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Victoria yet to offer NSW contact-tracing help as local case numbers fall

Victoria yet to offer NSW contact-tracing help as local case numbers fall

NSW recorded 170 cases on Friday and Victoria, just three.

  • by Annika Smethurst

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‘Exhausted’ Victorian teachers move on industrial action as wage negotiations stall
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‘Exhausted’ Victorian teachers move on industrial action as wage negotiations stall

The union representing state school teachers and principals wants a 7 per cent pay rise a year and is preparing for action that could lead to a statewide strike not seen since 2012.

  • by Michael Fowler
O’Brien appoints new chief of staff amid leadership rumblings

O’Brien appoints new chief of staff amid leadership rumblings

Campbell Newman’s former press secretary has been appointed opposition leader Michael O’Brien’s chief of staff.

  • by Annika Smethurst
Blaming individuals for spreading COVID lets government off the hook

Blaming individuals for spreading COVID lets government off the hook

Finding scapegoats may bring us together but it doesn’t deal with structural problems or government inaction that allow this virus to spread.

  • by Annika Smethurst
Big Build swells: Andrews adds $2.5b, five new stations and 10 level crossing removals

Big Build swells: Andrews adds $2.5b, five new stations and 10 level crossing removals

The Victorian government has plunged another $2.5b into major works concentrated in Melbourne’s east and south-east, including sky rail-style rail bridges at several locations.

  • by Michael Fowler
From the Archives, 1951: Compulsory chest X-rays to combat the spread of TB in Victoria

From the Archives, 1951: Compulsory chest X-rays to combat the spread of TB in Victoria

Seventy years ago Australia was facing a public health crisis - tuberculosis (TB). The contagious bacterial disease was spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released into the air when someone with the untreated, active form of tuberculosis coughed, spoke, sneezed, laughed or sang and it especially affected the lungs. In 1951 about three people in 1000 suffered from T.B. in Australia. In Victoria, legislation enacted at the end of 1951 allowed health authorities to require specified groups or persons in an occupational or geographic area to undergo an x-ray but mass screening generally remained voluntary. By the end of the 1950s Australia had almost defeated T.B.

  • by Staff writer
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Post-lockdown rules, Victorians know them inside out

Post-lockdown rules, Victorians know them inside out

Victorians are again navigating the granular details of post-lockdown restrictions that look slightly different every time the state edges back towards normality.

  • by Michael Fowler and Melissa Cunningham
Rental relief for businesses, hardship fund for landlords in new $400m support package

Rental relief for businesses, hardship fund for landlords in new $400m support package

Thousands of hard-pressed Victorian businesses will receive rental relief and the state’s workers are now eligible for payments of up to $750 a week in any future lockdowns.

  • by Noel Towell and David Estcourt
When going ‘back to school’ means freedom and friendship

When going ‘back to school’ means freedom and friendship

It wasn’t until this year when we went into the third, fourth and fifth lockdowns that I realised how much we missed when we were being taught remotely.

  • by Ahelee Rahman
Delta lockdown strategy a success, but is it sustainable?

Delta lockdown strategy a success, but is it sustainable?

If suppressing COVID-19 was an Olympic sport, Victoria would be bringing home gold. But going hard and going early comes at a cost.

  • by Annika Smethurst
‘Corruption’ can thrive in a space where weak regulation is parked

‘Corruption’ can thrive in a space where weak regulation is parked

The chain of decision making on two federal grants scandals goes deep into Scott Morrison’s own office. Will it cost him?

  • by Jon Faine