victoria’s coronavirus contact tracers are already under the pump. what happens next?

Victoria’s coronavirus contact tracers are already under the pump. What happens next?

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Image: Shuttlestock The emergence of significant community transmission of COVID-19 in Melbourne over the past week is greatly concerning to the whole of Australia. Earlier this week, Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said the state was struggling to cope with...
sunday essay: need a sitter? revisiting girlhood, feminism and diversity in the baby-sitters club

Sunday essay: need a sitter? Revisiting girlhood, feminism and diversity in The Baby-Sitters Club

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Picture: Kailey Schwerman/Netflix The Baby-Sitters Club, the popular series by Ann M. Martin, defined my childhood. I collected the books until I was 11. I played it in the school yard (I was Dawn...
explainer: what’s the new coronavirus saliva test, and how does it work?

Explainer: what’s the new coronavirus saliva test, and how does it work?

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Picture: Daniel Pockett/AAP A cornerstone of containing the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread testing to identify cases and prevent new outbreaks emerging. This strategy is known as “test, trace and isolate”. The standard test so far...
we looked at the health star rating of 20,000 foods and this is what we found

We looked at the health star rating of 20,000 foods and this is what...

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Image: Shuttlestock As you read this, health officials are busy finalising the government’s review of the health star rating system on packaged foods. One of the issues the review is looking at is whether the system, which...
victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. will the new measures work?

Victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. Will the new measures...

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Image: James Ross/AAP I recently wrote about Victoria’s surge in COVID-19 cases. On that day, Victoria recorded 11 new infections, after a few days of new cases in the high teens and low twenties. I wondered...
forget jobseeker. in our post-covid economy, australia needs a ‘liveable income guarantee’ instead

Forget JobSeeker. In our post-COVID economy, Australia needs a ‘liveable income guarantee’ instead

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Picture: Kelly Barnes/ AAP There are now less than three months to go before the expanded JobSeeker payment is due to end. As a result, there is a growing political debate about what should happen to the...
neverending stories – why we still love unsolved mysteries

Neverending stories – why we still love Unsolved Mysteries

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Picture: Artem Kovalev/Unsplash, Since the mid-1980s, the Unsolved Mysteries television program has investigated thousands of weird and wonderful tales. The popularity of the series over almost 35 years, more than 600 episodes, and five reboots, is testament...
by persisting with covidsafe, australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing

By persisting with COVIDSafe, Australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing

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Image: Scott Barbour/AAP Image Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the...
be careful what you claim for when working from home. there are capital gains tax risks

Be careful what you claim for when working from home. There are capital gains...

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Image: Shuttlestock Nearly all of the income tax focus in the context of “working from home” during COVID-19 has been on claiming “running expenses” – things like electricity, heating and internet/broadband fees. These are pretty...
why the ban on nicotine vape fluid will do more harm than good

Why the ban on nicotine vape fluid will do more harm than good

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Last week the federal government’s Office of Drug Control announced changes to the importation of nicotine-containing electronic cigarette fluids that will seriously affect the estimated 227,000 regular e-cigarette users in Australia. From January 1, 2021, users will no...