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In the News

Members of the Institute engage with the media considerably and are often called upon to provide expert advice and commentary on important issues affecting rural and regional Australia.

Engaging with the media also provides the opportunity for our researchers to engage with the wider community and to promote and publicise their research and findings.

All media releases involving ILWS researchers are issued as CSU Media Releases. Our researchers engage with both traditional media (print, radio and TV) as well as social and on-line media.

In the News 2020 is a compilation of media coverage received by ILWS members from information provided by CSU Media and the news monitoring services it uses.

Our researchers also regularly write Opinion Pieces and Articles for on-line news services such as The Conversation.  See Commentary for more details


Predators, prey and moonlight singing: how phases of the Moon affect native wildlife

Predators Prey and Moonlight The Conversation September 4Grant Linley, PhD candidate, along with Associate Professor Euan Ritchie of Deakin University and Courtney Marneweck of Clemson University, explore how certain behaviours of animals – including potoroos, wallabies and quolls – change with variation in ambient light, phases of the Moon and cloud cover and the implications of artificial light pollution on how animals behave in their article in The Conversation, September 4.

Grant Linley will be commencing his PhD on the impacts of the recent bushfires on native species in north-eastern Victoria under the supervision of Associate Professor Dale Nimmo and Dr Jodi Price in the November session 2020.

Two inquiries find unfair treatment and healthcare for Māori.  This is how we fix it

Two inquiries find unfair treatment and healthcareIn this article, published in The Conversation, Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan argues for a Maori Health Authority with decision making power, as a matter of political equality. The Conversation, August 31.

Skills Week highlights the need for gender equity and inclusion in trades

Skills Week highlights the need for gender equityDr Larrissa Bamberry and Dr Donna Bridges say National Skills Week (24 to 30 August) is a reminder gender equity and inclusion are the solution to the ‘tradie’ skills shortage in regional Australia, and skills are the fundamental basis for all regional development and growth. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, August 27.

Closing the Gap in Indigenous Australian Disadvantage Policy: A Human Rights Response

Closing the Gap Oxford Human Rights HubIn 2008 the Council of Australian Governments decided to ‘close the gap in indigenous disadvantage’. It identified 6 targets in the fields of health, education and employment where policy could ‘close’ gaps between Indigenous and other citizens. By 2020, some progress had been made on each target, but only two were ‘on track’ to be met writes Dominic O'Sullivan in the Oxford Human Rights Hub, August 15.

The human cost of border closures, and the alternative solutions being overlooked

human cost of border closuresAssociate Professor Rachel Whitsed examines the impact of the Albury-Wodonga border closure and suggests that spatial modelling could be used to

‘Death by irony’: The mystery of the mouse that died of smoke inhalation, but went nowhere near a fire

Smoky Mouse The Conversation July 13 2020"As global warming escalates, fires in Australia are predicted to become even worse. Now more than ever, the future of the smoky mouse, along with many other Australian animals, hinges on decisive climate action. Captive breeding programs and blind hope will not be enough." writes Dr Andrew Peters in The Conversation, July 13.

Before and after: see how bushfire and rain turned the Macquarie perch’s home to sludge

Before and after bushfires Macquarie PerchThe unprecedented intensity and scale of Australia’s recent bushfires left a trail of destruction across Australia. Millions of hectares burned and more than a billion animals were affected or died. When the rains finally arrived, the situation for many fish species went from dangerous to catastrophic write ILWS researchers Professor Lee Baumgartner, Dr Katie Doyle, Dr Luiz Silva, Adjunct researcher Luke Pearce and Dr Nathan Ning in The Conversation, July 10.

Restoring a gem in the Murray-Darling Basin: the success story of the Winton Wetlands

Winton Wetlands The Conversation June 19Water use in the Murray-Darling Basin has long been a source of conflict. Damage to rivers and wetlands, including fish kills and algal blooms, has featured prominently in the news. But the Winton Wetlands, in the south-east basin, represents a bright spot. Its restoration provides a sense of hope that reaches beyond the complexities of history, writes Professor Max Finlayson in The Conversation, June 19.

Don’t count your fish before they hatch: experts react to plans to release 2 million fish into the Murray Darling

The Conversation - Don't count your fish before they hatchThe New South Wales government plans to release two million native fish into rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin, in the largest breeding program of its kind in the state. But as the river system recovers from a string of mass fish deaths, caution is needed says Professor Lee Baumgartner, Dr Jamin Forbes and Dr Katie Doyle in The Conversation, June 15.

Returning to work after COVID-19 – business as usual, or not?

Return to work Stacey Jenkins As Australia begins to turn the next page on the COVID-19 pandemic, ILWS researcher Dr Stacey Jenkins says many businesses are faced with a new challenge – how and when to reopen safely and legally? While many hope to soon return to the workplace, there's a lot at stake and proceeding with caution is recommended. Reopening requires more than just flipping the lights back on and resuming business as usual. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, June 1.

How COVID-19 could affect tourism industry as it reopens

Clifford Lewis Tourism post Covid19Dr Clifford Lewis paints a picture of what the tourism industry could look like as restrictions prepare to ease during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The lessons we learn from this pandemic can help transform tourism by understanding how tourism helped spread COVID-19 across the globe, and therefore, what can be done to reduce the impact of the industry on future pandemics. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, May 28

Why Trump's Make America Great Again hat makes a dangerous souvenir for foreign politicians

O'Sullivan The Conversation MAGA hatThe New Zealand National Party’s newly elected leader, Todd Muller found himself not in control of the agenda when during his first weekend as leader, he was forced to explain his political souvenir of a red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat. From whichever perspective, the hat – and Muller’s defence of owning it – brought his political judgement into question, writes Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan in Then Conversation, May 26.

Could treaties help close the political gap in Indigenous health?

Dominic O'Sullivan Openforum treaties to close the gapIn its 2020 annual Close the Gap Report, the Lowitja indigenous health research institute noted a significant life expectancy differential between indigenous and other citizens. 8.6 years for men and 7.8 years for women. Preventable deaths due to mental illness, accidents and the incidence of chronic disease help to explain the differential. Close the Gap is an indigenous led advocacy project. It takes a human rights approach to improving indigenous well-being, which makes it different from the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Closing the Gap policy measures writes Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan in the Openforum, May 25.

After the bushfires, we helped choose the animals and plants in most need. Here’s how we did it

Dale Nimmo The Conversation After the FiresILWS's Dr Dale Nimmo, who is one of the wildlife experts advising the federal government on bushfire recovery, has co-authored an article detailing how the experts choose which plants and animals need help the most urgently. The Conversation, May 21.  This story also appeared Charles Sturt University News Opinion, May 21

Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in New Zealand

Oxford Human Rights Hub Dominic O'SullivanThe New Zealand government is considering implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2007, the United Nations adopted a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It affirmed that the right to self-determination is a universal right. It belongs to indigenous peoples, as groups and as individuals, as much as it belongs to everybody else. Alongside, Australia, Canada and the United States, New Zealand voted against the Declaration. New Zealand said that the Declaration breached the Treaty of Waitangi (Treaty) because it would give Maori special rights over other citizens. Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan's comments on the idea were published on the Oxford Human Rights blog, May 18.

Gender (role) bending: How COVID-19 has transformed the Australian family

Dr Angela Ragusa Gender Role Bending CSU news opinionOn the eve of International Day of Families, Senior Lecturer in Sociology in Charles Sturt’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Angela Ragusa, explores the changing dynamics in Australian families brought about by COVID-19. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, May 14

A pandemic in the era of Great Power rivalry and neoliberalism

Charles Sturt News Opinion May 6Opinion: ILWS researcher and Politics lecturer Dr Oliver Villar argues that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that an alternative to the neoliberal model of capitalism is possible.  The Trump administration of the United States has blamed China, and now the World Health Organisation (WHO), for the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking to distract blame from the neoliberal model of capitalism adopted in much of the Western world since the 1980s.  This is also a convenient excuse for the US to attack a rising power that is starting to encroach on its influence and control, in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, May 6.

Too much bipartisanship is bad for democracy

Openforum April 6 Scott Morrison's creation of a national cabinet of Federal and State leaders has helped Australia maintain a united front against COVID-19, and although the exclusion of the Labor Leader was contested, the division between government and opposition could be maintained to safeguard democracy...Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan writes in Openforum that "Too much bipartisanship is bad for democracy" on May 6.

The impact of social distancing on older adults during COVID-19

Charles Sturt News Opinion April 23When the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions began to unfold in Australia, the heightened risks of the virus to older adults was at the forefront of discussions. Australians over 70 years were quickly encouraged to practice social distancing and self-isolate to reduce their risk of infection.  Dr Belinda Cash shares more about the webinar she will host on Tuesday 28 April, which will explore the impact social distancing during COVID-19 has had on older Australians’ physical and mental health in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, April 23.

Fishing for hope: the importance of recreational fishing during a crisis

Charles Sturt New Opinion April 22.They say the worst day fishing is better than the best day working. How can recreational fishers keep sane during these unusual times? Two fisheries researchers, Professor Lee Baumgartner and Dr Katie Doyle reflect on the impacts of closing recreational fishing in Victoria in response to COVID-19 in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, April 22.

COVID-19, bushfires and drought prove wildlife health is one of the emerging challenges of our time

Charles Sturt News opinionDr Andrew Peters, an expert in wildlife health, shares why the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Australia’s recent fire season and the country's ongoing drought are proof that maintaining the health of wildlife has never been more important. The bushfires, drought and COVID-19 are all connected by one thing – the way we interact with wildlife and the natural world. Protecting our wildlife from disease, and ourselves from wildlife disease, is challenging, in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, April 2.

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