The University of Newcastle, Australia

Political life after lockdown: a democractic reset or back to the future?

Friday, 15 May 2020

Coordinating the national response to COVID-19 has been led by an unfamiliar piece of political machinery, the National Cabinet. Prof. Jim Jose looks at a democratic reset or back to the future.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic a combination of necessity and political will expanded the boundaries of possibility.

New policies and procedures were created to handle the health emergency, in particular social distancing and lockdowns.

New financial packages were implemented to offset the economic impact of the health decisions.

Coordinating the national response was an unfamiliar piece of political machinery, the National Cabinet.

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