COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

Originally published on theconversation.com The town of Wilcannia in the far outback of New South Wales on the banks of the Darling river. shutterstock The COVID-19 crisis in Wilcannia demonstrates how entrenched neglect, combined with a global pandemic, have created a perfect storm impacting the most marginalised people in society. The treatment of the Barkindji […]

Overlooked and undervalued, New Zealand’s community caregivers have become the ‘invisible’ essential workers

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock As Auckland enters it’s fifth week in level 4 lockdown and the rest of New Zealand stays at level 2, spare a thought for the nation’s invisible network of essential community support workers. They are the people caring for those who, through age or disability, cannot work or leave their […]

Why nuclear submarines are a smart military move for Australia — and could deter China further

Originally published on theconversation.com The Morrison government has decided it’s best for Australia to accelerate the production of a more capable, integrated, nuclear-powered submarine platform with the US and the UK. This will more tightly enmesh Australia into the US orbit. Technologically and militarily, it means if the US goes into a conflict in the […]

Vaccinations need to reach 90% of First Nations adults and teens to protect vulnerable communities

Originally published on theconversation.com While some Australians are awaiting the nation reopening after lockdowns with hope and optimism, others are approaching it with dread. This is because a blanket lifting of restrictions when the vaccination rate reaches 70% will have devastating effects on Indigenous and other vulnerable populations. At present, vaccination rates in Indigenous populations […]

Australia to build nuclear submarines in a new partnership with the US and UK

Originally published on theconversation.com original AAP/EPA/Oliver Contreras Australia will build a fleet of nuclear submarines as part of a new security partnership with the United States and United Kingdom, dubbed AUKUS. The dramatic move is a response to the growing threat of China and will be seen as provocative by that country. In a early […]

You’re much less likely to get long COVID if you’ve been vaccinated

Originally published on theconversation.com Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia. Doing so has clear benefits in reducing new infections and preventing severe disease, hospitalisation and death. One question which is frequently asked is – does COVID vaccination prevent you from getting long COVID? Here’s what the […]

Christian Porter’s ministerial future on the line as Morrison seeks advice on ‘blind trust’

Originally published on theconversation.com Christian Porter’s ministerial future is again on the line, with Scott Morrison seeking advice on whether his receiving money for his legal bills from a “blind trust” breaches the ministerial standards code. Morrison discussed the arrangement, which has attracted a storm of controversy, with Porter on Wednesday. On Tuesday Porter updated […]

Beyond AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ dress: 5 acts of fashion provocation that changed history

Originally published on theconversation.com NDZ/STAR MAX/IPx Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ignited both controversy and celebration after wearing a gown to the Met Gala emblazoned in red graffiti text with the statement “Tax the Rich”. Appearing as a guest of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the annual fund raiser, (for which tickets cost tens […]

Australia’s yellow international arrival cards are getting a COVID-era digital makeover. Here are 5 key questions

Originally published on theconversation.com shutterstock As Australia prepares to lift the ban on international travel, the federal government has awarded Irish-based IT multinational Accenture a A$75 million contract to develop a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) system. These new digital passes, announced this week, will replace two current documents: the physical incoming passenger cards filled in […]

Victoria has announced extra funds for counselling, but it’s unlikely to improve our mental health

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock Yesterday, Victorian Minister for Mental Health James Merlino announced additional funding of $22 million for mental health support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The centrepiece of this announcement was $13.3 million for 20 “pop-up community mental health services” with “around 90 dedicated clinicians providing 93,000 additional hours of well-being […]