The calculation error in COVID-19 projections made by the Peter Doherty Institute, and incorporated into the National Cabinet response, was preventable and foreseeable.
It’s time that the cost benefit analyses and other modelling being used by Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young are made public, and the circle of advisors and decision-makers broadened.
If the measures we take to combat a pandemic reduce economic well-being too much in an effort to protect some citizens from the disease, it will damage the health of other citizens by destroying their livelihoods or prospects.
If you agree with this letter signed by 30 prominent Australian academics, intellectuals and business people, please add your signature.
The state government can find $200 million for the rescue a 90% foreign-owned airline like Virgin, but is happy to throw Queensland investors under a bus.
In the last federal election Labor lost in large part because of their proposed taxes on negative gearing and dividends. This proposal is even more unjust.
Modelling by the Australian Institute for Progress shows that homeowning Australians have a financial buffer in the equity in their house that they can safely use to tide over the short-term interruption caused by COVID-19.