Warehousing the elderly during COVID-19 must be challenged
Opinion
This pandemic has seen individuals and organisations reorganise day-to-day activities in a different way. Some have risen to the challenge – think cafes that have turned into takeaway venues overnight – while others have taken the opportunity to resort to the bad old days. While the pandemic has thrown a curveball at aged care providers, some have not risen to...
Is professional sport worth watching without crowds in attendance?
Sport
Major sport is about to resume in Australia in front of empty stadiums. Do we need cardboard cut-outs of fans and piped noise to provide atmosphere? As the Raiders run out onto the field in Melbourne to play the Storm on Saturday night there will be one vital ingredient missing which makes sport at this level so compelling: a crowd....
A four-day week and other ways we can capitalise on what we’ve learnt from isolation
Opinion
Life is starting to swing back towards normal following our COVID-19 isolation. Some of these changes I'm thrilled to meet again, such as watching my daughter happily slurp on her first hot chocolate in a cafe for a while, cosy fireside dinners with friends, and seeing how productive I am at work when both kids are out of the house. As...
The NRL might just pull this off, proving most of us naysayers wrong
Sport
During the Super League war in the mid-90s in Canberra, uncertainty over the future of the code in our city was very real in the minds of supporters. As we raced from one meeting location to another, from Canberra to Queanbeyan to the airport, just trying to get a handle on the eventual outcome was just about impossible given the...
Eden Monaro by-election will be decided by local voters, not the games on the Hill
Opinion
It can be a mixed blessing for regional areas when suddenly, unexpectedly, the nation's eyes turn towards you and the media descends. Quiet communities are inundated with journalists, place names are mangled on the airwaves and startled locals find themselves being interviewed by people clad either in full emergency rig or sporting sparkling new Akubras. Brace yourself, Eden-Monaro, it's coming...
Vale Noel Bissett: rugby league loses one of its greatest servants
Sport
Noel Bissett loved telling the story about the day he refereed a game at Captains Flat. On that day an elderly lady brandishing an umbrella pursued him across the ground. The elderly lady in question was apparently upset with a number of Noel’s rulings that happened to go against the home team. For Noel, it was part of the fabric...
What I’ve found and what I’ll keep after COVID-19 restrictions end
Opinion
I was at the beach with my family yesterday, it was empty and dusky and we had a fire on the headland, cooked freshly dug potatoes on the coals and ate them hot with butter and salt while we sat on the sand. Looking around in the soft twilight glow, I saw my rosy-cheeked children, the container of chicken salad...
How do we decide who gets the ventilators? Polio, ethics and the age of COVID-19
Opinion
When we discuss global pandemic history, it's most often the Spanish Influenza. But victims of a much more recent pandemic say COVID-19 raises deeply rooted concerns about who receives treatment and on what basis. For decades, poliomyelitis rolled around the world in repeating epidemic waves, bringing with it absolute terror for parents who feared their children would be struck down....
Parenting in a pandemic: it’s OK (and sometimes essential) to ask for help
Opinion
In Australia, we are incredibly lucky not to be facing the full lockdowns many parts of the world have been experiencing for weeks. As a community, we have understood the need to live with the restrictions that are in place, and it has been gratifying to see our joint actions resulting in a slowing of COVID-19 and lives being saved....
Stay the course Australia, till we’re in the clear
Opinion
Forget the fact that we can't drive too far at these days, but Australians seem to be like the kids in the back crying ''are we there yet?'' The nation's COVID-19 containment measures appear to be working and we are the envy of countries where the death toll is and continues to be appalling. It's working so well that commentators,...
Tracer apps: a matter of how much you’re willing to trust the government
Opinion
Do you trust the Federal Government enough to sign up to their COVID-19 app? Emma Davidson, who has a background in private sector software development and is an ACT Greens candidate, argues we should have serious concerns about the Government's intentions. What do you think? The Federal Government is developing an app to track who a person with COVID-19 has been...
No alternative, but remote learning comes with risks
Opinion
There is another big curve the Australian state and territory governments have to deal with besides COVID-19, although it's a direct consequence of the virus that's shutting down our economy and lifestyle. It's the steep learning curve our public schools and teachers are climbing to keep up a quality education to children stuck at home or, if their parents are...
NRL’s proposed return to play on 28 May: an act of arrogance or beacon of hope?
Sport
Like most sports, the NRL has been doing everything possible to get back on the field, but the league is the first to actually telegraph a proposed date of return. As such, the NRL has generated significant debate and publicity during this interrupted season. Many objectors to the NRL's proposed resumption have questioned the motives of the league. Questioned is...
It’s time for the Capital region to act like a community and leave the loathing behind
Opinion
If the past summer's bushfires brought out the best in our community, could COVID-19 be bringing out the worst? Everyone is a little bit scared. Everyone is fragile. Everyone's lives have been thrown into turmoil by these strange times. And everyone wants to protect themselves and those they love from the virus. However, it's been shocking to see how virulent...
COVID-19 has exposed the excesses of sport
Opinion
In the early days of the Raiders you could count staff members on two hands and the club was operating out of the Queanbeyan Leagues Club. The gym was located in the squash courts and the coaches were positioned in offices through the club. The players had jobs and trained at night at Seiffert Oval. As a journalist, if you...
Parents asked to do “three jobs at the same time” during COVID-19 isolation
Health & Wellbeing
With daycares and schools reducing their capacity or moving online in response to COVID-19 regulations, parents are finding themselves with a triple-whammy situation – expected to work from home, parent full-time and deliver lessons to school-age kids. "It's literally doing three jobs at the same time: working, parenting and trying to teach," says Bemboka mum Paula Mathewson. While many people are...
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