Tag: coronavirus

Constructing Melbourne’s COVID Pariahs

The latest spike of cases in the west and north of Melbourne allows the rest of Melbourne to construct COVID as a disease of migrants and the irresponsible casual workforce…

American Dream

Not just precarity but destitution threatens under conditions of COVID, and especially in the United States it threatens people of colour.

The Virus as a Stage of History

If we are in a 'viral age', then as humanity we are in a jam, with a permanent gap between the problem and a techno-solution…

Webtoon From the Field: Coronavirus as Lived by Artists

Arena Online

UB

23 Jun 2020

Dear Artist, How has the coronavirus affected you?

Negotiating Survival Through Crisis: Art, Galleries and Museums

This is the opportunity to create intimate encounters, where the relationship between people and art becomes a testament to living.

Nurturing a Better, Fairer Food System

COVID-19 is shining a bright light on the nature and importance of community. It is also exposing our vulnerabilities through the ultimate human need, the need for food.

Refugees and Australia’s double standards on COVID-19

Why has the Australian government failed to apply the principles and standards of health protection that are upheld in the wider community to places of detention?

Postcard from the Field: COVID-19 in the Northern Territory

Since the increase in benefit payments, and since Centrelink has stopped breaching people for not meeting mutual-obligation requirements, we have experienced something like a 70-per-cent reduction in calls on our emergency relief funds at the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service.

Last Chance for Universities?

How bad will it be? Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, international-student revenue for Australian universities had been around 25 per cent across the sector, with many of Australia’s ‘sandstone’ universities relying on international students for at least a third of their income. The loss of much of this revenue for the near to mid-future represents the biggest crisis the sector has faced. …universities will act vigorously to manage their finances.

Of Fire and the Plague

In Australia we have no ‘herd immunity’: we still have plenty of ‘fuel’ for the virus to burn. The virus is still smouldering, largely stifled, in Australia, and actively burning in many other places around the world. Embers will continue to land here, and we have already gone through a lot of our resources and assets.

REWILDING, PART III

Left will flip back to Right again, just as easily. And then? This is what will remain: a bigger, more desperate—more exploitable—underclass, and a porked-up police state.

Unmasked: Face-work in a Pandemic

The vehemence of debates, especially in the United States, over whether to mask or unmask indicates that far more is at stake than simple infection control.