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Opinion: Banning visitors to aged care during coronavirus raises several ethical questions – with no simple answers

Physically, older people are among those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. For those isolated in residential aged care or in the community, they’re also arguably the most vulnerable socially.


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Opinion: We don’t know for sure if coronavirus can spread through poo, but it’s possible

While we most commonly associate COVID-19 with fever and cough, gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain are not unheard of in people who contract coronavirus.


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Opinion: Forget old screen ‘time’ rules during coronavirus. Here’s what you should focus on instead

COVID-19 has left parents grappling with the challenges of online learning, entertainment and work. It’s natural the amount of time children spend using screens will now increase.


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Opinion: With everyone stuck indoors, esports is poised for its time in the sun

Against a global backdrop of cancelled sports leagues, and as part of their season opening, National Rugby League (NRL) fans recently packed the stands of Townsville’s new Queensland Country Bank Stadium.


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Opinion: Courts are moving to video during coronavirus, but research shows it’s hard to get a fair trial remotely

During the coronavirus pandemic, Australian courts are taking no chances, with NSW, VIC and other states announcing there will be no new jury trials. But many courts are increasing the use of video.


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Opinion: Nurses are not just needed now, they are essential to post-pandemic recovery

Nurses have proven undeniably important during the COIVD-19 pandemic and they will also play a key role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.


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Opinion: Young people are anxious about coronavirus. Political leaders need to talk with them, not at them

According to the Department of Health, there are now more cases of COVID-19 in Australia among people aged 20 – 29 years than any other age group.


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1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long

The catastrophic bushfire season is officially over, but governments, agencies and communities have failed to recognise the specific and disproportionate impact the fires have had on Aboriginal peoples.



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