The contrast could hardly be more stark. In a world that is shutting up shop, Donald Trump is calling for America to reopen.


China’s command and control tactics

Totalitarian methods seem to have worked, but that doesn’t make them acceptable.

Businessman carry golden egg above the sea


It’s not whether you can access super, but if you should

Superannuation experts warn that accessing your retirement fund to tide you over hard times should be done only as a last resort.

Senior couple walking on the beach


Unexpected win for the elderly

Retirees will benefit from the economic crisis package as two key retirement income arrangements are loosened.

Commuters wear face masks on the Mass Rapid Transit train as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Catherine LAI / AFP)


Virus fight is a question of trust

Singapore’s leader Lee Hsien Loong exclusively reveals how his nation has stayed on top of the virus.

Police Officer watch as people queue for a delivery of toilet paper, paper towel and pasta at Coles Supermarket, Epping in Sydney, Friday, March 20, 2020. Supermarkets have been struggling to keep up with demand for products such as toilet paper in recent days, as panic buying as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in people purchasing far more than usual. Supermarkets have put in place limits on the quantity people can purchase of many everyday items. (AAP Image/James Gourley) NO ARCHIVING


For once, the government was better than its people

From Peter Dutton’s diagnosis to toilet rolls, Australians have behaved like animals. Are the times revealing who we really are and what we truly believe?

BESTPIX: European Best Pictures Of The Day - March 21


How digital analysis will defeat virus

As the smartest generation, we can use our fear and skills to gather accurate information and defeat COVID-19.


Our sick, dystopian nightmare

Our society has been ripped apart by coronavirus, and the fragile fabric might never be stitched back together.


Now it’s all up to us, people

This is crunch time. How we behave in coming weeks is a matter of life and death on the grand scale.


Finding method to the madness

Being in travel-imposed quarantine requires thinking outside the box on the homefront.

March 21, 2020 March 21, 2020


Complacency lulled us into delusion

***BESTPIX*** The UK's Capital Adjusts To Life Under The Coronavirus Pandemic

The world forgot the lessons of the past that may have helped us prepare for the coronavirus crisis.

March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020


Brace for a ‘Big Brother’ intrusion

Digital surveillance magnifying glass

Far-reaching biosecurity laws give our leaders unlimited power to detain and hold us at their whim during this crisis.

March 21, 2020 March 21, 2020


‘Whatever it takes’ must be our motto

PM Presser

COVID-19 has delivered humanity a brutal reminder of the biblical axiom ‘pride comes before a fall’.

March 21, 2020


Confusion breeds chaos, listen to the medics

I will bow to the medical experts when deciding how to react to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 21, 2020


Lack of trust threatens social contract

A Police Officer watches on at people queueing for a delivery of toilet paper, paper towel and pasta at Coles Supermarket, Epping in Sydney, Friday, March 20, 2020. Supermarkets have been struggling to keep up with demand for products such as toilet paper in recent days, as panic buying as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in people purchasing far more than usual. Supermarkets have put in place limits on the quantity people can purchase of many everyday items. (AAP Image/James Gourley) NO ARCHIVING

The mettle of every Australian is being tested during this modern-day lockdown created by the coronavirus pandemic.

March 21, 2020


Let random acts of kindness prevail

Empty streets of Sydney showing small numbers of people during the outbreak of Covid-19, the novel Coronavirus Shot 20.03.2020

Good deeds in the COVID-19-induced madness will go a long way to restoring social cohesion.

March 21, 2020


Real ‘China virus’ killed us years ago

In this March 18, 2020 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people applaud as departing medical workers enter Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day. But in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States, Chinese authorities said Thursday that the city and its surrounding province had no new cases to report. The virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people, but severe illness is more likely in the elderly and people with existing health problems. (Ke Hao/Xinhua via AP)

Australia has traded off long-term national security for short term economic gain. If good is to come from this crisis, it must focus countries’ minds on the need to be self-­reliant as well as rich.

March 21, 2020


Even optimists can do the maths

Eric Lobbecke 20200320

The genie is most likely already out of the bottle. If fewer than 100,000 Australians die, we will be doing well.

March 21, 2020


Stopping this virus is a numbers game

Pharmacist Michael Witte, left, gives Neal Browning, right, a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The allocation of resources to fight coronavirus without co-ordinated information is simply guesswork. Speedy and precise data analysis will save countless lives.

March 21, 2020


COVID-19 will kill free movement

TOPSHOT - A Polish health official check the temperature of returning Poles crossing the Polish-German border from the eastern German town of Frankfurt (Oder) to Slubice on March 16, 2020, as measures are taken to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. - Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland's borders would be closed to foreigners for 10 days, but that the government might prolong the shutdown. Two weeks of quarantine will also be imposed on people returning from abroad. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Coronavirus is hunting down every one of globalisation’s core doctrines and destroying them. It is the virus sent to end globalisation.

March 20, 2020 March 20, 2020


Buckle up for hell of a bumpy ride

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It’s the response to COVID-19 that’s generating an almost certain recession, rather than the virus itself.

March 20, 2020


Italians will not succumb

TOPSHOT - A residents uses pot lids to play cymbals as she takes part in a music flash mob called "Look out from the window, Rome mine !" (Affacciati alla Finestra, Roma Mia !) aimed at liven up the city's silence during the new coronavirus lockdown, from her balcony in Rome on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

The Italians are paying a high price for not having enough children.

March 19, 2020 March 19, 2020


In this crisis, the only answer is democracy

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Now more than ever we need world standards in governance, liberty and responsiveness to match our own.

March 19, 2020


Lively student must learn to fly solo


This was always going to be a big year for Ellie Singe, a conscientious and creative Year 12 student with big ambitions.

March 19, 2020


A level playing field for schoolchildren?

Newington College and UnitingCare NSW ACT recently welcomed a newly formed football team onto the fields at the Stanmore campus for International Refugee Week. Picture: Supplied

Over 100 countries have closed schools impacting 850 million students. But Scott Morrison says there’s no need.

March 17, 2020 March 17, 2020


Pain hits labour force

Jobs Coronavirus

Coronavirus has thrown workers and bosses into crisis together.

March 17, 2020


Virus in the US: Home of the grave

Home of the grave feature

It is becoming apparent the US is woefully unprepared to deal with the surge in cases, and it’s about to see its death toll soar.

March 16, 2020 March 16, 2020


Triumph, tragedy of Average Joe

Duke v Georgetown

He’s one of the most familiar faces in the country yet the Democratic contender is something of an enigma.

March 14, 2020 March 14, 2020


That end-of-life talk with parents

Jean Kittson and her parents Roy and Elaine. Picture: Rob Palmer

A new guide traverses the right, and many wrong, ways to navigate change.

March 14, 2020


Uni censors excel themselves

Generation Liberty campus coordinator Laura Glase, right, at a stall at the University of Sydney. Supplied

Today, the most brazen opponents of free speech within universities are those who control student unions.

Editor, Inquirer and Life

Alister McMillan began at The Daily Telegraph as a copy boy in 1993. He later worked as a reporter before taking on various editorial roles at The Irish Times and later the South China Morning Post. Joining The Australian in 2005, Alister worked on the World desk, becoming World Editor in 2010. He was appointed Editor of the Inquirer and Life sections in 2018.

Editor, Inquirer and Life

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