdown will test governments to the limit

A second lockdown is not the first lockdown on rewind. Governments and their advisers need to show they understand this.

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When a little inflation is a good thing: it's time for a stimulus spending spree

The RBA says the government has nothing to fear from rising debt and inflation, and hints more help is on its way.

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The Dyson Heydon case reveals a deep flaw in judicial accountability

Who will judge the judges: how do we hold the judicial system accountable while maintaining its independence and integrity?

Protesters during a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Health officials' protest advice puts public trust at risk

Warnings from health officials against protesting, while pubs and restaurants are allowed to open, are inconsistent.

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Where is the economy going? Destination known but we're driving in fog to get there

Where we need the economy to get to is clear. How we get it there is another matter entirely.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The Beijing dilemma: right now, we need China more than it needs us

When it comes to dealing with the Chinese government, there is a big difference between sensible caution and needless provocation. Australia must choose wisely.

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