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Katherine Murphy explains the results of the latest Essential poll that looked at attitudes to Covid management.
Liam Mannix reports that modelling by a new scientific lobby group projects that NSW’s road map to reopening may lead to all the state’s intensive care unit beds being full for five weeks over Christmas and almost 1000 people dying from COVID-19.
Aaron Patrick goes into more detail.
Berejiklian is under pressure from her MPs to release COVID-19 hotspots from harsh restrictions and for health orders to be applied to suburbs with high case numbers rather than entire local government areas.
Hundreds of critical workplaces continue to be hit by COVID-19 exposures, with warehouses and distribution centres conducting contact tracing in-house as health authorities focus on “higher-risk” locations.
Unvaccinated people in New South Wales could be barred from locations and denied movement freedoms even after the state achieves 80% double dose vaccination, with the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, warning vaccine-hesitant residents they will not be able to “let everybody else do the hard work and then turn up” for equal freedoms.
Nick Bonyhady reports that Federal vaccination teams will be sent to aged care homes to offer jabs to the remaining 24,000 unvaccinated workers in the sector by the end of the week before state and territory jab mandates come into effect on Friday.
The Victorian government has put the building industry on notice to comply with public-health orders after construction sites emerged as coronavirus hotspots.
Federal digital minister Stuart Robert has claimed the apps needed to make vaccine passports work will be ready by the end of the month. But tech experts warned ancient immunisation registry technology infrastructure and a mish-mash of state-based apps risk leaving Australia short of international standards. Stuart Robert – the champion!
Uninspiring leaders and a non-compliant public do not bode well for Australia’s management of COVID-19, writes Sue Arnold.
The travel exemption based on “compassionate and compelling” grounds is inadequately defined, leading to considerable uncertainty, writes Lina Li.
Angus Thompson tells us about Berejiklian’s latest troubles stemming from Maguire.
Kevin Davis goes to Morrison’s preference to go slow on key issues.
Peter Hartcher writes about Xi’s determination to distribute wealth in China and to crack down on LGBT activities.
“Does Australia continue to provoke and insult China not so much to hurt our biggest trading partner as to motivate our most important ally – the United States – to maintain a strong economic and military presence in the area?”, asks Jack Waterford.
Jess Irvine puts the case for a four-day working week.
The ABC is under such constant pressure and threats from government (as well as relentless attacks from hostile media and other organisations such as the IPA), it’s not surprising that public attention is almost exclusively on the domestic service, writes Helen Grasswill.
The shift of wealth to the wealthier is driving interest in Universal Basic Income and Job Guarantee proposals as millions of Australians are being left behind by Australia’s mean welfare system. Can Labor do better? Brian Toohey writes about the idea of Liveable Income Guarantee.
Clive Palmer has already lost one High Court case challenging the WA border closure. He is threatening another. That too will fail, predicts Frank Brennan.
Tina Jacks reports that another Melbourne council in the electorate of Liberal MP Tim Wilson is divided over the Morrison government’s controversial car parking scheme after a scathing audit raised serious pork-barrelling concerns.
The trade war between the US and China had appeared to have settled into an uneasy truce. But the catalyst for another trade confrontation is simmering, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
A Liberal backbencher in SA is considering quitting the party to become an independent MP – a move that would leave the state government’s power to pass legislation, and its chances of winning next year’s state election, in a precarious position.
The SMH editorial says that restoring confidence in apartment buildings is vital for city living. It tells us about the serious underlying existing issues.
Anthony Galloway has a long look at the submarines fiasco.
Boris Johnson is right that we have to live with Covid, but he’s not making it easy, writes Simon Jenkins.
Prince Andrew risks the wrath of a New York judge if his lawyers decline to take part in a pre-trial hearing today in his sexual assault civil case.