Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.
An open letter from lawyers and legal scholars and organisations calling on the Australian government to support the temporary TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organisation
From safe within their national borders, Australians watch the calamity unfold on their screens – terror stricken families trying to save dying loved ones as the subcontinent’s hospital system collapses – desperately crowdsourcing medicine and oxygen cylinders.
Esther Rockett, the co-founder of the Stranded Aussies Action Network, writes on the Government’s failure to guarantee the right to return to one’s home country for Australia’s abroad during the pandemic.
Facebook tried to use Australia as a warning to the rest of the world about what happens when you try to regulate them. Instead, they have shown that they are no longer the friendly social network and will go to great lengths to get their way.
This sidelining of human rights makes it easier to subordinate human rights as less important than economic interests, writes Lee Carnie.
Simon Katterl takes us inside a public mental health hospital where it’s a daily battle for power and control.
Australia’s public health response to COVID-19 demonstrates a double standard that blatantly disregards refugees and asylum seekers’ fundamental right to health.
After a huge campaign to encourage every smartphone user in Australia to install and use the ‘COVIDSafe’ app, the effectiveness of the app has been negligible. But the impact of the app is much more significant, writes David Paris.
It is clear, now more than ever, that the Federal Government’s policy approach towards unemployment benefits — as a social good and a human right — warrants public scrutiny.