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
Grant 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.
In 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.
Dr 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.
In 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.
"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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
Dr 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
The 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.
In 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.
ILWS'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
The 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.
On 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
Opinion: 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.
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.
When 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.
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.
Dr 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.