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Blaming the Woodville pizza worker won't fix the problem

The punitive focus on a temporary graduate visa holder whose lie prompted SA’s lockdown doesn’t address that to survive without access to government benefits he held casual jobs – including at a medi-hotel. It’s no surprise that the shadowy economy he and hundreds of thousands of others inhabit is a factor in fighting the pandemic, argues Gemma Beale.

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Opinion

Testing the legality of lockdown

A Melbourne hotelier plans to challenge the Victorian government’s strict lockdown in the High Court. Luke Beck examines whether the Constitution protects freedom of movement.

Opinion

Budget a desperate appeal to spend and hire

The pandemic budget contains extraordinary measures to boost jobs, confidence and the economy. But hoping a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine will exist in a year is a gamble, writes Michelle Grattan.