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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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How did Victoria get here? Examine the lack of diversity in decision-making

Instead of blaming 'rule-breaking' individuals for the rise of coronavirus cases in Melbourne, look at how diverse the decision-makers are.

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.

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Will COVID-19 be our public health wakeup call? 

While Australia's COVID-19 death rate may be comparably low, the impact and spread of the disease points to flaws in our public health.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Who advises the man who advises the nation on COVID-19?

By this point in the coronavirus crisis, everyone knows chief medical officer Brendan Murphy. But what do we know about the team behind him, saving Australia from catastrophe?

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Just how much does the government say a human life is worth?

Can we really put a cost on human life? The answer is yes, and it happens more often than you think — as the pandemic has proved.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The government has finally released the modelling. Here’s what it means

The federal government has released its coronavirus modelling. We spoke to the experts to find out whether it matters.

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What can Australia learn from New Zealand’s coronavirus modelling?

New Zealand has released the modelling it used to decide how to tackle the coronavirus spread — we look at how it can apply to Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt

Government losing control as crisis tests basic skills and demands hard choices

The government is doing little to allay growing panic about the coronavirus crisis, both because it is failing to explain its strategy, and because it has been stuck in political mode for so long that the challenge of actual leadership may be beyond its reach.

The Diamond Princess sits docked in Circular Quay, Sydney in 2009 (Image: AAP/Paul Miller)

Robbing the young to save the oldies. Is that right?

We let poor kids die and no one seems to care. But when an 80-year-old dies on a cruise ship, it’s a global emergency.

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