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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


Reconciliation, human rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Reconcilitation Human Rights Commission blogReconciliation requires substantive policy measures. It also requires secure institutional arrangements to protect indigenous authority over their own affairs, on the one hand, and substantive and distinctive participation in state decision-making on the other. It requires measures that secure indigenous people’s trust and confidence in the state and secures their acceptance that self-determination, and its constituent human rights, belong not by the government’s benevolence but by indigenous humanity writes Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan in Human Rights Consortium, Blog, School of Advanced Study, University of London, November 20.

Research supporting isolated mothers highlighted during PANDA week

PANDA week AProf M BernothResearch outcomes support clinicians, new mothers and babies.  Charles Sturt University academics Associate Professor Maree Bernoth and Dr Jo Esler reflect on findings of research, conducted with new mothers about their experience accessing support in regional and rural NSW, during Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week (Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 November). Charles Sturt University News Opinion, November 11.

World Internet Day 2020 - smart regions and intelligent campuses

World Internet DayThe internet has changed the world and offers the prospect of many things, including smart regions and intelligent campuses.  Associate Professor Xiaodi Huang says the future of the internet offers the prospect of smart regions and intelligent campuses, among other things, in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, October 28.

Would a media ownership Royal Commission achieve what Rudd wants?

Media owneship Royal CommissionAssociate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan, ILWS political expert, considers whether former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s parliamentary petition for a Royal Commission into Murdoch media’s scale and influence on democracy in Australia is the answer, and asks whether the public cares. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, October 16.

La Nina is here, but the long-term outlook is for more frequent and intense drought

La Nina is hereILWS expert in climatology, Associate Professor Andrew Hall, warns that although Australia will experience wetter than normal conditions this spring – courtesy of La Nina – in the longer term, the nation must be prepared for more frequent and intense drought. Charles Sturt University News Opinion, October 16.

Is News Corp bad for democracy?

Is News Corp bad for democracy?'Democracy is not well served by media ownership laws, or by the intellectual quality, that the news media generally contributes to public debate. Rudd’s petition therefore raises an important matter of public interest. It asks people to think carefully about what the news media is actually for, and whether it should be required to help democracy work to its potential', writes Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan in  Open Forum, October 14.

The UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples: can it create pluralist non-colonial societies?

UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous PeopleAssociate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan's new book ‘We Are All Here to Stay’citizenship, sovereignty and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, published in September, uses the Declaration to examine contemporary indigenous claims. It examines how these claims engage with prevailing liberal democratic practice to consider whether it is possible, thus far into the colonial process, to establish pluralist non-colonial societies. In  Discover Society, October 7.

Charles Sturt academic claims colonialism need not be a permanent state.

Colonialism need not be a permanent stateAssociate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan, Charles Sturt political expert, says colonialism cannot be reversed, but it doesn't have to be a permanent state either.  He says the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which New Zealand is currently thinking about implementing, shows how and why in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, October 6.

Can colonialism be reversed?  The UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides some answers.

Can colonialism be reversed?Can a state built upon the “taking of another people’s lands, lives and power” ever really be just? Colonialism can’t be reversed, so at a simple level the answer is no. But his book, ‘We Are All Here to Stay’, published in September, Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan argues colonialism need not be a permanent state in The Conversation, October 2.

Aggressive? Poisonous? Deadly? Experts debunk myths about Australian snakes.

Debunking myths about Australian SnakesAs the weather starts to warm and Australia’s snakes start to emerge, three Charles Sturt University wildlife ecologists decided to debunk a number of common myths about the reptile and say they cannot imagine a more misunderstood group of animals in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, September 29

Does Australia really have the deadliest snakes? We debunk 6 common myths

Does Australia really have the deadliest snakes? "Death by snakebite in Australia is very uncommon, with just two per year, on average, compared to 81,000-138,000 deaths from snakes annually worldwide." Myth Busters  Dr Damian Michael, Associate Professors Dale Nimmo and Skye Wassens debunk six misconceptions they, as wildlife ecologists, often hear and explain why the truth is far more fascinating.  The Conversation, September 29.

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, explores 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.

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