When political points trump the public’s health

"There are questions voters need to ask themselves going into the ACT election: who will prioritise health and life? Who will provide leadership in resilience, tenacity, dynamism, agility and social consciousness?" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Labor to boost walk-in clinics’ services

WALK-in healthcare centres will treat a wider range of injuries and illnesses if Labor is re-elected next month.

Kids wait years, but it’s not the Health Minister’s fault

"Is this really the sort of society you are happy to be part of? A society where a child’s access to life-defining health care is dependent on their ability to pay for it," writes Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Service CEO JULIE TONGS. 

When the covid jab comes, who goes first?

"Having a vaccine available in the US and not available in Australia will put pressure on the Australian government. Public health is political and the race for a vaccine has intensified the politics," writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Hospital beds lost as Labor dumps health plan

"At the end of 2018-19, there were 132 public hospital beds fewer than the number projected in the ACT Health Capital Asset Development plan of 2008 as the minimum required to meet the needs of the ACT community," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

ACT cuts deliver longest surgery waits in Australia

"The backlog in elective surgery has very little to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and almost everything to do with savage cuts to the ACT health budget by the ALP and the Greens over the last six years," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

What are the long-term symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 may leave a long-lasting impression on its victims – not just the most severely affected or the elderly and frail, writes respiratory virus infection expert PETER WARK.

Big Tobacco cops another big kick in the teeth

"In the US, Canada and the UK, electronic cigarette use is unregulated and widespread. They are extensively glamourised through social media resulting in an epidemic of young people using them," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Canberra’s not immune to enemy of complacency

"Crowded pubs, close lines of people, casual attitudes in shops and recreation areas are all testament to complacent attitudes to the pandemic; the very things that will bring COVID-19 back to Canberra," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Failed politics bring on pandemic blame games

"The US is well experienced at blaming others when it comes to the spread of disease. There is significant evidence, for example, that the 1918-19 so-called Spanish flu originated in Kansas," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Has Australia become too dependent on China?

Yes, we're too dependent on China, but changing that is easier said than done, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

How good was the ‘Lucky Country’ in the crisis?

"While Australia is at risk of the corrupting influence of political donations, the Prime Minister has been very clear that the back-to-work approach will give priority to the best health advice available," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE. 

Tracing app takes to the streets with optimism

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy predicts more than 50 per cent take-up of COVID tracing app, reports MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Thanks to the ‘invisible’ people keeping us safe

"In addition to healthcare workers, we need to thank the myriad of public servants and other workers who also play a key role in ensuring we get through this pandemic," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Why should the young be paying the coronavirus bill?

Intergenerational fairness puts a COVID-19 obligation on older people, says MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Australia’s coronavirus debate turns to the way out

"Remember how last year’s Easter felt bizarre because the country was in election mode? How normal that seems, now everything is surreal, with the nation 'holidaying' in this peculiar, unpleasant limbo, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

For heaven’s sake, it’s quarantine, not prison

"Listening to whingers complain about hotel rooms and the food delivered for them gets up my nose. And drawing a prison comparison is hyperbole. Anyone who has been in a prison must have been cringing at such a ludicrous comparison," writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Virus crisis rips hard-right philosophy to shreds

"The nation is underprepared to deal most effectively with the current challenges. Spending on prevention is like an insurance policy: it is difficult to see the value unless there is a disaster," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE. 

To get control, it’s time to test people without symptoms

To get on top of the coronavirus, we also need to test people without symptoms, says Prof RAINA MacINTYRE

Virus crisis / Hotel quarantine greets homecomers

Hotel quarantine for returning Aussies and 'hibernation' assistance for businesses is the latest in the COVID:19 battle reports MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

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