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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 2017 is a compilation of media coverage received by ILWS members. (It has been prepared with the assistance of CSU Media and the news monitoring service, iSentia Pty Ltd.)

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

Acoustic ObservatoryWorld first continental acoustic observatory 

Professor Dave Watson explains why Australia is the perfect candidate for a continent-wide recording array in his article in the Conversation and in an interview with ABC Am. November 30

Oxford Human Rights Hub Australia Denies Political Participation as an Indigenous Human Right

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan explores lack of political will and other challenges for the national Parliament to hear representative indigenous perspectives on policy priorities in his piece for the Oxford Human Rights Hub on November 15.

Business briefingBusiness Briefing: questioning the economics of prison

Dr Katherine McFarlane was among a group of academics interviewed for a piece in The Conversation, Oct 31 which questioned the economics of prison.  

Why chickens don't look downI've always wondered: Why chickens don't look down when they scratch?

Dr Maggie Watson, as part of The Conversation's "I've Always Wondered" series, answers this question in her article, published Oct 21

Why the Indigenous in New Zealand have fared better than those in Canada

Indigenous peoplesIndigenous peoples of Canada and New Zealand share similar experiences as subjects of British colonialism yet the Maori have fared better says Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan in his piece in The Conversation Canada, Oct 16

 Australia's species need an independent champion Drs Geoffrey Heard and Dale Nimmo were among the seven authors of an article in The Conversation, Oct 12,  calling for the role of the Federal Government's Threatened Species Commissioner to be strengthened and made independent.

 Canadian ConversationWhat New Zealand's vote means for Maori -- and potentially First Nations in Canada

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan's opinion piece in the Canadian Conversation on New Zealand's Mixed Member Proportional Representation (MMP) System and its relevance to Canada had more than 15,000 reads and was the Conversation's most read article in the week it was published on September 26.

When do baby birds begin to breathe?"

Conversation article on baby birds breathingI Have Always Wondered:…The Conversation have begun a new series where readers send in questions they'd like an expert to answer.  Drs Maggie Watson and James Van Dyke have answered the question about when baby birds begin to breathe.

Quality not just quantity

More than just waterInstitute Director Professor Max Finlayson and Dr Lee Baumgartner, together with Professor Peter Gell from Federation University, Ballarat, have written an Opinion Piece in The Conversation titled "More than just extra water needed". They say that while they broadly agree with the group's report, it is a mistake to focus on water volume alone." Without giving equal attention to improving water quality and building critical ecological infrastructure, it's possible that increasing river flows could actually harm the Basin. The piece has generated lots of comments.

Indigenous people and a liberal politics of potential

Indigeneity is a politics of potential; a theory of human agency that provides an indigenous framework for thinking about how to engage liberal societies in discourses of reconciliation, self-determination and sovereignty. Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan writes for Policy Press, University of Bristol, June 7.  

Widespread riskWidespread invasive species control is a risky business

While projects to remove invasive species may yield great benefits, we must be aware of the potential risk of unexpected and undesirable outcomes say Drs R. Keller Kopf, Dale Nimmo and Paul Humphries in the Conversation, May 24. 

The bark side The bark side: domestic dogs threaten endangered species worldwide

With an estimated one billion domestic dogs worldwide, research by Dr Dale Nimmo and colleagues reveals that the ecological "pawprint" of domestic dogs is much greater than previously realised.


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