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The needle and the damage done

The federal government’s handling of the pandemic has been the worst public policy screw-up in Australian history

Lockdown loaves and hampers

The pandemic has led to a surge in people needing help putting food on the table

Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries, 2021

Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists

A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk

Close to home for Katy Gallagher

Life in quarantine as COVID-19 hits Senator Katy Gallagher’s family

We need to think about post-lockdown rights

Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared

When two rights make a wrong

What can be done about anti-vaxxers and the far right’s rights-based critique of vaccination?

Dissent horizon

Why do we object more to mandated vaccination than mandated lockdowns?

The pandemic and the shrinking of Australian politics

Rather than prompting reform, the COVID emergency has hardened the major parties’ neoliberal ideology

Vaccine resistance

Despite historically high vaccination rates, Australia has developed a significant anti-vax movement in the middle of a global pandemic