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Green Left’s Rachel Evans asked a number of environmental activists about the ongoing issues and organising despite the COVID-19 lockdown.

Aged care home Newmarch House has become the new epicentre of COVID-19 in New South Wales. Jim McIlroy reports how privatisation and deregulation of aged care has contributed to the neglect.

International students cannot survive the COVID-19 shutdown without government and university support, writes Adrian M.

Labor’s immigration spokesperson Kristina Keneally wants a post COVID-19 migration policy that privileges skilled workers. Pip Hinman argues that this calculated intervention is both racist and dangerous.

The federal Coalition government is exerting a lot of pressure on states to make schools re-open. But it should only happen if schools are safe for teachers and students, argue Mary Merkenich, David Linden and Vivian Messimeris.

The Socialist Alliance has produced a set of campaign demands as a contribution to the union movement's discussion about how to fight back during the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring no worker is left behind.

 

In "Lockdown #3: Coronavirus, Capitalism and Solidarity", Zebedee Parkes takes a look at how essential workers, some of the most undervalued sections of society, are beginning to organise to defend their rights.

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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.

Green Left's Jacob Andrewartha has a discussion with Socialist Alliance national executive member Peter Boyle regarding the lessons socialists can draw from the COVID-19 crisis, the limitations of the response by capitalist governments and practical measures socialists should advocate for.

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