Non-essential businesses forced to close in Melbourne

Premier Daniel Andrews estimated 250,000 more workers would be stood down as a result of his government’s measures, which run for six weeks, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Disaster: Victoria moves into a ‘harsher’, longer lockdown

The Victorian lockdown has not just become drastically harsher - it is now due to run through until September 13, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

COVID-19 comes out on top after a bleak week

Scott Morrison says of the war against COVID-19: “On some days the virus wins. On other days we beat it.” This week, the virus was counting its victories most days, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Aged care crisis reflects a broken system

The aged care system is simply not fit for purpose in normal times and so was inevitably destined to fail when under this sort of extreme pressure, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Are the dire budget numbers a prelude to something scarier?

Frydenberg describes the numbers, including a projected deficit this financial year of $184.4 billion, as “eye-watering”, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Budget deficit to hit $184.5 billion this financial year

Budget deficit to hit $184.5 billion this financial year, unemployment to peak at 9.25 per cent in December, according to the government's economic statement. Political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN has the story... 

Victorian COVID crisis will hurt national growth

Victorian COVID crisis to deliver $3.3 billion hit to nation's growth in September quarter, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

JobKeeper revised: What’s changed?

The big change to JobKeeper will be a move to rolling eligibility. The original scheme was a one-shot game, writes STEVEN HAMILTON. 

New research: Government trust is high

Australians are now exhibiting much higher levels of political trust in federal government, and the Australian public service, writes MARK EVANS.

Government to announce revamped wage subsidy

Thursday’s statement is being framed when it is unclear whether Victoria, under a new shutdown, will get on top of its second wave, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Letters revive the debate around ‘that dramatic day’

Palace letters make great reading but leave a republic as far away as ever, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Multi-billion dollar package supports training and apprenticeships

Government announces $2.5 billion package to support training and apprenticeships, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Caged people in search of ‘safety and hope…’

"Seven years on and asylum seekers taken by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru and dumped there following the Labor government's announcement are still there and are still in detention," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Second virus crisis: Should we start talking elimination?

Nationally, the suppression versus elimination debate is one that we’ve never properly had. Maybe it’s time we did, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Proposal could slow Australians coming back from overseas

Scott Morrison will take a proposal to Friday’s national cabinet to slow arrivals of Australians returning from overseas, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Melbourne heads back into a strict lockdown

Under the restrictions, people will only be able to leave their home to shop for essential goods and services, for care and compassionate reasons, exercise, and for work and study if it cannot be conducted from home, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Morrison government forced to budge on borders

Morrison said they had agreed “now is the time for Victoria to isolate itself from the rest of the country. What’s different here [is] this isn’t other states closing their borders to Victoria”, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Eden-Monaro’s result pales next to Victoria’s COVID crisis

Anthony Albanese is set to struggle over the line in the Labor seat, courtesy of preferences including from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, unlikely bedfellows who, being on the top of the ballot paper, got the “donkey” vote, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Saturday’s byelection is vital for Albanese’s leadership

Saturday is crucial for Albanese but July 23 is more important for Morrison, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Eden-Monaro voters want an empathetic pandemic recovery

More surprising, almost all participants were willing to pay more tax to assist the economic and social recovery effort, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

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