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For cultures hit by earlier pandemics, memory cues instinct to panic early

For cultures hit by earlier pandemics, memory cues instinct to panic early

July 7, 2020

The lockdown has reignited a lingering legacy of trauma for some, and laid down a new template for others, writes Connor Amor-Bendall for our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

When the best medicine is patience

When the best medicine is patience

July 6, 2020

Pharmacy staff have been bullied while working on the frontline of Australia’s pandemic response. Sisters Zena and Marina want you to know it hurts.  Andreas Nicola continues our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

Life without a safety net: a student’s story

Life without a safety net: a student’s story

July 4, 2020

The pandemic has raised unique challenges for Australia’s international students, trapping some young people such as Teri Li in an economic and psychological spiral, writes Yuhan Zhang for our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

Pandemic reveals a Chinese migrant's neighbours at their best and worst

Pandemic reveals a Chinese migrant’s neighbours at their best and worst

July 1, 2020

The racial slurs that began appearing on his social media feed dismayed Felix, owner a long-established Chinese restaurant on Clayton Road. But he says the pandemic has also delivered some quiet blessings. Duolin Li continues our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip

A recipe for surviving a pandemic: luck, timing and reinvention

A recipe for surviving a pandemic: luck, timing and reinvention

June 29, 2020

When the coronavirus lockdown closed his beloved restaurant to diners, Michael Samsir had to use his ingenuity and build new connections to survive, writes Rosalee Kiely, continuing our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

How young Greeks are bringing generations of worshipers together with the click of a button

How young Greeks are bringing generations of worshipers together with the click of a button

June 27, 2020

Social distancing laws have brought the young and old of Clayton’s Greek orthodox community closer than ever before. Latest in our special series ‘Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip’.

Seventy days and counting: Surviving lockdown on a suburban shopping strip

Seventy days and counting: Surviving lockdown on a suburban shopping strip

June 25, 2020

Through the height of the coronavirus lockdown, a team of our reporters has been virtually knee-deep in one suburban shopping strip capturing stories of heartbreak and hope. Today we launch our series 'Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip'.

Emergency or conservancy? Grappling with the charged language of activism

Emergency or conservancy? Grappling with the charged language of activism

June 22, 2020

As the warnings of scientists grow increasingly urgent, campaigners on the ground struggle to find language that will unite communities fractured by years of climate wars. Continuing our series Future Forecast.

Future Forecast: Counting the costs of rising tides on a precious, vulnerable coast

Future Forecast: Counting the costs of rising tides on a precious, vulnerable coast

June 17, 2020

Victoria’s south-west coast is a treasured but vulnerable haven for humans and creatures. Defending it as sea levels rise is an increasingly urgent local concern. The latest in our special series looking at regional responses to climate change.

Future Forecast: Farmers move to weather a warmer future

Future Forecast: Farmers move to weather a warmer future

June 16, 2020

After a rough couple of years, innovators in the dairy industry are looking at the economic and climate forecasts, and taking steps to protect themselves. Continuing our series Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West.

Future Forecast Pt 5: Power switch to plug into a sustainable future

Future Forecast Pt 5: Power switch to plug into a sustainable future

June 15, 2020

When it comes to renewables, Warrnambool has some enviable natural advantages – a windswept landscape, a wild coast, and a community with an inclination to innovation. Latest in our special series Future Forecast: Spotlight on the south-west.

After weighing a range of issues, including safety, the Cedar Bakery team in Preston decided to wait a little longer before resuming table service. There were still Covid-19 cases turning up every day, said manager George Khoury. “We didn’t want to contribute to that.” Photos: Will C. Povey

Waiting on tables? Some cafes are in no hurry to resume normal service

June 12, 2020

The easing of lockdown restrictions, and a return to cafe service on 1 June, was keenly anticipated by many in highly caffeinated Melbourne. But the strings attached, and the lurking Covid-19 risk, have persuaded some businesses to sit tight and await the next stage.

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