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Kiss goodbye to that big, family wedding

In the age of coronavirus, only tiny weddings are allowed and the extended family barbecue is out, says MICHELLE GRATTAN

Going once, going twice… gone completely? 

"The Planning Directorate’s ad hoc approach to planning is delivering a degradation of the suburbs rather than enhancement through good design and green infrastructure improvements," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.  

Premiers overshadow an irritated Morrison

Scott Morrison was clearly beyond irritated on Sunday when premiers Gladys Berejiklian and Daniel Andrews flagged shutdowns and indicated they disagreed with his insistence on the need for children to be kept in school, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Border control a joke as co-ordination falters

"Australia’s border control for this virus has been a joke. The cruise ships that landed in Sydney allowing thousands of potentially exposed people to pour into that city is just one example," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Grattan / PM moves to draconian measures

Entertainment venues are being closed in draconian measures to fight the virus, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Morrison announces a further $66 billion for economic support

The package of cash and credit to prop up businesses, protect jobs where possible and assist those whose jobs can’t be saved as well as welfare recipients and low income earners, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Australia’s now a nation in self-isolation

Morrison has stressed Australia is not in shut down. Not officially. But out of a combination of alarm, caution and government measures to contain the virus’s spread, many activities have shut down and more do so every day, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

New crowd bans and a serious travel warning

Morrison government bans indoor gatherings of 100 people, and tells Australians '"don't go overseas", writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Third virus case in parliament forces them to quickly pass package

MPs aim for lightning sitting on stimulus, as third parliamentarian contracts virus, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Virus crisis / Woman in her 70s makes three in the ACT

 A WOMAN in her 70s is the latest confirmed case of COVID-19 in the ACT. She has been admitted to Canberra Hospital. 

Collapsing businesses force the Government to ‘scale up’

Government forced to “scale up” fiscal response to deal with impact of “scaled up” health response, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Why we can’t afford a #scottycomelately

"The stimulus package was a difficult decision for a government with its tunnel vision on a budget surplus. It is a good decision. It just took too long," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Confusing signals when even the experts disagree

This isn’t just a fast-moving situation, but one in which even experts have differing takes, and politicians struggle with responses, even as they follow the medical recommendations, write political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Sensational day as Dutton goes down to virus

Coronavirus hits at the heart of Morrison's government, with Peter Dutton infected, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN

Will people be too worried to spend the cash splashed their way?

When a health crisis is the driver of an economic crisis, the uncertainties are multiplied, and people’s reactions are more difficult to predict, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

More than 6 million pensioners receive $750 handout

Cash handout of $750 for 6.5 million pensioners and others receiving government payments, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Chief Medical Officer says parts of Australia could be locked down

With eyes on Italy’s lockdown, could a single region of Australia be locked down? Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says "yes".

Religious Bill fails our secular society 

"The difficulty with the Religious Discrimination Bill (2019) is that it facilitates discrimination instead of facilitating inclusiveness and tolerance. It should be rejected," writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Scepticism greets the ‘major’ planning review

"Having intelligent and fact-based aspirations for your suburban area has become a qualification to be ignored by the Labor/Greens cabal of Ministers for Planning, Heritage, Environment and Urban Development as well as their remote Planning Directorate," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

How the ACT government hobbled low-income homebuyers

"Land prices for detached housing have exploded beyond the capacity of almost half the residents of the ACT to pay. You know who I mean, the people for whom the Labor Party came into being to represent, support and defend," writes JON STANHOPE.

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