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COVID Inequality & Multipliers

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The lockdowns of varying degrees currently being experienced in Melbourne and Sydney highlight the deep fissures and inequalities prevalent in large cities. Rather than a tale of two cities, it’s a tale of two halves within each city. While these generalisations are very broad, they are indicative of a number of factors that start with the socioeconomic status (SES) variation across different suburbs within the city. This is not a simple case of rich vs…

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Dan and Gladys – a Matter of Trust

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(Disclaimers: I’m politically aligned to the right, live in Melbourne, and the current outbreaks are far from over) COVID has become highly politicised; we might more accurately say it has brought out the worst of our political partisanship. The national cabinet is a fractured mix of a Liberal Prime Minister and mostly Labor State Premiers. The state response has followed a pattern along political lines, with Labor Premiers favouring lockdowns, and Gladys in NSW playing…

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Australia’s COVID Elimination Strategy Has Failed

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What’s the best thing about Australia? It’s far from everywhere.What’s the worst thing about Australia? It’s far from everywhere.Isolated & strong borders, reversed seasons. In the world of COVID, these would appear to be a blessing. When COVID first emerged, the cold winter in the northern hemisphere contributed to its rapid spread. In Australia, the warmer climate helped reduce the spread, and together with border control and quarantine, we were largely able to get things…

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