'Balancing act' or 'sheer madness': Experts split on national cabinet decision to end mandatory COVID isolation

Doug Dingwall
Harley Dennett
October 1 2022 - 5:30am
Chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly. Picture by Sitthixay Ditthavong

Australia's chief medical officer has warned the pandemic is not over and more peaks in COVID infections are likely, as national cabinet responded to a dip in virus transmissions by lifting mandatory isolation requirements.

Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Parliamentary bureau chief

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' parliamentary bureau chief. He writes about government and federal politics, and has an interest in integrity, industrial relations and foreign affairs. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au

Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Public Service Editor

I'm the Public Service Editor and Senior Political Reporter for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered eight budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.