Governments are curtailing personal liberties and human rights as part of a greater goal of protecting lives during a pandemic. While most measures have community support, authorities must not consider human rights as options, argues Sarah Joseph.
Victoria has announced nine more deaths from coronavirus, as the state comes to grips with an extended stage four lockdown for Melbourne.
The Victorian government has secured the support of three crossbenchers to extend its current state of emergency by six months.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has warned Victoria faces up to 400,000 job losses as a result of harsh coronavirus restrictions, pushing the unofficial national jobless rate to about 13 per cent.