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Employers, schools, take note. Coronavirus 'clearance certificates' are a waste of everybody's time

  • Written by Lauren Ball, Associate Professor/ Principal Research Fellow, Griffith University
Employers, schools, take note. Coronavirus 'clearance certificates' are a waste of everybody's timeShutterstock

Last week, my two-year-old niece was sent home from daycare for having a runny nose – a sin that would otherwise be commonplace on a windy winter’s day.

The daycare centre instructed my sister she would need to produce a medical certificate “clearing” my niece of COVID-19 before she would be allowed to return to...

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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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  6. the toxic cost of wood-fired heaters
  7. The law is clear – border testing is enforceable. So why did New Zealand's quarantine system break down?
  8. rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas
  9. how Botswana is adopting the ancient burning of Indigenous Australians
  10. how Menzies transformed Australian political debate
  11. The sorry part is easy – why true racial diversity in the arts will take more than words
  12. Getting back on the beers after lockdown? Here's what you should know
  13. little things count to help refugees belong
  14. modern slavery in Australia hides in plain sight
  15. Australian musicians balance multiple roles to make their careers work
  16. why we must fight miners' push to fast-track uranium mines
  17. Huge locust swarms are threatening food security, but drones could help stop them
  18. After coronavirus, universities must collaborate with communities to support social transition
  19. Clive Hamilton and Richard McGregor on Australia-China relations
  20. Tensions rise on the Korean peninsula – and they are unlikely to recede any time soon
  21. China and India's deadly Himalayan clash is a big test for Modi. And a big concern for the world.
  22. South Australia will re-open its borders to some states, but not others. Is that constitutional?
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  25. People are marching to stop deaths in custody. Could suing the police help?
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  27. Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills
  28. Think slavery in Australia was all in the past? Think again
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  33. Mr Morrison, you can cut 'green tape' without harming nature – but it'll take money and gumption
  34. Labor's branch stacking scandal is a problem for the whole party. Not just Victoria.
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  37. Finding beauty in code – 5 ways digital poetry combines human and computer languages
  38. Councils often ignore residents on social media. How can digital platforms ensure they have a say in planning?
  39. Social media platforms need to do more to stop junk food marketers targeting children
  40. Foreign Minister Payne pledges continued fight against Chinese 'disinformation'
  41. Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin installed to run crisis-ridden Victorian ALP
  42. 2 new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, but elimination of community transmission still stands
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  44. should bosses be able to spy on workers, even when they work from home?
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