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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Melbourne’s lockdown relief is palpable, but so are concerns that low hospital spending makes the city vulnerable

Experts are desperately trying to find any cracks in the system that could let the virus loose again.

Former Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton and Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville (Images: AAP)

Somebody else’s problem: Victoria’s leaders shirk responsibility for quarantine debacle

Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry winds up today, but we still don't know who made the decision to use private security guards at hotels.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and former Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos (Images: AAP)

Andrews wants power — yet more power — without accountability

The Andrews government has no right demanding additional powers over its citizens when it can't responsibly exercise the powers it already has.

An anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne's CBD (Image: AAP/Erik Anderson)

Political medicine on a grand scale: the roadmap as the least worst option

Victoria's roadmap to recovery may seem daunting. But the alternative is much, much worse.

(Image: AAP/James Ross)

Good morning, early birds. The Victorian government has received a mixed response to its $3 billion business package, and Victoria Police reportedly arrested 74 people at yesterday's anti-lockdown protests. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

We’re all Victorians now: why Dan Andrews should force Canberra’s hand on extra stimulus

The new Victorian shutdown will force an overhaul of Australia's fiscal and economic outlook. And we need more stimulus, too – much more.

Bourke St, Melbourne (Image: AAP/Daniel Pockett)

We could be in for a long recession as jobs market succumbs to a virus

The economy was struggling even before Melbourne had to shut down again and the pain has extended across most sectors.

Public housing tower in North Melbourne (Image: AAP/James Ross)

‘People would have starved’: how young volunteers saved Melbourne’s towers

With officials failing to provide adequate food or care to people living in COVID-19 lockdown of public housing in Melbourne, the job of looking after the community fell to young volunteers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

The new normal of patchwork pandemics is very, very abnormal

Like much of the rest of the world, Australia now has to deal with a patchwork pandemic. Slipping back into old habits isn't good enough for politicians if they're to respond effectively to ongoing disruption.

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