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The end of Covid restrictions_Final_FinalFinal
All over the world countries are winding back, and in some cases completely removing, their pandemic restrictions and Australia is following suit. But there’s debate over whether these changes are based on public health, political pressure or business lobbying. Today, journalist Hannah Ryan on the global easing of pandemic restrictions despite ongoing concern over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The trial of Zachary Rolfe
In 2019, police constable Zachary Rolfe shot a 19-year-old Walpiri man Kumanjayi Walker in a remote community in the Northern Territory. Last week, the murder trial for that shooting began, and if he’s found guilty, Zachary Rolfe will be the first police officer in Australia ever convicted of killing an Aboriginal person in custody. Today, Hannah Ryan, on what it was like covering this historic trial from Northern Territory.
The dark money funding politics
Every year millions of dollars flows into the bank accounts of Australia's political parties - from individuals, businesses and unions. But loopholes and weak federal election laws mean that the source of more than half of the money political parties receive remains a mystery. Today, Hannah Ryan on what these mystery donations mean for the way our democracy works.
What going back to school actually looks like
After two years of disrupted learning, students across the country are finally heading back to school. But the decision to reopen schools right now, in the middle of the Omicron wave, has been fraught and divisive. Today, journalist Hannah Ryan on the debate over when, and how, to return to in-class learning, and what going back to school actually looks like.
Inside Australia’s postal service crisis
Over the past few months, Australians ordering goods online have been waiting longer than ever for their packages to arrive. So what is going wrong at Australia Post? Today, Hannah Ryan, on what these delays tell us about the vulnerability in Australia Posts’ business model.
Everything you need to know about NSW's new Premier
On Tuesday, Dominic Perrottet won the support of his Liberal Party colleagues to become the 46th Premier of NSW. But he’s already facing criticism for his socially conservative views on issues ranging from abortion to voluntary euthanasia. Today, Hannah Ryan on Dominic Perrottet’s life and career so far and what kind of leader he will be.
Can Australia actually reach its vaccination goal?
Australia is steadily marching towards the magic number of 80 percent of the eligible population being fully vaccinated. But given how few countries have reached that target so far, even with a significant head start, how likely are we to actually get vaccination coverage that high? Today, Hannah Ryan on whether Australia can reach 80 percent, and what might happen even if we get there.
What happens after we're vaccinated?
From this week residents in NSW, who have been locked down for nearly three months, will finally be able to leave their homes. But the new freedoms are contingent on one important factor: their vaccination status. Today, Hannah Ryan on the plan to provide freedoms only to fully vaccinated, and what that means for the next phase of the pandemic.
What we can learn from the world’s reopening
As our political leaders fight over the proposed national plan to re-open the country, health experts are imploring us to learn from the experiences of places like the UK and Israel. But, there is another country whose reopening could prove to be a much better blueprint for Australia. Today, Hannah Ryan on what we can learn from the ongoing global experiment.