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Australia was a model for protecting people from COVID-19 — and then we dumped half a million people back into poverty

By Sharon Bessell, Professor of Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
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An estimated 540,000 Australians didn’t have paid work ahead of lockdown, so missed out on COVID-19 support this year. They’ve been left to live on $44 a day — well below the poverty line.


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