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COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

  • Written by Richard Holden, Professor of Economics, UNSW
COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.Shutterstock

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks to the federal government’s large fiscal measures.

But we are at a crossroads.

By September, we may well have...

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People need to see the benefits from local renewable energy projects, and that means jobs

  • Written by Tom Morton, Associate Professor, Journalism, Stream Leader, Climate Justice Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney
People need to see the benefits from local renewable energy projects, and that means jobsHoliday Point/Flickr, CC BY

The Australian government’s investment roadmap for low-emissions technologies promises more taxpayers’ money to the gas industry but fails to deliver the policy needed for people to support a transition to renewable energy.

It ignores what academic experts, the CSIRO, the Australian Energy Market Operator,...

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Closing the Gap measures need to be changed to improve outcomes. Here's how

  • Written by Fiona Stanley, Perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist; distinguished professorial fellow, Telethon Kids Institute
Closing the Gap measures need to be changed to improve outcomes. Here's howAAP/Mick Tsikas

The 2020 Closing the Gap Report was tabled in federal parliament on February 12. It showed there are still significant gaps in almost all of the targets. Only early child education attendance and year 12 attainments were on track.

We believe these goals may be better achieved by comparing outcomes within the diverse Aboriginal and...

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  1. Labor party's dirty linen on display at bad time for Anthony Albanese
  2. Retail won't snap back. 3 reasons why COVID has changed the way we shop, perhaps forever
  3. Girls score the same in maths and science as boys, but higher in arts – this may be why they are less likely to pick STEM careers
  4. At least 100,000 children have a parent who is arrested each year. There are no proper systems to protect them.
  5. the toxic cost of wood-fired heaters
  6. The law is clear – border testing is enforceable. So why did New Zealand's quarantine system break down?
  7. rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas
  8. how Botswana is adopting the ancient burning of Indigenous Australians
  9. how Menzies transformed Australian political debate
  10. The sorry part is easy – why true racial diversity in the arts will take more than words
  11. Getting back on the beers after lockdown? Here's what you should know
  12. little things count to help refugees belong
  13. modern slavery in Australia hides in plain sight
  14. Australian musicians balance multiple roles to make their careers work
  15. why we must fight miners' push to fast-track uranium mines
  16. Huge locust swarms are threatening food security, but drones could help stop them
  17. After coronavirus, universities must collaborate with communities to support social transition
  18. Clive Hamilton and Richard McGregor on Australia-China relations
  19. Tensions rise on the Korean peninsula – and they are unlikely to recede any time soon
  20. China and India's deadly Himalayan clash is a big test for Modi. And a big concern for the world.
  21. South Australia will re-open its borders to some states, but not others. Is that constitutional?
  22. the cheap, old and boring drug that's a potential coronavirus treatment
  23. Pokémon Go wants to make 3D scans of the whole world for 'planet-scale augmented reality experiences'. Is that good?
  24. People are marching to stop deaths in custody. Could suing the police help?
  25. how American slave-owners started again in Australia
  26. Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills
  27. Think slavery in Australia was all in the past? Think again
  28. Feeling hopeless? There are things you can do to create and maintain hope in a post-coronavirus world
  29. What adds value to your house? How to decide between renovating and moving
  30. 'Shovel-ready' projects ignore important aspects of community resilience
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  32. Mr Morrison, you can cut 'green tape' without harming nature – but it'll take money and gumption
  33. Labor's branch stacking scandal is a problem for the whole party. Not just Victoria.
  34. how to travel the world from home
  35. Australia Post can't turn back. Here's why
  36. Finding beauty in code – 5 ways digital poetry combines human and computer languages
  37. Councils often ignore residents on social media. How can digital platforms ensure they have a say in planning?
  38. Social media platforms need to do more to stop junk food marketers targeting children
  39. Foreign Minister Payne pledges continued fight against Chinese 'disinformation'
  40. Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin installed to run crisis-ridden Victorian ALP
  41. 2 new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, but elimination of community transmission still stands
  42. 10 ways Aboriginal Australians made English their own
  43. should bosses be able to spy on workers, even when they work from home?
  44. Cats wreak havoc on native wildlife, but we’ve found one adorable species outsmarting them
  45. Trust, democracy and COVID-19: A British perspective
  46. Planning a snow holiday? How to reduce your coronavirus risk at Thredbo, Perisher or Mount Buller
  47. what does the law say about secret recordings and the public interest?
  48. How Paul Keating transformed the economy and the nation
  49. The number of climate deniers in Australia is more than double the global average, new survey finds
  50. how Australia's wine industry can adapt to climate change

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