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Why is the federal government budgeting its JobKeeper program on the basis of 6 million workers needing support while the projected unemployment rate without JobKeeper would be an extra 700,000 workers, asks Michael Bull.

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Along with debating when schools should reopen, we need a society-wide discussion about what's necessary to tackle the existing, and deepening, inequalities in the education system and their impact on children, teachers and parents, argues Fred Fuentes.

“Normal” was so broken, we don't want to go back to that. But, as Sam Wainwright argues, we're going to have to build a movement strong enough to transform Australia’s economy.

Refugees deserve a safe home

Dozens of refugees detained at a hotel in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, staged a protest on their balconies on April 24 to highlight the risk of catching COVID-19 while detained, reports Kamala Emanuel.

The Victorian government’s April 29 announcement of a one-off payment to international students is utterly miserable, writes Zebedee Parkes.

On May 8, 1970, one of the greatest mass mobilisations in Australia's history took place — the first Vietnam Moratorium against the country’s involvement in the murderous US-led invasion of Indochina. Participant Jim McIlroy reflects on the political lessons.

Maritime Union of Australia national safety and training officer Jake Field speaks about the day workers commemorate the lives of their workmates, loved ones and friends who have been tragically killed or injured at work.

April 2020 political albums sleeves

Mat Ward takes a look back at April's political news and the best new albums that related to it.

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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg chose the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to add her voice to the push for society to “tackle two crises at once” — the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, writes Jim McIlroy.

The science must guide how we safely return to work. Those who pit generations against each other are pushing a cheap and nasty divide-and-rule strategy which deflect from capitalism's failures to all generations, writes Pip Hinman.

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