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A survey taken as US Congress debated a $4.5 trillion corporate bailout amid the coronavirus pandemic shows most people believe the political system works only for the wealthy and elite, writes Julia Conley.

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed longstanding divisions in the European Union, with clashes over how to fund the response and solidarity in short supply, writes Duroyan Fertl.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has closed down federal parliament, ostensibly for health reasons, and placed corporate CEOs at the helm of his new National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. Paul Gregoire takes aim at this blatant power grab.

Jim McIlroy reports unions are angry that Qantas has been handed a hefty bail-out while workers have been left on the scrap heap.

Claudia Forsberg writes the COVID-19 pandemic is unleashing anti-social behaviour that is especially impacting on vulnerable people.

While many countries have closed schools as a measure to stem the rate of COVID-19 infection, public schools in Australia are to remain open in stark defiance of the “social distancing” requirements of almost every other aspect of social and economic life. Graham Matthews asks why?

Climate campaigners are urging world leaders to learn from those governments who are handling the coronavirus pandemic, arguing there should be no return to business as usual, writes Jessica Corbett.

The International Monetary Fund has rejected Venezuela's appeal for an emergency US$5 billion loan to face the coronavirus health crisis, reports Ricardo Vaz.

It is amazing what can be achieved by a potentially uncontrollable pandemic that doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor, doesn’t respect national boundaries and will destroy a global economy quicker than I’ll destroy a bottle of gin if forced to stay at home without sport to watch for more than a day, writes Carlo Sands

The priorities of the federal government’s stimulus package are not only wrong — they will not work. Lisbeth Latham argues the focus must be on protecting incomes.

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