IN FOCUS: CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving, with concern growing as the global infection count and death toll climb. The virus has put health systems under pressure, first in China, and now in a growing list of countries. In our globalised world, the virus is a reminder that we all have an interest in ensuring health systems around the world are strong.

While the emergence of COVID-19 is a public health issue, the flow-on effects are being felt far beyond the world’s hospitals. The virus has had a relatively small impact on the health of Australians so far, but the country’s economy is taking a hit. From large sectors like tourism and higher education, to small family businesses, many are struggling to deal with the fallout from the virus.

In this new Policy Forum In Focus section, experts from Australia and its region examine the impact of the virus on public health systems, the economy, international relations, domestic politics, and beyond. We hope you find the pieces valuable, and we invite you to join the conversation.

Essentials:

Podcasts:

Coping in isolation – Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Strategic shifts, polarised policy, and mixed messages

Andrew Leigh on coronanomics

Articles:

Public messaging, trust and COVID-19: some pointers for policymakers

Simple steps to reduce the odds of a global catastrophe

IN FOCUS: CORONAVIRUS

 
 

Riled Britannia with Bevan Shields and Elizabeth Ames

Bevan Shields
Elizabeth Ames
Mark Kenny

Government and governance | Australia

 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new month-long lockdown as the country grapples with high COVID-19 infection rates and a stretched National Health Service. But will the British people and its politicians – so compliant and supportive of the threat first time around – be as willing to back the new measures? Mark Kenny talks to Democracy Sausage UK regulars Elizabeth Ames and Bevan Shields.

52 minute listen

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Democracy Sausage: COVID-19 and climate change lessons

Mark Howden
Arnagretta Hunter
Marija Taflaga
Mark Kenny

Environment & energy | Australia

 

The bushfire royal commission report released last week put climate change at the front and centre of its analysis, if not its recommendations. But as Australia has achieved such success in using scientific advice to respond to COVID-19, can it also start following the advice of scientists on tackling climate change? Mark Kenny is joined by Arnagretta Hunter, Mark Howden, and Marija Taflaga to talk bushfires, state vs federal responses, and the roadmap for addressing climate risk.

53 minute listen

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Democracy Sausage: How to miss an open goal

Helen Sullivan
Robert Breunig
Marija Taflaga
Mark Kenny

Economics and finance | Australia

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has given the government the chance to reshape the economy. But by slipping on the hi-vis of infrastructure spending and ‘real jobs’, has the government missed a golden opportunity? Mark Kenny talks tax, ‘credible’ women, and class-based values and priorities with Helen Sullivan, Robert Breunig, and Marija Taflaga.

49 minute listen

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