Roll(out) of the Dice

Promises and pitfalls of governing in a pandemic 

The government’s aim to vaccinate the nation faced a perfect storm of unexpected side effects, supply issues and a highly contagious new virus variant. Armchair experts went beyond the double donut as COVID-19 reporting became increasingly detailed. 

Amid bad headlines and finger pointing, lockdowns spread across the country while outspoken MPs undermined public health messaging, causing headaches for the government. The numbers 70 and 80 became shorthand for freedom. 

The Fumble

Jon Kudelka, The Saturday Paper,

The Delta Blues

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Gaslight Station

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Lord and Saviour

Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail,

The Vaccine Rollout

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,

All That Glitters

Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph,

Bad Call

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,


Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph,

Full House

Glen Le Lievre, The Australian,

Phonecall with Aunty

Meg O'Shea, Self Published,

Cave Dwellers

Matt Golding, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,


Glen Le Lievre, The Australian Financial Review,

Home Stretch

Johannes Leak, The Australian,

Don’t Be Afraid

Harry Bruce, Townsville Bulletin,

Homeopathic Remedy

Jon Kudelka, The Saturday Paper,

Opening Up the Pool

Mark David, Independent Australia,