Manufacturers may be called up to defeat virus

The federal government has reached out to the manufacturing sector to help defeat the coronavirus now threatening Australia. The government has issued a request for information from companies capable of supplying medical personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes surgical gowns, gloves, goggles, hand sanitisers, clinical waste bags, waste bag closure devices (ties), blood and fluid…

Reserve Bank and government prepare fresh emergency measures as markets tumble

By Peter Martin, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University The government is planning to deliver a second coronavirus economic support package within days, and the Reserve Bank will announce “further policy measures” to support the economy on Thursday. The bank sometimes uses the phrase “policy measures” to describe adjustments to its “policy…