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The Road Out


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Don't count on that tradie-led recovery. The latest package is nothing to build on

The government's construction industry package is too small and too tightly targeted to make much of a difference. Meanwhile, business wants to punish workers.

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Office workers are returning to the city. But is the city ready for them?

As lockdown restrictions ease, office workers are heading back into the city.

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The shopping mall is facing forced reinvention. Will it survive?

Could the pandemic spell the end of the shopping centre?

Andrew Liveris. (Image: AAP/Alan Porritt)

First the US, then Oz. What does Trump's guy have in mind for our COVID future?

It's not entirely clear who appointed Andrew Liveris as "special adviser" to the COVID-19 commission, but the Trump supporter could turn out to hold enormous influence.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds with a model of the Barracuda-class submarine. (Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

What else can you get for 60 billion bucks?

For a start, Newstart and the youth allowance could be upped by $95 a week for 15 years. But wait! There's more!

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Blunder? What blunder? Good news on JobKeeper opens ways for further stimulus

Put together in haste for a catastrophe that didn't quite eventuate, the overestimated JobKeeper program can now be adjusted to boost the recovery.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Fixing JobKeeper's flaws would be a sign of leadership not weakness

The JobKeeper program was a good-ish response under the circumstances. But that doesn't mean it was perfect, or that trying to make it better would be an admission of failure.

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Pub life returns not as we knew it. But still, let's drink to that

The glorious reopening of pubs in NSW is a reminder of something the country is slowly losing — a vital stitch in Australia's social fabric.

The Carriageworks arts precinct. (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

To save the arts we don't need lobbyists, we need movie stars

Behind-the-scenes lobbying for the arts has been far less effective than using public figures to garner support. It's time for our stars to shine.

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The media's 'pro-vax' reporting risks inflating hopes — and share values

With the media — and the world — desperate for news of a vaccine, are we forgetting to ask crucial questions?