As COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift and borders begin to reopen, emergency payments and increased benefits introduced to mitigate economic and social damage are about to be wound back. Besides the economic impact, a return to pre-pandemic welfare income will plunge many back into poverty, argues Catherine Earl.
The Adelaide-based Australian Space Agency needs a shake-up after bureaucratic inertia put obstacles in the way of Saturday’s historic satellite launch, argues Rex Patrick.
Today, readers comment on impending cuts to JobKeeper payments, a Liberal minister’s assertion that only the centre-right can deliver action on climate change, and a South Australian company’s move to launch what it says is the world’s first bacteria-killing smart light.
Ignoring ideological symbolism and gestures to focus on real, practical measures in environmental and climate change policy is the only way forward, argues state environment minister David Speirs.