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Tablet interactive: Coronavirus outbreak
New York state has recorded more than 100,000 infections; funding boost to CSIRO.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:17:01 GMT)

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 1 million, Australian death toll hits 28
If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:40:01 GMT)

Of old dogs, babies and birds: companions in a time of isolation
If you are to keep yourself at least halfway content in this strange isolation that has engulfed us, here are two books perfect for the times.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:05:00 GMT)

Geelong lab at heart of CSIRO's vaccine push gets a $230m boost
Government will spend $220m to upgrade the Geelong lab currently testing two vaccines for COVID-19, Science Minister Karen Andrews will announce Saturday.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:01:00 GMT)

'We will now see the benefits': Case increase slows as lockdown takes effect
Australia has potentially avoided following Italy or the US in coronavirus outbreaks, but some experts warn it is too soon to celebrate.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

Scott Morrison is a genuine Christian - of course he's going to pray
Let’s not scoff at prayer; millions are reaching to God and the good.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:20:03 GMT)

Our liberty and prosperity are in peril if COVID-19 triggers an arms race of compassion
Once the emergency is over, Australia's project must be the removal of wage subsidies, debt and restrictions on personal freedom.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

Beware what's happening under the cover of COVID
While we’ve been forced into inaction, our governments have taken the brakes off.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

NSW Health allowed cruise ship passengers to disembark despite test results pending
Leaked emails between NSW Health and the ship's senior doctor show arrangements had been made for 15 samples taken from sick passengers to be tested for COVID-19.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:40:01 GMT)

How rain is transforming landscapes and the emotions of rural people
When the rain came down in parts of outback Australia, spirits soared and frogs started singing.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:00:00 GMT)

Working like a dog: how pets are taking over home office spaces and social media
Many fortunate enough to work from home have their furry friends competing for desk space.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:53:00 GMT)

Good Weekend letters to the editor, April 4
Want to chat? We'd love to hear from you. Send your letters to [email protected]
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:40:00 GMT)

The Good Weekend Quiz: April 4
Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with this week's Good Weekend quiz
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:35:00 GMT)

Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, April 4
Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:05:01 GMT)

Quick change artists: company pivots from pop up stages to stand up desks
Two weeks ago Stagekings collapsed, and it laid off 23 people. It overcame the shock by making desks that have now got the company back in business.  
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:00:00 GMT)

Mercy flights: Thousands of stranded Australians to fly home
Qantas and Virgin will restart scheduled flights to Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and Auckland in a bid to assist Australians stuck overseas.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:28:01 GMT)

Mating flies found in huge cache of Australian amber
There's nothing fly-by-night about this discovery. Scientists have been given a rare glimpse into Australian life millions of years ago.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:36:01 GMT)

Don't worry about kids missing school, says university boss
Sydney University's vice-chancellor Michael Spence, a father of eight, says the education system is adaptable and teachers would get children back on track.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:10:01 GMT)

Please Explain podcast: the race for a vaccine
In today's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and Liam Mannix discuss the likelihood of finding a COVID-19 vaccine.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 04:30:00 GMT)

ABC voice of soccer saved by German U-boat commander
Martin Royal survived two wartime sinkings before becoming familiar nationwide through his news reading and sportscasts.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 03:18:02 GMT)

Coronavirus patient flags cracks in Australia's quarantine system
Erin Hughes had to demand a COVID-19 test but then just three days after a positive result the health department advised that her stretch of home isolation was over. It was a mistake.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 03:15:01 GMT)

The rise of vaccine hesitancy and the anti-vaxxer movement
Listen to Tim Elliott's piece on how Mullumbimby became the anti-vaxxer capital of Australia followed by a discussion with 'Good Weekend' editor Katrina Strickland, and health editor Kate Aubusson, about the long wait for a coronavirus vaccine.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:49:00 GMT)

'Give a bit': the people championing a little touch of kindness
A toilet paper fairy, an envelope stuffed with cash and hundreds of free meals. Although we've seen COVID-19 bring out the worst in people, it is also inspiring random acts of kindness across the globe.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:23:04 GMT)

Now the lucky country must decide: what is our least-worst option on COVID-19?
Australia has done well on coronavirus, but now it must decide between tough options - all involving deaths - and choosing that course needs to be a democratic process.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:30:01 GMT)

Are we still allowed to walk on the beach? Our readers aren’t sure
Readers were confused about whether a mother and daughter walking on a beach had breached social restrictions or not.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:06:01 GMT)

Laws created in a crisis are very rarely rolled back
When police are granted exceptional powers and laws are made by decree - not legislation - the bar on the rule of law is lowered.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:00:00 GMT)

'Disturbing growth' in long-term unemployment before virus hit: report
Amid a worsening economic crisis a new report says Australia has been underinvesting in programs that help people find work.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:01:02 GMT)

'You need both stories': WHO adviser calls for national coronavirus recovery tally
A national recovery tally is not being kept by the Department of Health. A WHO adviser says that information is sorely needed.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

Data, Doctor, the patient needs more data
Many lessons of coronavirus will emerge from what we did not know but could have - with better data.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

Behind our masks, we paramedics wear the strain of coronavirus
An author and paramedic describes his encounters with a pandemic that is much more likely to kill him than other men his age.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

CBD Melbourne: Sharma backs a government winner
Liberal MP Dave Sharma has long held a more expansive share portfolio than most of his Canberra peers.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:59:00 GMT)

World Health Organisation reviews face mask evidence
The WHO is re-evaluating evidence of the effectiveness of wearing face masks in public amid suggestions they may have helped contain outbreaks in some Asian countries.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:55:01 GMT)

Billions of face masks sent to China during Australian bushfire crisis
Employees of property developer Poly, among other state-owned enterprises were ordered to scour the world for medical equipment as Wuhan succumbed to coronavirus.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:30:00 GMT)

Target and superquiz, Friday, April 3
Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:00:00 GMT)

Under the democracy doona: rarely have bedfellows been stranger
In this strangest of times, the unlikeliest of allies are coming together for the greater good.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:47:03 GMT)

Australian dramatically rescued from stranded cruise tests positive for COVID-19
A man in his 60s who leapt for his life from a stranded cruise ship is now fighting for his life in a Uruguay hospital after testing positive to coronavirus.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:10:05 GMT)

How coronavirus turned peak hour into a Sunday morning drive
Traffic congestion throughout the country has plummeted as people heed calls to avoid unnecessary travel, with peak hour maps no longer a sea of flashing red.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:43:04 GMT)

Westmead Hospital radiation therapists positive for COVID-19
The positive tests have resulted in two cancer patients and roughly 20 radiation oncology staff going into quarantine.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:32:01 GMT)

Sydney banker suspected his company was 'being extorted', court told
A former head of Macquarie Private Bank raised concerns an Australian-based Chinese news outlet was "extorting" his company, a court heard.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:02:01 GMT)

High Court comes to swift judgment in George Pell case
The High Court will bring to an end in a matter of days the extraordinary case of George Pell.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:43:01 GMT)

Scramble for backyard chooks follows egg panic buying
Don't panic. "There are seven million commercial laying hens in NSW and every one of them is still laying an egg a day."
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 05:58:03 GMT)

Third cancer patient dies, seven more staff test positive after coronavirus outbreak at The Alfred
A third cancer patient has died at The Alfred in Melbourne after contracting coronavirus while undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital, in further fallout from the deadly outbreak in the oncology ward.
(Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:23:01 GMT)

Please Explain podcast: calm before the storm
In today's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and Kate Aubusson discuss whether our hospitals are equipped to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:30:00 GMT)

The law of the sea prevents us dispatching these hulking hotels off our coast
It is not as easy as telling the cruise ships off Australia that they must leave amid the coronavirus crisis - because they have rights under international law.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 02:56:01 GMT)

Fears of COVID-19's 'silent spread' in parts of Sydney as cases with unknown source rise
Experts warn that asymptomatic people could be causing a "silent spread" of COVID-19, with the source of local transmission not known for up to one-third of confirmed cases.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:43:05 GMT)

More alleged victims of George Pell to have abuse claims aired on ABC
Two men have told the ABC that they were sexually abused by George Pell when they were boys in 1970s, as the High Court says it will rule on the cardinal's appeal on Tuesday.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:51:02 GMT)

How conspiracy theories about COVID-19 went viral
Why do epidemics breed conspiracy theories? And what do scientists say?
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 03:44:03 GMT)

On coronavirus frontline, pharmacists face assault, abuse and threats
A pharmacist has been punched in the face while trying to stop a woman from hoarding tissues, while others have had stock thrown at them or copped death threats.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:56:02 GMT)

Childcare is on the ropes - and nurses and doctors can’t work without it
Childcare services are meeting a wall of Yes, Minister bureaucracy while they attempt to survive the blow of coronavirus.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

CBD Melbourne: AFL chiefs kick the crucial goal
Gillon McLachlan and the Australian Football League emerged as the envy of every sporting code after stitching up a $600 million financial lifeline with NAB and ANZ.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:59:00 GMT)

Profiting from a pandemic: former Chinese officer accused of huge COVID-19 mark-ups
An Australian company run by a former Chinese army officer allegedly charged three times the market rate for medical goods sent to China at the height of the epidemic.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:30:02 GMT)

Australians rally to adopt a healthcare worker
A Facebook page that encourages community members to adopt healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic has more than 21,000 members.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:50:02 GMT)

Cavalry on alert as retired doctors, nurses and students set to join the fight against virus
The medical watchdog will mobilise more than 40,000 retired doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists to get them back into the healthcare system to join the coronavirus resistance.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:22:02 GMT)

Target and superquiz, Thursday, April 2
Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:00:00 GMT)

Building bridges: business and government respond to secure medical supplies
Flights loaded with medical equipment urgently needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic are set to depart China for Australia this week.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:53:01 GMT)

Doctors warn of deadly coronavirus risks for refugees, guests at Melbourne hotel
A group of refugees and asylum seekers medically evacuated from Manus Island say they are terrified of contracting the deadly coronavirus while being held in cramped facilities in a Melbourne motel.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:06:01 GMT)

Australian universities start wiping fail grades as students plea for amnesty
The University of NSW, La Trobe and Swinburne will exclude failed units of study from students' academic transcripts and average score calculations.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:41:04 GMT)

Please Explain podcast: enforcing movement restrictions
In today's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and Sally Rawthsorne talk through the new restrictions on public movement and how they'll be enforced.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:39:01 GMT)

Sydney banker sues Chinese news outlet over 'Ponzi scheme' claims
The former head of Macquarie's private bank says an Australian-based Chinese news outlet defamed him after his company refused to "sponsor" the media company.
(Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:26:01 GMT)

When 200,000 dead Americans amounts to a 'very good job': Trump's morbidity marker
A little over a month ago the US President was saying of the coronavirus, "it’s like a miracle – it will disappear”. Now he's saying 100,000 or 200,000 dead Americans will amount to "a very good job".
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:11:01 GMT)

Huge falls on Australia's toll roads amid COVID-19 crisis
Sydneysiders are increasingly heeding health advice and staying home, toll road revenue shows.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 02:13:05 GMT)

Veterinarian was as 'rare and exotic' as her patients
The cats of local Sheiks and princesses were desexed on the kitchen table by Dr Michele Margaret Cotton.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 02:09:04 GMT)

Australian universities competing rather than collaborating in race to find COVID-19 vaccines
Prominent researchers are calling for a national COVID-19 research strategy as the number of clinical trials of COVID drugs and vaccines explodes.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:32:01 GMT)

Blackie ‘brought great honour to The Age’
Ray Blackbourn was a classy photographer at The Age for 30 years and picture editor for another 17. He was a gentleman, empathetic, protective and generous. As a leader and mentor, he made many of Australia’s finest photographers in his own image.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 01:55:03 GMT)

COVID-19 threatens to cause a debt nightmare we can't wake from
No economy can afford to buy all the economic toilet paper in the supermarket.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

Lockdown in London is surprisingly aerobic
Exercising while trying to keep two metres away from 8 million Londoners means ducking and darting with the dexterity of a special branch operative.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

I helped prepare Australia's pandemic plan and so far it's unfolding reasonably well
Despite some of the mistakes, Australia's government remains one of the best prepared in the world.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

CBD Melbourne: Demand for spinners up, up and away
Here’s something we didn’t predict out of the pandemic - more work for lobbyists. So while the airlines have been standing down staff, they’ve also been putting on spinners.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:59:00 GMT)

Former Chinese military man behind export of tonnes of medical supplies
Sydney-based Kuang Yuanping, a former PLA officer with links to Chinese foreign influence operations, has been exporting - and importing - medical equipment.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 21:57:02 GMT)

Target and superquiz, Wednesday, April 1
Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:30:00 GMT)

Sobering reality of how we pay for what's on 'the other side'
The size of the economic packages is gobsmacking but underlines the severity of the coronavirus crisis. What awaits us once the crisis has passed is far from clear.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:35:01 GMT)

'Australia has decided we are collateral damage and not worth the effort'
While most cruise passengers have been repatriated, hundreds are still adrift with no prospect of returning home to Australia.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:29:02 GMT)

Ask the experts: Should we be testing more people for COVID-19?
A global biosecurity expert says people without symptoms of COVID-19 in high-risk groups should also be tested.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:51:01 GMT)

Jigsaw puzzles: The missing piece in a lockdown
Jigsaw puzzle sales have never been better, and the Prime Minister's endorsement of them as essential to his family gave sales another boost.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:13:03 GMT)

Isolation, unsupervised internet a 'perfect storm' for cyber prowlers
Parents and young people are being warned to watch out for 'the randoms' and beware of paedophiles lurking on popular social media apps.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:16:01 GMT)

Working parents at 'breaking point' supervising home lessons
Parents trying to hold down vulnerable jobs and supervise their children's home lessons say they've been handed an impossible task.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:47:01 GMT)

Families grapple with co-parenting orders amid coronavirus crisis
Separated parents are facing a raft of issues, including whether they can take their children across state borders to see a parent living interstate.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:03:01 GMT)

It's certain COVID-19 will change everything but this needs to change most of all
Locked in our homes we will have time to contemplate the idiocy of outsourcing vital manufacturing.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 05:00:00 GMT)

Please Explain podcast: $130 billion economic lifeline
In today's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and chief political correspondent David Crowe discuss the federal government's evolving response to the coronavirus.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:30:00 GMT)

NZ's coronavirus modelling offers clues to Australia's confidential plans
The mathematical models expose the bleak consequences of a lack of early action to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:47:01 GMT)

From Hawke adviser to respected District Court judge
Blanche D’Alpuget summarised Bob as “the very able Bob Sorby”.
(Wed, 01 Apr 2020 05:39:03 GMT)

This game helps scientists design COVID drugs. They want you to play
Scientists hope to find coronavirus cure by getting users to solve 3D puzzles fitting complex proteins together in a cross between 3D Tetris and Minecraft.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 02:24:01 GMT)

Trial aborted after barrister withdrew from case over COVID-19 concerns
The state's top court has discharged the jury in a District Court drug trial after the accused's barrister withdrew from the case over coronavirus concerns.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:25:01 GMT)

Empty theatres, drafting physios: the plan to quadruple NSW's COVID-19 ICU capacity
And if that's not enough, we could see field hospitals on showgrounds and now-empty sporting facilities.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 05:14:05 GMT)

Liquor stores impose booze limit from start of trade
Major alcohol retailers including Liquorland, BWS, Vintage Cellars, Dan Murphy’s and Aldi will enforce the limits as stock levels recover following coronavirus panic buying.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:34:01 GMT)

One controversial aspect of Trump's response to COVID-19 is right
Democratic nations need to maintain awareness of how China’s authoritarian system let the pandemic slip.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:21:03 GMT)

Early flu shots a 'risk worth taking'
Australians are being urged to visit the GP for their influenza vaccine because the nation cannot afford a second health crisis.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:00:03 GMT)

'Don’t get too excited' about flattening COVID-19 curve, experts warn
Can Australians be excused for thinking we won’t be hit as badly by the coronavirus as other parts of the world? The short answer is "not just yet".
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 22:12:01 GMT)

A learning revolution in the classroom? I don't think so
Nothing about what we are doing currently is as good as what we were doing a few weeks ago.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

An economic hurricane is hurtling towards the South Pacific
Fiji will lose about a quarter of all jobs in the country, and Vanuatu will suffer even worse.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

I'm an unemployed sex worker - applying for a job at Woolies won't be easy
Explaining a gap in your CV to a middle manager at Woolies is a daunting prospect.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT)

CBD Melbourne: Isolation a real Downer
Stuck back in South Australia for the foreseeable future, Alexander Downer has found his own way to self-isolate.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 03:46:01 GMT)

'Kill the ATAR': Call to cancel exams amid coronavirus outbreak and as unscored VCE gains ground
Almost 4000 Victorian students graduated with an unscored VCE last year and educators are calling for the university ranking system to be dumped due to COVID-19.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:30:00 GMT)

Target and superquiz, Tuesday, March 31
Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:00 GMT)

This crisis requires us all to do the right thing
It is now over to each person to make the right decisions about social distancing. The rules are clear.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:11:01 GMT)

The online learning novelty is already wearing off, warn principals
Remote learning is a necessary stopgap but it should not become the new normal, warn principals.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:26:03 GMT)

Victoria enters 'new normal' in pandemic response
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signalled a step-change in our pandemic policy response.
(Tue, 31 Mar 2020 02:08:01 GMT)

Please Explain podcast: retail sector on the brink of collapse
In today's episode of Please Explain, Dominic Powell and Tory Maguire reflect on the impact of the coronavirus on Australia's retail sector.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:04:01 GMT)

The scariest part about the coronavirus pandemic is speed
One of the most frightening aspects of the pandemic is the speed with which the implausible becomes normal, and the speed with which our assumptions are overturned.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:30:03 GMT)

Sherlock Holmes of family tree research
During a public debate about the 1701 Act of Settlement, Peskett said that without the act, the current heir to the British throne would be a divorced dog breeder and photographer living in Rome.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2020 01:05:01 GMT)