Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Western Sydney – WSU Student Projects

We are now six months into the coronavirus pandemic that has changed life as we know it and the economic impact of COVID-19, and its associated shutdowns on the national, state and local economies have begun to be demonstrated. Students of Western Sydney University (WSU) undertaking the 200537 Economics & Finance Engagement Spring Project have … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Western Sydney – WSU Student Projects

The Human Faces of the Beirut Explosion

Yesterday, the talk was about the cause of the Beirut fire and explosion with comments made about if it was deliberate or an accident, or indeed an attack. Video images were streamed with observations to support all these positions and heated debates were held in different forums.  Today, it is different for many of us … Continue reading The Human Faces of the Beirut Explosion

Economic Impacts Emerge: Coronavirus Employment Explored in New ABS Data

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As we move further into the year, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian economy are becoming more evident. New data released by the ABS showed that employment dropped by 594,300 in April, … Continue reading Economic Impacts Emerge: Coronavirus Employment Explored in New ABS Data

Schools Re-opening Sparks Confusion, Distress & Debate

With the second school term having resumed in all states, debates have reopened regarding whether schools should resume face-to-face learning and whether doing so will threaten the progress made by existing coronavirus containment measures.

‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020.  Nowcasting, a portmanteau of “now” and “forecasting”, is a method of very short-range forecasting that uses recent data to determine the present and near future and, in some disciplines, the very recent past. … Continue reading ‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet

Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As discussed previously, there are a myriad of factors associated with the coronavirus pandemic that negatively impact psychological wellness. While many aspects of this crisis have a clear and direct link to known … Continue reading Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic

4+ More Weeks of Lockdown Confirmed: Tracing App May Ease Restrictions but Requires Increased Surveillance

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday 16 April that coronavirus restrictions will stay in place for at least four more weeks.  These baseline regulations, including 1.5 metre distances between people, gatherings of no … Continue reading 4+ More Weeks of Lockdown Confirmed: Tracing App May Ease Restrictions but Requires Increased Surveillance

Australian Parents Welcome Free Child Care but COVID-19 Concerns Remain

Black text says 'FREE CHILD CARE? YES! CORONAVIRUS? NO

Australian families have mixed feelings on the new government child care package. While welcoming the new free service, many still feel doubt about the safety of sending their kids amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.