The journey bubble of the coronavirus Australia fizzles out as Victoria turns into the most secure state

The corruption investigation revelations have permanently politically damaged the previously squeaky clean Berejiklian, and the premiers of Australia’s two largest states are now gasping for political air just four months after their apparent success in suppressing the first wave of the pandemic. They also expose the need for a federal corruption watchdog, especially with billions of taxpayers’ money being spent responding to the pandemic, writes John Kehoe.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe’s dramatic change of course to lower borrowing costs across the economy could have the unintended effect of sparking a new war over home loans – and another house price bubble. The bank’s bond purchase plan could begin as early as next month.

Australians caught overseas travel restrictions will be given respite but will have to spend two weeks in quarantine outside Darwin. Opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s speech this week on the budget response revealed the battle lines for the first post-pandemic elections.

Donald Trump was energetic, combative and spirited in a prime-time campaign at City Hall a little over a week after his COVID-19 was revealed. The only problem was Joe Biden wasn’t there. US correspondent Jacob Greber’s two-week road trip through the rust belt shows how tough the president’s road to victory will be in 18 days.

The aftermath of Paul Scurrah’s dumping as head of Virgin Australia has begun. It emerged that his successor, Jayne Hrdlicka, made several phone calls with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce after their private equity employer was selected by the administrators as the preferred bidder for the airline.

Meanwhile, letters received under the Freedom of Information legislation show Joyce pressuring political leaders to aid Qantas as the pandemic disrupted its business.

The COVID-19 pandemic is made worse by epidemics of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and other ailments that have created a perfect storm that is sweeping the globe, a new study says.

Small crowds are present during the pandemic. In fact, they are mandatory. Hence, it makes sense that the latest trend in luxury travel are resorts that cater to an exclusive handful of guests. Colette Dinnigan’s homestead, the Black Barn in Bowral, is one of the offers.

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