As the Berejiklian government tries to soften people up for "opening up", three residents discuss the harsh lockdown in Sydney West.
The significant numbers at the July 24 anti-lockdown protests are a symptom of the failure of federal and state governments to put the health and safety of communities before corporate profits, argues Rachel Evans.
The federal government has failed on vaccines, quarantine and adequate or timely income support. Alex Bainbridge and Sarah Hathway argue that for a lockdown to work, it is imperative workers have income support and stable housing.
Workers at two council-owned inner west pools have been stood down by private operators without pay during lockdown. Pip Hinman argues this is the ugly consequence of councils contracting out community services.