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Hands-off ministers must face consequences

Hands-off ministers must face consequences

The parade of senior ministers who fronted the hotel quarantine inquiry this week showed a glaring lack of mastery over decision-making within their departments.

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Extended detention powers are a bridge too far
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Coronavirus pandemic

Extended detention powers are a bridge too far

Planned legal changes that could dramatically increase the number of state officials with the authority to detain people considered a high risk of negligently spreading COVID-19 have rightly caused consternation.

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Budget can be used to counter fall in the fertility rate
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Population

Budget can be used to counter fall in the fertility rate

Economic stimulus should be targeted at young families rather than high-income earners.

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Political row over Supreme Court a key moment for the US
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US Supreme Court

Political row over Supreme Court a key moment for the US

President Donald Trump's determination to fill the court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg puts him within reach of enshrining change that would endure long past his days as President.

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Aged care funding must be tied to higher standards and transparency
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Aged care

Aged care funding must be tied to higher standards and transparency

It is already clear that,without reform increasing government subsidies is a recipe for wasting money.

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Vigilance and caution needed to stay ahead of the global curve
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Coronavirus pandemic

Vigilance and caution needed to stay ahead of the global curve

For many countries, the only way forward is to live with large numbers of outbreaks.

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Collective will is vital for Victoria's revival
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Coronavirus pandemic

Collective will is vital for Victoria's revival

While infrastructure projects will be important, the need to support the individuals and institutions that burnish the state's reputation will be essential.

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Bureaucrats need to be held to account over hotel quarantine
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Coronavirus pandemic

Bureaucrats need to be held to account over hotel quarantine

The buck stops with the Premier, but many others who oversaw the botched operation also need to take responsibility.

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Strain in our relationship with US is as big a problem as China's rise
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US votes 2020

Strain in our relationship with US is as big a problem as China's rise

The confusion in US politics cannot be ignored. Australia should consider hedging its bets by broadening our ties with like-minded nations.

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Welcome easing of restrictions offers whole of Victoria hope
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Coronavirus pandemic

Welcome easing of restrictions offers whole of Victoria hope

If the regions can flourish without outbreaks, Melbourne will be better placed to escape its chains.

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Lockdown frustrations not over, but there is hope
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Coronavirus pandemic

Lockdown frustrations not over, but there is hope

Police would do well to offer some leniency as we come out of lockdown, as they did when we entered it.

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