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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 2021 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


Artificial refuges are a popular stopgap for habitat destruction, but the science isn’t up to scratch

Artificial refuges

ILWS researchers Mitchell Cowan (PhD candidate) and Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, are co-authors of a new article highlighting their recently published review, suggesting the science underpinning them is often not up to scratch.. The Conversation, July, 28.

New Zealand’s He Puapua report and its significance for Māori

Professor Dominic O'Sullivan argues that contrary to recent claims, He Puapua is not a 'plan' that advocates for 'separatism', but rather a collection of ideas that invites society to imagine more inclusive political and constitutional arrangements. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, July 7.

Why can’t the NSW Government lead the way with aged care reform?

Why can’t the NSW Government lead the way with aged care reform?

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth has written an Opinion Piece regarding the Government's response to Aged Care Royal Commission, published in SeniorAu, June 12.

Mouse plague: bromadiolone will obliterate mice, but it’ll poison eagles, snakes and owls, too

Mouse poisons could hurt wildlife Dr Maggie Watson is one of the co-authors of an article warning of the risk to predators who eat mice, and to other species, from poisoning mice with bromadiolone in The Conversation, May 21.

New authority could transform Māori health, but only if it’s a leader, not a partner

New authority could transform Maori healthProfessor Dominic O'Sullivan says "The potential is for a Māori primary health system explicitly focused on Māori needs. Māori decision makers would decide what needs to be done, how and by whom. The success of the authority hinges on how independent it will be, and its accountability to Māori people," in The Conversation, April 22.

COVID-19, future pandemics, and rethinking residential housing design

Covid housing Dirk SpennemannBecause COVID-19 will not be the last coronavirus pandemic, Associate Professor Dirk Spennemann argues future-proofing new buildings in the post-COVID environment must embrace the principles of universal design and lessons from the current pandemic in the Charles Sturt University News Opinion, March 11.

'Trust the science' is not enough to shift the anti-vax dial

Trust the science Daniel LanderResearch by recent ILWS PhD graduate Dr Daniel Lander and Dr Angela Ragusa suggests a conceptual shift in communication strategies holds potential to improve public health through more directly and accurately addressing anti-vaccination concerns in the Charles Sturt University News Opinion, March 2.

There are 2.5 million reasons to rethink our connection to wildlife

World Wildlife day Andrew PetersThis World Wildlife Day is an unprecedented opportunity for us to rethink our relationship with wildlife and to reflect on just how deeply our lives are intertwined with the lives of wild animals. Associate Professor in Wildlife Health and Pathology Andrew Peters said there are now 2.5 million reasons to reaffirm our connection with wildlife ahead of World Wildlife Day on Wednesday 3 March, in the Charles Sturt University News Opinion, March 2.

Indigenous recognition is a matter of political equality

Indigenour recognition Prof Dominic O'SullivanIn his Conversation article, Professor Dominic O’Sullivan argues that the Commonwealth’s recent proposals for a Voice to Government have provided a new way of thinking about the meaning of political equality, Charles Sturt University News Opinion, February 26.

Indigenous Recognition is more than a voice to Government

Indigenous recognition The ConversationProfessor Dominic O'Sullivan argues that recognition is a theory of political freedom, which means that every person is equally entitled to help influence the society in which they live. And equally entitled to make decisions about how they will live. He says a Voice to Parliament is an example of what these ideas could mean in practice in The Conversation, February  26.

Guaranteed Māori representation in local government is about self-determination — and it’s good for democracy

Guaranteed maori representation The recent controversy over a decision by the Tauranga City Council to establish a Māori ward reminds us that arguments about Māori political representation are nothing new.  Self-determination is a political right that belongs to all people, not just to ethnic majorities or to the descendants of settler populations. Indigenous peoples’ active participation in public life is also a matter of important public debate in Australia and Canada, Professor Dominic O'Sullivan writes in The Conversation, February 5.

Conscience vote on euthanasia bill exposes democratic weakness of New Zealand’s voting system

Conscience vote on euthanasia NZThe bill allows adults with a terminal illness or an irremediable medical condition the option of requesting medical assistance to end their lives. Euthanasia is not a left/right political issue. The major parties do not have the philosophical traditions, nor shared view of the good life, from which to bind their MPs to either side of the argument,  Professor Dominic O'Sullivan writes in The Conversation, January 31.

Sharing the sovereign and the substance of Indigenous recognition

Sharing the sovereign Open ForumAustralia began 2021 by changing a word in its national anthem. The phrase ‘we are young and free’, became ‘we are one and free’. The change was symbolic recognition that ‘young’ denies at least 50,000 years’ Indigenous occupation. Denial challenges the free nation that the anthem is supposed to celebrate. However, freedom and oneness are contested concepts. The purpose of recognition is also contested. When it is only symbolic, it doesn’t add to freedom or include people in the political life of the state as the Uluru Statement of the Heart imagined, writes Professor Dominic O'Sullivan, Open Forum, January 7.


A ‘culture of retribution’, sex discrimination, harassment and bullying – the undue costs of women working in Ambulance services in Australia

Ambulance services Women's AgendaAmbulance services have work to do to improve their workplace cultures and there are examples of organisations that are changing their cultures to become more inclusive, diverse, safe and fair places of work for women write Alisha McFarlane and ILWS researchers Dr Donna Bridges and Dr Ruth Townsend in Women's Agenda, December 4.

Navigating the ‘new normal’ for older Australians

Navigating new normal Belinda CashOlder Australians have had a lot to worry about this year and the COVID-19 coronavirus has placed many of them at increased risk of isolation and loneliness. ILWS Gerontology expert Dr Belinda Cash says as we begin navigating life with the virus still in our midst, it is time to shift the conversation from risk management toward safe participation. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, November 27.

Equally Well recommendations prioritised in national mental health inquiry report.

Equally Well ReportEqually Well ReportThe Australian Government’s Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Mental Health has recommended all governments implement the actions of the Charles Sturt University-led Equally Well National Consensus Statement to improve physical health and reduce premature deaths of people with mental illness, writes Professor Russell Roberts in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, November 26.

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