The path to our new normal is changing rapidly. As life opens up for much of the country, our two most populated states are battling to contain a growing number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases. How long can we afford this stop-start scenario? Panellists: Sarah Henderson, Liberal Senator for Victoria; Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens; Margy Osmond, CEO of the Tourism and Transport Forum; Jodie McVernon, epidemiologist, Doherty Institute; L-Fresh the Lion (aka Sukhdeep Singh Bhogal) hip-hop artist from south-west Sydney; with a live cross to Michael Gunner, chief minister of the Northern Territory.
We go inside Victoria's intensive care units as they work around the clock to keep COVID-19 patients alive. Plus Dr Norman Swan looks at the spike in coronavirus cases in Victoria and NSW.
Four Corners brings you a remarkable film that acts as a forceful reminder of how quickly coronavirus COVID-19 can take off and spread. Presented by the Health Report's Dr Norman Swan, this film from PBS Frontline takes you into the heart of Italy's fight against the virus. One hospital in the thick of the pandemic, in the city of Cremona, allowed a camera in as the crisis was unfolding. The film follows the daily struggles of an inspirational doctor and her staff, as they battle to keep their patients alive. The program is a testament to the courage and hope of medical staff on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Enemy of the State When 21-year-old student Drew Pavlou organised his first-ever protest at his university campus in Brisbane, little could he have imagined the extraordinary chain of events he would set off. His criticism of China's record on human rights saw him bashed by pro-Beijing protestors and branded an enemy of the Chinese state. What's worse, he and his family were deluged with death threats in a disturbing campaign of intimidation designed to shut him up. You'd think the University of Queensland would race to the defence of its student, but it appears instead to have gone on the attack. The accusation that it has sided with the communist regime raises serious questions about its reliance on Chinese money and how deep Beijing's influence on campus goes. Fire and Ice Making fire from ice may sound like the impossible. But that's exactly what scientists have been able to do in the wilderness of the Arctic as a sleeping giant begins to stir. Ground that's been frozen for thousands of years is rapidly thawing out, releasing dangerous gases on a colossal scale. The result is not only wreaking chaos on local communities but has the potential to rapidly accelerate global warming. Just before the planes stopped flying, Sarah Abo travelled to spectacular Alaska to investigate this worrying new environmental threat that has profound implications for us all.
David Speers interviews ACTU president Michele O'Neil, and Mike Bowers talks pictures with Triple J political reporter Shalailah Medhora. On the panel are the Guardian's Katharine Murphy, Nine newspapers' David Crowe and the Herald Sun's Annika Smethurst to discuss coronavirus outbreaks and the debate over suppression or elimination strategy. Plus the latest employment figures and the Palace Letters.
As Melbourne enters its second week of lockdown there's no let up in sight, with Victoria recording its biggest tally of new cases. The Morrison government has announced a new skills package they've dubbed JobTrainer.
Be warned - Random Victorian Tests now underway on the border.
Business are worried about their chances of surviving a second COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne and beyond, if the virus spreads. Plus Dr Norman Swan talks about three new things we now know about the coronavirus.
President of the National Farmers' Federation Fiona Simson addresses the National Press Club on the topic: Get Australia Growing: Recovery Starts in the Bush.
Experts say an affair can be a sign things aren't right in a relationship. Some studies say infidelity is rarely about sex. Whatever the reason, an affair can have lasting impacts. Insight talks to couples who survived an affair, whose relationship ended and those impacted by their parents' infidelity.
Foreign Correspondent investigates North Korea's secret fishing fleets, exposing smuggling operations which make millions for leader Kim Jong-un. As they illegally fish further out to sea are they breaking UN sanctions?
Debate continues over whether schools are safe during the pandemic. More coronavirus COVID-19 cases linked to a south-west Sydney pub. Secret letters between Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace about Gough Whitlam's dismissal made public.
In a Q and A special, Hamish Macdonald is joined by former prime minister Julia Gillard as she reflects of her political career, experiences on the world stage and her passion for education, equality and mental health support.
Four Corners brings you a searing and profoundly moving story from special guest reporter Stan Grant in the wake of the shocking killing of unarmed black man George Floyd captured on camera in the US. In this deeply personal story, Stan Grant gives voice to the frustration and hurt that has defined the life experience of so many Indigenous Australians and explores why the death of George Floyd resonates so profoundly. In this confronting program, other Aboriginal Australians talk of their experiences with authority and government that have left them feeling like second class citizens.
New restrictions on international arrivals have panicked Australians still trying to get home. Dr Norman Swan asks should Australia switch to an elimination strategy. Questions about how useful the COVIDSafe app has been.
Super Splurge As important as everyone knows superannuation is, the mere mention of the word, particularly among younger generations, used to be a sure-fire guarantee of glazed eyes and stifled yawns. But workers around the country woke up when the financial hit of coronavirus COVID-19 led the government to announce retirement savings of tomorrow could be used to pay the bills of today. More than 2 million Australians have so far found salvation in their super by cashing in as much as $20,000 each. Of course, the money is desperately needed by many, but for others it seems to be an excuse to splurge. And as desirable as designer handbags, new cars and new boobs might be right now, are they really worth more than a comfortable old age? RIP Hong Kong Rest in peace Hong Kong. It might seem over the top to say it, but according to thousands of worried residents, the once thriving hub of Asia is now all but dead. They blame the heavy-handed tactics of the Chinese Communist Party for their city's demise. The Beijing regime has imposed a strict national security law which not only strips Hong Kong of its autonomy but also severely restricts democratic freedoms. Anyone breaking the law faces life imprisonment. The draconian takeover has been condemned around the world with countries including Australia warning its citizens to stay away from the troubled region. However, as Liam Bartlett reports, that's only strengthening the resolve of the increasingly belligerent Chinese leadership. Wrongs and Rights For victims of sexual assault, recovery is often long and torturous. But some women face even more trauma when they find out they are pregnant to their attacker. Every year in the US about 10,000 babies are born as a result of rape. In these situations, the natural assumption is that all compassion, as well as all legal rights, rest with the victim and her child. But as Liam Bartlett discovers, that's not the case in several states where outdated laws mean an increasing number of American rapists are legally applying for, and being granted, custody rights over these children. Thankfully though, there are courageous women fighting to change these crazy laws.
David Speers interviews acting immigration minister Alan Tudge, and Mike Bowers talks pictures with satirist Mark Humphries. On the panel are Guardian columnist Malcolm Farr, the Saturday Paper's Karen Middleton and Charles Sturt University's Stan Grant to discuss the lockdown of Greater Melbourne, checkpoints and borders, international arrivals cut by more than half, plus a change in policy on Hong Kong.
Melbourne is now under lockdown. They used to say cash is king, but not in the time of coronavirus COVID-19. Plus, Australia will extend the visas of some Hong Kong citizens already in Australia and provide a path to permanent residency.
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