Steven Caruana

COVID-19: Prisons and human rights in the time of COVID-19

Thursday, 14 May 2020

COVID-19: Civil liberties and the role of the state

Prisons and human rights in the time of COVID-19

Steven Caruana


Steven Caruana highlights that strategies to prevent a further spread of COVID-19 have to extend to the prison population – a part of our community that is already vulnerable to mental and other health impacts – while ensuring this is done with respect for human rights and dignity.

Katie Attwell

COVID-19: Mandatory vaccination and COVID-19

Thursday, 14 May 2020

COVID-19: Civil liberties and the role of the state

Mandatory vaccination and COVID-19

Katie Attwell


As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine continues and much hope is placed in it to return our lives back to normalcy, Katie Attwell discusses balancing civil liberties and compulsory vaccinations and the role of public trust in ensuring sufficient coverage across the community.

Paul Flatau

COVID-19: Responding to the homelessness impacts of COVID-19

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

COVID-19: Protecting the vulnerable

Responding to the homelessness impacts of COVID-19

Paul Flatau


Paul Flatau highlights the distinct vulnerabilities of people living in or immediately facing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis and which policy responses are needed to address them. 

David Lewzey

COVID-19: Known unknowns: Scaling up UK contact tracing in a crisis

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

COVID-19: Protecting the vulnerable

Known unknowns: scaling up UK contact tracing in a crisis

David Lewzey


As Australia rolls out its COVIDSafe app, it is worthwhile looking to other jurisdictions and their successes and shortcomings in effectively protecting the vulnerable in the pandemic through contact tracing. David Lewzey sheds light on the UK experience and what can be learned from the timing and effectiveness of its investments in its contact tracing infrastructure. 

Iliana Magiati and Jac den Houting

COVID-19: Autistic people and their families should not be left behind during (or after) the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

COVID-19: Protecting the vulnerable

Autistic people and their families should not be left behind during (or after) the COVID-19 pandemic

Iliana Magiati and Jac den Houting


Iliana Magiati and Jac den Houting discuss some of the specific challenges autistic people and their families may experience during COVID-19. They explain what is currently being done, what else could be done, and what lessons we can learn to ensure that autistic people survive and thrive during this critical period and beyond.

Lies Notebaert

COVID-19: The psychology of panic buying

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID-19: The politics of economics and adjustment

The psychology of panic buying

Lies Notebaert


COVID-19 has affected virtually every aspect of the economy, including consumer behaviour. In times of crisis purchases are guided by very different considerations than in the absence of a sense of emergency. Lies Notebaert helps us understand the psychological processes that underpin phenomena like bulk-buying and hoarding, and what can be done to prevent them and associated problems.

Alison Preston

COVID-19: COVID-19 and the importance of financial literacy

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID-19: The politics of economics and adjustment

COVID-19 and the importance of financial literacy

Alison Preston


The economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are palpable for all of us. But how we cope with additional financial pressures as individuals depends on how well we understand the dynamics of debt accumulation, risk diversification and other financial concepts. Alison Preston explains how pre-existing low levels of financial literacy among the Australian population exacerbate the risk certain groups are exposed to and what can be done about it. 

Anu Rammohan

COVID-19: The economic and health challenges facing Indonesia from COVID-19

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID-19: The politics of economics and adjustment

The economic and health challenges facing Indonesia from COVID-19

Anu Rammohan and Achmad Tohari


Anu Rammohan and Achmad Tohari dissect the unique challenges Indonesia is facing in the fight against COVID-19, highlighting pre-existing vulnerabilities in the health sector of the country as well as likely outcomes for its economy resulting from the pandemic’s impact.

Andrew Timming

COVID-19: Bring manufacturing back!

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID-19: The politics of economics and adjustment

Bring manufacturing back!

Andrew Timming


Andrew Timming invites us to reconsider the value that manufacturing brings to our economy and why the current COVID-19-induced economic instability is a good catalyst for its revival.

Rory Watts

COVID-19: Sustainable pandemic workforces and changing job demand

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID-19: The politics of economics and adjustment

Sustainable pandemic workforces and changing job demand

Rory Watts


Rory Watts explores the relationship between COVID-19, changing job demand, and the importance of sustaining a pandemic workforce.