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Backlash to uni name ploy

Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay was quoted in an article in the Border Mail with regards to a petition to stop CSU altering its name saying he saw nothing wrong with Sturt University, Jan 7 and also in a story in the Central Western Daily, Western Advocate, Border Mail, Daily Advertiser, re the possibility of changing the name to Wiradjuri University, Jan 5 (online news the day before).

Clinical waste- a major environmental burden

Dr Julia Howitt and Professor Linda Shields were among the CSU authors of a study funded by CSU Sustain which examined the volume of waste from an Australian hospital’s operating theatres, as reported in the Australian Hospital & Healthcare Bulletin. and in online news , January 7.

Fish kill in the Darling River

Ecologist Dr Lee Baumgartner was quoted in a story “Murray fishers, ecologists look nervously north” in a story that ran on line in the Border Mail, Katherine Times, Milton Ulladulla Times, The Leeton Irrigator, Eastern River Chronicle, Port Macquarie News, Southern Highland News, Inverell Times, Macleay Argus, Cootamundra Herald, Manning River Times, The Area News, Southern Cross, Goulburn Post, Namoi Valley Independent, The Armidale Express, Daily Liberal, Ballarat Courier, Warrnambool Standard, Maitland Mercury, South Coast Register, Northern Daily Leader, Bathurst Western Advocate, The North West Star, Great Lakes Advocate, Lithgow Mercury, Central Western Daily, Mudgee Guardian, Coly Point Observer, Bateman‘s Bay Post, Bendigo Advertiser, the Ararat Advertiser, Tasmanian Examiner,  The Advocate, Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Moree Champion, Esperance Express,  Liverpool Champion, Victor Harbor Times,  Narromine News, Nambucca Guardian News, Riverina Rural,  Wauchope Gazette,  Eden Magnet, Port Lincoln Times, Young Witness, Western Magazine, Hawkesbury Gazette,  Port Stephens Examiner, Jimboomba Times, The Senior, Blue Mountains Gazette, Canowindra News, Camden Advertiser, Wellington Times, Riverina Leader, West Coast Sentinel, Redland Bulletin, Kiama Independent,  and 48 other rural newspapers, Jan 9, and in The Land, Border Mail, Jan 10.

He was also quoted in a story for ABC Riverland “Mass fish die-off in Darling River could impact fish numbers in other state, Jan 15.

Lee was also interviewed for a story on WIN TV Albury, Bendigo,Shepparton, and Canberra saying that fish deaths could leader to lower native fish stocks calling for water management practice to change, Jan 16.

Human-deer conflict

Dr Jennifer Bond was featured in a story in the Border Mail re a new study looking at human-deer conflict in the North East with the North East Catchment Management Authority, January 11 with another story in the Country News insert in the Shepparton News, Jan 15 and the Corowa Free Press, Benalla Ensign, Deniliquin Pastoral Times, Seymour Telegraph, Campaspe News, Tatura Guardian, Kyabram Free Press, Riverine Herald, Cobram Courier, Yarrawonga Chronicle, Southern Riverina News, McIvor Times, Jan 17.

Spending $37,000 to promote a tax plan

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan comments on Finance Minister Mathias Cormann spending $37,000 on flights to lobby the government’s corporate tax plan on ABC News Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC News Melbourne, Drive, January 11.

Referee culture

Associate Professor Peter Simmons was interview re a review he has done on how sports’ referees are treated on ABC 24, Jan 11. His review calls for the development of a stronger and more supportive culture for referees. Also went to air ABC News TV, Sydney

Walkability research

Dr Rachel Whitsed was talking about the walkability research in Albury she is leading on ABC Mid North Coast, ABC New England, ABC Riverina, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC Central West NSW, ABC South East NSW, Jan 11.

Magnet for mosquitoes

Dr Maggie Watson spoke to Prime TV Albury. Wagga Wagga about research that scientists have discovered that some Australians have a gene that prompts mosquitoes to bite some people but leaves others alone, Jan 11.

Murray cod research

PhD student Matthew O’Connell spoke about his research on Murray cods on ABC Riverina breakfast, ABC Central West, ABC Western Plains, Jan 11.

Celebrating indigenous culture

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talks about the PM Scott Morrison’s suggestion of making January 25 the official day to celebrate indigenous culture on 2SER FM, Sydney, Jan 15

Source of algal blooms

Dr Paul Humphries was quoted in a story about the fish kills saying that algal blooms in the Murray are “usually sourced from Lake Hume” in the Sydney Morning Herald, Katherine Times, Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, Bathurst Western Advocate and 106 other regional newspapers  Jan  15. with further quotes from Paul about the effectiveness of aerators in WA Today, Brisbane Times, Canberra Times , Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Jan 16. Paul also did a radio interview calling for a scientific review into the river system  for ABC South East SA that  also went to air on ABC Broken Hill, ABC Riverland, Jan 23.

Lessons learned from previous hypoxic blackwater events

Professor Robyn Watts talks about how the use of aerators to create fish refuges has worked in the past in a story that appeared in Jan 15 with a follow-up radio interview that went to air on 6PR 882 News Talk, Eagle FM, 2GB, Macquarie Sports Radio, and 4BC 116, Jan 15; and further comments on the use of Aerators on Forever Classic 2GN Jan, 2GB Sydney, Power FM Illawarra, Jan 16, and ABC Western Plains,  and ABC Central West, Jan 17.  She was also quoted in a story on ABC Online  as an expert in ecology, management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, Jan 16. In that same article Professor John Williams, who is an ILWS Adjunct was quoted as an expert in water economics, environment and policy.

Robyn also did an extensive radio interview on ABC Canberra, Jan 19 with a mention the day before on ABC Radio Canberra Drive about setting up fish refuges during heatwaves.There was also a story in the Country News insert in the Shepparton News, Jan 22and 25.

Macadamias under attack

A story about a new research project funded by Hort Innovation and led by Professor David Watson looking the at the effect the mistletoe has on macadamia trees appeared in the Glass House Country News, Jan 16.

Use of restraints in Aged Care facilities

Associate Profess Maree Bernoth spoke on the use of restraints in Aged Care facilities and other Aged Care issues on ABC Riverina, Jan 16.

Respecting the meaning of gender and culture

There was an article in the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal written by PhD student Georgia Tziros, Professor Oliver Burmeister and Associate Professor Maree Bernoth on respecting the meaning of culture and gender for older Greek women, Feb 1.

Attracting and retaining women tradies in regional Australia

A feature story on research being undertaking by a team of CSU researchers including Dr Donna Bridges, Dr Larissa Bamberry and Associate professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko on women in the trades in regional Australia was in the Australian Education Union’s news on its website, Jan 17.

Audio recordings

PhD student Liz Znidersic spoke on ABC AM ABC with Sabra Lane on sound and sensor technology  being tested for nation’s rising feral cat infestations as part of the Five Feral Cat-Free Island which was then on ABC News radio ,ABC Radio Canberra,  ABC North West WA, ABC Goldfields, ABC MidWest and Wheatbelt AM, ABC Esperance, ABC Great Southern WA, and with others ABC radio stations in Queensland, NBSW and Tasmania, Jan 18.

Plan to help Darling River recover exists

An article in the Conversation “A good plan to help Darling River fish recover exists: so let’s get on with it”, written by Dr Lee Baumgartner and Professor Max Finlayson continues the Institute’s input into discussions around the fish kill in the Darling River, Jan 21. Republished, viw magazine, Han 21; Australian Business, Daily Bulletin,  Daily Liberal, The Adelaide Review, Jan 22, and the Barrier Daily Truth, Jan 23. The article led to Lee doing an interview for ABC 24 TV News in the evening.

He did another interview on the latest fish kill in the Menindee Lakes, also for ABS News 24, Jan 28. and an extensive interview on the current situation for ABC Country Hour which went to air for the Rural Report,  on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Riverina, ABC West Coast SA, ABC Broken Hill, ABC North and West SA, ABC West Coast SA, A BC Shepparton, ABC Gippsland, ABC West Victoria, ABC Newcastle, ABC Western Plains, ABC Ballarat, ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, Port Lincoln, Feb 4. ABC Central Victoria, Feb 6; and on NSW Country Hour, ABC Illawarra, ABC Mid North Coast, ABC South East NSW,  ABC New England North West, ABC Central West, ABC North Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Riverina,  Feb 7.

There was also a story “The ecosystem just blew up”: fish experts with quotes from Lee and Max in the Dubbo Photo News, Jan 31.

Blue green algae outbreak on Lake Hume

Dr Keller Kopf’s interview with Nine News Albury story re blue-green algae alert for Lake Hume went to air  on Southern Cross TV Albury, Jan 21.

Social and economic development

An article written by Professor Manohar Pawar on “Social development and economic development: a case for integration” was published in the January issue of the International Council of Social Welfare’s Global Cooperation Newsletter.

Financial rewards to encourage private conversation on farms

Professor Max Finlayson’s radio interview re a $55M deal which will see two properties on the Lower Lachlan jointly managed between an environmental charity and an agricultural group and his comments that governments could be providing more financial rewards to encourage private conservation efforts on farms was aired on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC News Radio, ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt AM, ABC Esperance, ABC Great Southern WA, ABC Kimberley, ABC South West WA, ABC Perth, ABC Far North Queensland, ABC Western Queensland, ABC Radio National, A BC World Today,   and 15 other ABC radio stations throughout the country, Jan 23; ABC Central West, ABC Riverina, Jan 24

Impact on ongoing heat

Dr John Rafferty in his regular spot on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast spoke about the impact of congoing hot temperatures on the body and climate change in general, Jan 24.

Is it safe to run when pregnant?

A Conversation article “We asked five experts is it safe to run while pregnant” with co-author Professor Rylee A. Dionigi was published Jan 28. Republished in online news services Essential Baby, Jan 29

Coming up to the election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the state of play coming up to the NSW elections on ABC Western Plains, Jan 29.

Call for unity re fish kills

Associate Professor Skye Wassens talked about the conditions that have led to the fish kills on Forever Classic 2GN, 2NM Muswellbrook, National Rural News, Jan 29.

Balranald Shire Council connection

The General Manager of the Balranald Shire Council, Michael Kitzelman, said he was meeting with professors from ILWS in relation to the fish kills  and a need to better manage local water and local resources, on 2GB Sydney, Jan 29.

Innovation for wildlife

Professor David Watson leads a CSU sustainability team that is creating high-tech 3D printing nesting boxes to protect wildlife such as gliders and parrots. He says it is an exciting innovation for wildlife.  Story on 2TM Tamworth , 2LT Local News,  an interview for Prime TV Albury, and radio interviews for Jan 29, 2BH, 2HD, 2SM,  Jan 30. He also did an interview for ABC Goulburn Murray, breakfast, Jan 30 and ABC Central West NSW, Jan 31.  Story was also in the Daily Advertiser, Feb 1 and the Country News insert in the Shepparton News, Feb 5. There was also a radio interview about the project on ABC Newcastle, Feb 4, ABC Riverland, and ABC South East SA, ABC Northern Tasmania, Launceston, TAS Country Hour, and more stories in the,,,,,, Shepparton News Online,,,,, Deniliquin Pastoral Times, Riverine Herald, Feb 5. Story was also picked up by ABC Ballarat, Feb 8

Comments on Aged Care report

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke on NSW Statewide Drive in response to the key findings of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Aged Care’s latest report which went to air on ABC Mid North Coast, ABC New England North West, ABC Riverina, ABC Western Plains, ABC Central West, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC South East NSW, Jan 31.

Benefits of mistletoe

A story focussing on the benefits of mistletoe quoting Professor David Watson by the Mudgee District Environment Group was in the Mudgee Guardian & Gulgong Advertiser, Jan 31.



Protecting the world’s wetlands:  5 essential reads

Professor Max Finlayson was one of the experts quoted in a special release by The Conversation for World Wetland Day (Feb 2) Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads, which came out on Feb 1, the story was picked up in the US by the Chicago Tribune on Jan 31.

Meeting with ILWS

A meeting with representatives from the Balranald Shire and ILWS members to discuss an integrated waterway management plan was referred to in a radio interview with the Shire’s General Manager on ABC Central West,  ABC Mid North Coast NSW, on Feb 1.

Wetlands in serious decline

Professor Max Finlayson says recent fish kills are symptoms of a “global malaise” towards wetlands which are in decline world-wide in a story in the Border Mail, February 4. This followed a radio interview on the decline of wetlands that Max did for World Wetlands Day ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, Feb 1 which followed a CSU out on Jan 31 that was picked up by online news service miragenews, Max was also interviewed by Prime News Albury re a webinar held as part of World Wetlands Day, Feb 5.

Federal Politics

In his regular radio segment, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the government closing the gap in polling but that there was still a long way to go on ABC Central West and ABCX Western Plains, Feb 1.

Reasons for thunderstorms

Professor Kevin Parton who is studying weather patterns in the Central West NSW believes there is a co-relation between high temperatures and thunderstorms in a story in the Central Western Daily, Forbes Advocate, Cowra Guardian, Oberon Review, Grenfell Record, Nyngan Observer, Western Magazine, Canowindra News, Parkes Champion-Post, Narromine News, and four other regional newspapers, Feb 1, South Coast Register, Daily Liberal Feb 2 and Lithgow Mercury, Feb 5.

How to save fish in the Darling River without more water

Institute Adjunct Professor Mallen-Cooper gave his views on what can be done to revive the Lower Darling River in a story that appeared in Stock & Land, The Land, North Queensland Register, Queensland Country Life, Stock Journal Australia, Farm Online, Farm Weekly, Feb 1, Queensland Country Life, Feb 3. with another piece in The Land, Stock & Land, Farm Online, Queensland Country Life, North Queensland Register, Feb 7

Appointment to fish death panel

Dr Lee Baumgartner’s appointment by the Federal Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud to the Federal Government’s Darling River Panel to review fish deaths in that river was picked up by the Sunraysia Daily, Mildura, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill, and Feb 5 with news reports on ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, Feb 6.

Key trade partner

Australia could prevail as a key trade partner as Britain’s exist from the EU looms says Professor Steven D’Alessandro on Southern Cross TV Wollongong, Southern Cross ACT, Nine News Canberra, Southern Cross Wagga Wagga, Southern Cross Nice Central West, Feb 5.

Blue green algae

Dr Julia Howitt spoke about the blue-green algae outbreak at Sumsion Gardens, Wodonga, on Southern Cross Albury, Feb 5.

Commentary on fish kills

Institute researchers continue to be asked by media for input into this discussion. Professor Max Finlayson spoke on 2bs about what else was needed after the review teams reported, Feb 6.

Floods play a vital role

A Conversation article written by Dr Paul Humphries in 2016 “Floods play a vital role in ecosystems – it’s time to get out of their way” has been republished by the Australian News Daily, Feb 11.–-it-s-time-to-get-out-of-their-way

Abuse of children in care

A Conversation article written by A/Prof Kath McFarlane in 2016 “Northing to see here? The abuse and neglect of children in care is a century-old story in Australia” was republished by the Australian News Daily, Feb 11

Letter to the PM on Climate Change

An  Open Letter to the Prime Minister on the climate crisis, from 154 scientists included Dr Melanie Massaro and Prof David Watson, originally published in the Conversation has been republished in the Australian News Daily, Feb 11

When do baby birds begin to breathe

A Conversation article “written by Dr Maggie Watson, “I have always wondered: when do baby birds begin to breathe?” was republished in the, Feb 10

Indigenous recognition in our constitution matters

A Conversation article written by A/Prof Dominic O’Sullivan “Indigenous recognition in our constitution matters and will need greater political will to achieve” was republished by the Feb 10 with another Conversation Piece Planned closure of charter schools in New Zealand prompt debate about self-determination, also published by Feb 11

Wild bee and butterfly decline

A Conversation article written by former ILWS post-doc Dr Manu Saunders “Neonicotinoids linked to wild bee and butterfly declines in Europe and US” was republished by the Feb 11

The Crown is Māori too

A Conversation on Feb 8 article “The Crown is Māori too –citizenship, sovereignty and the Treat of Waitangi” written by A/Prof Dominic O’Sullivan was republished by Daily Bulletin, Feb 8,,, Australian Business, Feb 9

Political update

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan speaks about the current situation in politics, looking at the elections coming up and parliament resuming next week, on ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, with another regular segment talking about the political reaction to the Banking Royal Commission and other current political issues on  ABC Central West, Feb 8.

Enough supply

Dr Jonathon Howard was quoted in a story in the Daily Liberal, Dubbo, Western Advocate, Bathurst,  Central Western Daily, Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Mudgee Guardian, Bathurst Western Advocate, Lithgow Mercury, Daily Liberal, Narromine News, Western Magazine, Blayney Chronicle, Wellington Times, and eight other regional NSW newspapers, saying that there is enough supply in the Central West’s various dams to keep the towns and cities of the region watered, Feb 12. The story was also picked up as a news item on Radio 2EL, Feb 12.ttps://

Australia is the canary

Dr Keller Kopf has written an Opinion Piece “Australia is the canary, and the coal mine, for the world when it comes to water stress”, that appeared in The Guardian, Feb 11.

Rights of indigenous people

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan had a piece “The universal declaration of human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples at an 80th anniversary reflection” published in the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Feb 12.

Australian rural communities and healthy rivers

Adjunct Dr John Williams was on ABC The Drum, saying that we've got the science to go through drought and keep our rivers healthy.  We have just got to find the political will, Feb 12.

Federal Govt loses vote in House of Representatives

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the sitting government's loss on the medivac bill and why the Government is declining to extend the Parliament's seating days. He then discussed the both parties' plans and promises ahead of the Federal Election on ABC Central West, Feb 14, and ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton Feb 15.

NSW general election

Wagga’s minor party candidates have taken heart in a poll that shows one-in-four NSW voters will not back Labor or the Coalition at the state election but Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan believes the poll suggests a bigger impact on Parliament’s upper house, The Daily Advertiser Feb 18.

Feral cat cull: why the 2 million target is on scientifically shaky ground

Associate Professor Dale Nimmo et al write that the Australian government’s target of killing 2 million feral cats by 2020 attracted significant public interest and media attention when it was unveiled in 2015. But in their new research, published Feb 19 in Conservation Letters, they explain why it has a shaky scientific foundation in The Conversation, February 20 and was republished online February 20. The article led to Dale speaking about the problem of feral cats on ABC Riverina, Feb 22.

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talks about what is happening in politics including for the seat of Farrer, the possibility of Susan Ley retiring from politics and the chances of an Independent (like Albury Mayor Cr Kevin Mack) winning the seat, on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, Feb 22.

Swing to the coalition

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on ABC Central West talks about the swing in the polls to the coalition and why this has occurred (even though Labour is still leading the polls), as well as commenting on  Julie Bishop announcing her retirement from Parliament, on ABC Central West, Feb 22.

New committee to tackle domestic violence

ILWS member Dr Stacey Jenkins are on the Equity Steering Committee, a new committee set up by Wagga City Council to help change community norms, attitudes and behaviours towards women, as announced on Triple M, Feb 22 and in the Daily Advertiser, Feb 23..

Regional Seniors transport card

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says the Nationals’ plan to offer a $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card was a way of the party trying to make itself relevant to rural people in an article in the Central Western Daily, Lithgow Mercury, Feb 23. He was quoted in another story “Pull of promises: Will Orange’s ‘undecided voters’ be swayed by election pledges?” also in the Central Western Daily, Feb 23 and with a similar story “The NSW Government has made many promises to Central West voters’ in the Blayney Chronicle, Feb 22..

Women in Prison

Associate Professor Katherine MacFarlane was quoted in a story “Women in prison: ‘It took six months of anguish to get my child’” re her views on exploitation and abuse,  that appeared in The Guardian, Feb 24

Youth Justice system in Australia

Associate Professor Katherine McFarlane was quoted in a story about how the youth justice system works in Australia on SBS Hindi, Feb 26. with another report on another Indian broadcast channel,, Feb 28

Health of natural water systems

Dr Paul Humphries discussed the problems of natural water systems saying that they tend to arise with development and human habitation in a story in the Camden Haven Courier, Feb 21,  Port Macquarie News, Feb 24 with a follow-up story in the Camden Haven Courier, Feb 27 and  another story in the Port Macquarie News, March 1.

Meaning of culture and gender for older Greek women

There was an article written by Georgia Tziros, Oliver Burmeister and Maree Bernoth “Focus: Men’s/Women’s/Sexual health” with a focus on understanding gender and culture in welfare settings, that appeared in the February issue of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal.



This week in politics

In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discuss political topics of the day including Ita Buttrose’s appointment as chair of the ABC, the government overstating the medivac case surrounding Nauru and Manus Island, the fact that there has been no more swings in recent opinion polls towards the ALP, on March 1 and similarly on ABC Central West NSW, discussing the government’s establishment of a royal commission into the abuse of people with disabilities the ALPs proposal of a $640m levy on banks to support ripped off customers and the latest polls, March 1.

Not long enough

Dr Yapa Bandara says that two years isn’t long enough for migrants to settle in regional areas with regards to then Regional Migration program on ABC Riverina., March 1.

Independent dilemma

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan commented on the effectiveness of independents in the political arena in an article in the Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga, March 2.

All things science

Dr John Rafferty had his regular spot on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings talking about science related topics on March 5.

Ovens River research symposium

Dr Paul Humphries is one of the speakers at a two day research symposium (La Trobe University, CSU and North East CMA) exploring the cultural and natural values of the Ovens River on March 7 and 8 in Wangaratta as reported in the Wangaratta Chronicle, March 6.

Walkability Project

Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed spoke on Prime News Albury about her walkability project which involves monitoring the movements of people over 65, March 6.

Wetlands worth more than $47 trillion a year

AusSMC has put out a release on a paper by Institute Adjunct Professor Nick Davidson saying that global wetlands are worth the equivalent of US$47 trillion a year, March 7.$47-trillion-a-year

McCormack as Nationals leader

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the inter-party controversy regarding Michael McCormack remaining the leader of the National Party into the Federal election as reported in the North West Star, March 8.

Macadamias and mistletoe

Professor David Watson spoke about research he has done on mistletoe in macadamian orchards on Forever Classic 2GN; 2NM Muswellbrook, National Rural News, March 8

This weeks in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discussed the Prime Minister’s visit to Christmas Island, Australia GDP, the Government’s report into wage theft, on ABC Central West, March 8. On ABC Shepparton, March 8 he spoke about the intense dislike of former PM Malcolm Turnbull by some in the Liberal Party, the Deputy Leader of the Nationals Bridget McKenzie making a number of funding announcements through the Building Better Regions who by doing so, snubbed the Federal member for Indi Cathy McGowan at the very least, and the Coalition’s promise of funding for schools.

Women’s Wealth

Dr Dianna McGrath talks about the opportunities for women financial planners in an article “Who runs the world? The revolution we needed to have in financial planning” in Women’s Agenda, March 11.

Aged Care Royal Commission

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth says throwing money at the aged care sector and having more scrutiny was not the solution to the issues the sector faced ahead of her giving evidence at the Aged Care Royal Commission, on ABC Riverina, March 11 and another report March 13, also on ABC Riverina.

Comments on the SFF Party

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan comments on Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party which is said to be ahead in the Nationals Party in the race for the seat of Murray, on Nine News Riverina, March 12 with other comments around the Nationals being desperate to get the seat of Wagga back for the Coalition on Prime 7 Wagga Wagga, March 13.

Birds and vineyards

Dr Rebecca Peisley’s PhD study which, among other things, involved the installation of perches in vineyards in Victoria, was mentioned in a story “organic vineyards protect bird populations, and birds return the favour” in the magazine, Food & Drink, March 12.

This week in Politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke on ABC Goulburn Murray about the coming NSW State Election, the ALPs promises of funding for schools, hospitals and roads if elected and Michael Daly’s encounter with broadcaster Alan Jones, on March 13

Riverina Climate Change

Dr Jonathon Howard says a report by the Australian Conservation Foundation and ANU was “spot on” in its predictions that Wagga will cease to experience a traditional winter with average maximum temperatures increasing by more than four degrees, in a story in the Daily Advertiser, March 13.

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the question of whether or not there should be a state subsidy on new coal-fired power stations, the student strike for climate change, the ALPs proposed change from minimum wage to living wage, and the Coalition’s expected offer of big personal income tax cuts, on ABC Central West, March 15.

Eucalypt of the Year

Professor David Watson is billed as one of the experts for a competition to announce Eucalypt of the Year on National Eucalypt Day as promoted in a press release on medianet, March 18

Academia Award

Dr Lihong Zheng who received the Cisco Academia Award at the Women in IT Awards recently was interviewed on Prime TV Wagga Wagga, March 19 with a full story in the PortMac news, March 19 and mention in an article in Women’s Agenda, March 22.

Push for legal rights

Dr John Rafferty was speaking on ABC Goulburn Murray about the increasing push to give nature legal rights in his regular science program, on March 21.

Comment on NSW State Election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan gave his views on the upcoming NSW State Election saying it would be a close result in an article in Wagga Wagga’s Daily Advertiser, March 21; in his regular segment on ABC Central West NSW, March 22 where he also commented on a petition that 1.3 million people have signed asking for Fraser Anning to be expelled from the Senate; on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, March 22, where he also commented on the Federal Government’s new migration policy and its impact on NSW; and in Southern Cross News, March 22.

Representation of Maoris

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan was quoted in an article in Indian Country Today regarding the representation of Maoris in the New Zealand Parliament,  March 22 with another mention in an Opinion Piece by Mark Trahant: American ‘Democracy’ should include more native voices,, March 25.

After the election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says Wagga’s new independent MP Joe Mc Girr will be in a strong position in the new parliament in an article in the Daily Advertiser, March 25.

White supremacism

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan discusses how white supremacism, the ideology driving the Christchurch killer, is prominent and influential in our politics and says racism’s pervasive influence is a deeper problem for which decisive and unequivocal national leadership is required, in The Open Forum March 28

Sustainable Development Goals

Each of the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has special relevance for the world’s 500 million indigenous people. They are among the world’s poorest and most alienated from public decision-making. Yet, they are increasingly using international forums like the UN to exercise an assertive and decisive political voice, writes Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his article in Impakter,, March 28

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on ABC Central West and ABC Western Plains talked One Nation Party and the expected large surplus in next week’s Federal Budget on March 29.


After the Federal Budget

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the political impact on the Central West in terms of the money the proposed budget would put into the region on ABC Western Plains and ABC Central West, April 4

Postnatal depression support tool

A call for Riverina women to take part in a new research project with CSU (Associate Professor Maree Bernoth) and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District evaluating an online tool to support women with postnatal depression in rural and remote areas was on Triple M Riverina, April 4.Associate Professor Bernoth was also interviewed for a stories aired on Prime7 TV Wagga Wagga, North Coast, Lismore, Port Macquarie; Southern Cross TV Wagga Wagga,  Win News, Riverina, 9News Riverina April 4 and 2BS Bathurst April 4; Win TV Canberra, April 5; ABC Riverina, April 8 and a story in the Daily Advertiser, April 4.

Teaming up with Balranald Shire Council

Mention was made on ABC Riverina by the general manager of the Balranald Shire Council about how it is teaming up with CSU (ILWS) and SEGRA for a proposed two year study into managing waterways in a hotter, drier climate which will pioneer a new system of river and wetland management, on ABC Riverina, ABC Illawarra, ABC Mid North Coast, ABC New England, ABC New England North West, ABC South East NSW, ABC North Coast, ABC Coffs Coast, April 4; ABC Mildura, April 5.

This week in politics

In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the up-coming federal election, the budget as an election document and that Cathy McGowan MP, (who will not re-stand) was well-regarded in her electorate as she has the ability to engage with the community, April 5. Also aired on ABC Shepparton, April 5.

Jobs, acceptance key to settlement success

A story written by a LaTrobe University student on a presentation given by Institute Adjunct Professor Bruce Pennay about the need for jobs to be waiting for migrants at a forum at LaTrobe’s Wodonga campus, was published in the Daily Liberal, Border Mail, Daily Advertiser,  Bendigo Advertiser, Launceston Examiner, Ballarat Courier, Warrnambool Standard, Avon Valley Advocate, Lakes Mail, Guyra Argus, Kingscote Islander, Port Pirie Recorder, and 99 other rural regional newspapers across Australia,  April 6.

New era of press freedom

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan‘s article in the Conversation about New Zealand journalists being arrested in Fiji and a new era of press freedom is yet to arrive was picked up the Daily Bulletin, April 9.

Why the fish deaths happened and why it could happen again

The release of a report for the Government on the fish deaths in the Darling River earlier this year, of which Dr lee Baumgartner was a co-author, generated an article in The Conversation and media interest with stories on ABC News, April 10; comments from Lee on ABC Goulburn-Murray, ABC Riverina, April 11.A version of the Conversation article appeared in Open Forum, April 15.

Surveillance cameras not the answer

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth says installing surveillance cameras in nursing homes will not solve the sickness problem referring to a 12 month trial in South Australian aged care homes, and that the money provided by the Federal Government should be used to increase staffing levels, increase education and provide better support for carers, on ABC Adelaide, ABC West Coast SA, ABC North and West SA, ABC Broken Hill, April 12.

Ley hard to beat

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says that the Federal Member for Farrer Sussan ley will be tough to beat in the May 18 poll, on Prime 7 Albury, April 12. He also spoke in a similar vein on the current political climate in his regular segments on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, and also ABC Central West April 12.

Missing children numbers

Dr Emma Colvin was quoted in a story in The Age saying that it was unreasonable that the NSW Government is refusing to say how many children living in out-of-home care have gone missing long-term, April 14. Also published in the Sun-Herald

Trauma in the aged care sector

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth and her views on the aged care sector in Australia were presented as part of a report on SBS, Two Australians share their stories of trauma in the aged care sector, April 23,

Treated water and algal blooms

Dr Julia Howitt was interviewed re the use of treated water and algal blooms in a story about the problems of Wagga Wagga’s Lake Albert on Win News Riverina, April 23.

Global content rules

Dr Travis Holland, a communications researcher, was quoted in an article in the Australian Business Review re Facebook’s acknowledgement that it needs to review its policies re the storing of sensitive data, April 26.

Tiny field

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan was quoted in a story in the Daily Advertiser saying that the Nationals’ stronghold in the Riverina has deterred more minor parties and independents from running in the 2019 Federal election, April 25 and in the Cowra Guardian, April 29.

Silo breakers in chemistry

Dr Julia Howitt has named as one of the top ‘silo breakers’ in chemistry on Twitter (for The Australasians) in an article that appeared in Chemical and Engineering News, in April


Spider on the flyscreen door

Dr Jonathon Howard, in the occasional series of articles he writes for the Border Mail, Living Lightly, wrote  the unique ogre-faced spider, May 1.

Independent Candidate for Eden-Monaro

Nine News Riverina interviewed Associate Professor in Politics Dominic O’Sullivan, who says for independents to do well there needs to be unique circumstances and unique conditions don’t seem to be present in Eden-Monaro, Nine News Riverina May 3.

Can Shooters and Fishers party perform in the Upcoming Federal Election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan was interviewed as the political expert about the resources of the Shooters and Fishers party and their decision to only field one candidate in the Riverian region in the upcoming Federal Election on ABC Western Plains and ABC North Coast NSW, May 3.

Latest NewsPoll and Federal Election preferences

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discussed the validity of the methodology of NewsPoll, conducted by NewsCorp and the accuracy of their polls coming into the Federal election on ABC Goulburn Murray, May 3. Also aired on ABC Shepparton.

Lesson to be careful: expert

Expert Analysis:  While politicians should be held accountable for what they post on social media, members of the public should consider how harshly they judge says Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in the Daily Liberal, May 6.

Rob Oakeshott standing as an Independent for Cowper

Comparing the two electorates of Lyne and Cowper and the chances of Rob Oakeshott as an independent Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan said the differences in people’s perspectives and their place in the world make each electorate very different. He says Rob has a good chance in Cowper given his high profile and previous experience. ABC Western Plains, ABC new England, ABC Central West, ABC Mid North Coast, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Western Plains, May 7

Prime Minister’s Visit to Albury

After answering a yar waa question Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan shared insights on the importance of the seats of Indi and Farrer to the Liberal Party as Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Albury Tuesday May 7 to announce funding promises if returned to office, ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray May 7.

Mistletoe not kiss of death for bush

Mistletoe in the Mid West was put in the spotlight when Professor David Watson spoke to a gathering at Lottery House in Geraldton, WA on May 1,  about the important role mistletoes play in the bush ecosystem, that most tress had a parasite that didn’t kill the tree but acted as a sort of companion, giving benefit to other organisms and species that the tree could not give., Midwest Times and Northern Guardian, May 8.

Rivers no longer flowing freely

Dr Lee Baumgartner was quoted in an article in the National Geographic “Two-thirds of the longest rivers no longer flow freely—and it's harming us saying  overall fish populations in Australia are at an estimated 10 per cent of what they were before industrialisation, when the country’s rivers began to be modified, May 8.

Endangered species

Following the release of a United Nations report warning that close to one million species around the world face extinction, Dr John Rafferty says a new approach to the environment was needed with people looking not only at the economic impact of their decisions but the environmental ones in an article ‘NSW State of the Environment Report: "We are doing something totally wrong", in the Wellington Times, Parkes-Champion Post, May 10 and another “Endangered: Species of the Central West that are listed as critically endangered” that appeared in the Western Advocate, May 11, on argentina May 11, online news service Newswire may 10

Racism alleged as Indigenous children taken from families

A Conversation article written by Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, Racism alleged as Indigenous children taken from families – even though state care often fails them was republished in the Daily Bulletin, Viw Magazine, May 14

Smart drumline trial

A story about an ILWS research project gauging community views re SMART drum-line trials at Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula appeared in about regional, May 20, and the Rio ACT, May 21

Political comment on the Federal election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan continued to be kept busy in the lead-up to the Federal Election with commentary/comments on:

  • In his regular segments on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, and ABC Central West NSW about the poor quality of candidates and the withdrawal of some candidates, May 10
  • Political campaigning towards certain demographics in the community being vitally important in a story about the electorate of Calare’s future not so certain, in the Blayney Chronicle, Namoi Valley Independent, Oberon Review,  May 13, Lithow Mercury, Western Magazine, May 14, and in a story “Swing against the Nats is coming” in the Western Advocate, May 14,  Daily Liberal, May 15, Moree Champion, May 16
  • Changing trends in political advertising on a radio interview on ABC Western Plains, May 16
  • Impacts of negative advertising in a story about the 2019 Cowper campaign in the Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun, May 16
  • Upcoming election and related issues (relations with China, how-to-vote cards, Bob Hawke’s death, speeches before the election from PM Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten) in his regular segments on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, ABC Central West NSW, May 17
  • Predicting that the Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley will hang on to her seat as will  Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, on Prime 7 News, May 17
  • “Australia’s drought wilts support for government in rural heartlands” in, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, May 16,  Euronews, Reuters Africa,  May 17

Professor of Economics, John Hicks was also called upon by the media for prior to the election.  Media included:

Dr Larissa Bamberry, co-author of a study into the motives of multiple job holders was interviewed on ABC News for comment, for a story Bill Shorten says a million Australians are doing two jobs and a million are underemployed. Is he correct? May 13

And after the election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan commented on

Comment on University’s registration

Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, in her role as branch president of the NETU, says that the union was happy to see that the regulator was giving some of the issues of concern at CSU its attention, on ABC Mid North Coast, ABC Coffs Coast, May 22.

The Science of Stuff

Dr John Rafferty, in his regular science segment on ABC Goulburn Murray, discusses flu vaccinations, and vaccinations in general, May 23

Raising concerns about the carp virus

Dr Keller Kopf expressed his concern about the potential risk of releasing the carp herpes virus in a story that appeared in ABC Online, Press Australia, May 27

Recognition of Indigenous people

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan expressed his views about the Constitution of Australia, to this day, still not recognising Indigenous people on 2SER, May 29

Australia’s first Indigenous Cabinet Minister

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan commented about Australia having its first Aboriginal cabinet minister, Ken Wyatt, who has been chosen to be Australia’s Minister for indigenous Australians, in The Voice of Nigeria, and the Asian Age, May 28

Wodonga Historical Society grant

A story about the Wodonga Historical Society getting a $14,400 grant to digitalise copies of the Albury Banner and Wodonga Express appeared in the Border Mail, May 30. Institute Adjunct Associate professor Bruce Pennay supported the grant process. The digitisation is part of a wider project that began last year when the Albury and District Historical Society won a grant from the NSW regional cultural fund.

Interesting times ahead

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray discusses the “interesting times ahead” for Australian politics, May 30.

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan continued his analysis of “what happened” to the Labour Party at the Federal Election in his regular segment on ABC Central West NSW, May 31.


Clean-up part of developing Carp control plan

A press release released by the National Carp Control Program features Dr Luiz Silva saying that the clean-up of dead fish was a key part of developing the Carp control plan. Picked up by AAP-PR Newswire, June 4;Sock Journal, June 7. Luiz also did TV interviews on the subject for Prime 7 Orange, Wagga Wagga, and ABC Riverina, June 6. The story was followed up with comments from the National coordinator of the National Carp Control Plan on ABC Central Victoria, June 11.The Land also ran an editorial “Carp virus sounding more practical now”, June 20. Also picked up  by on July 8

Indigenous self-determination

An article in The Conversation by Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan “Budget lessons in the politics of Indigenous self-determination”  has been picked up by the, the New Delhi News, , the Daily Bulletin, June 5.

Currawong research

Dr Melanie Massaro’s research on the Lord Howe Island Currawong around a rodent eradication scheme on the island was featured in the Science mag, June 5 and then picked up by  PrimeTimes.In , June 6 ,, June 7;, June 10

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about what’s happening in politics both in Australia and overseas including on tax cuts, Trump and China, the seizing of information from the ABC by Australia’s Federal Police, on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray, June 7 and also on and the deteriorating economy, in  his separate segment on ABC Central West NSW, June 7.

Pushing us to the limit

In a story “Pregnancy, the Tour de France and other endurance events push us towards the same limit” exercise scientist Professor Frank Marino comments on a US study on extreme endurance events saying that it had application for athletes and understanding how our health is tied up to how we expand and use energy, on ABC News, on line, June 6. Story also ran on, June 7.

Political news

Associate Professor Dominic O’ Sullivan commented on the Adani mine’s go ahead, the legend that was Bob Hawke, former Australian Prime Minister and other political issues in his regular sessions on  ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, and ABC Central West, June 14.

Tree kangaroo’s blindness

Dr Andrew Peters, a senior lecturer in wildlife health and pathology comments on one of Australia’s most unique animals, the Lumholtz tree kangaroo, that is going blind because of a mystery virus, on ABC News, June 17 He was also interviewed on the subject on ABC Kimberley, ABC Esperance, AB C Radio National, ABC TV News Darwin, ABC Riverland, ABC Alice Springs, ABC Broken Hill,  and 19 other ABC Radio stations around the country. Story also ran on Channel 7, Cairns, all June 17.

Cane Toad research

Professer Rick Shine who was in Albury to give a presentation on his research on cane toads at a seminar organised by the CSU Postdoctoral Society at the Albury-Wodonga campus, was  interviewed by Prime TV, as was organiser of the event Dr Adam Frew, for Prime TV news Orange, Wagga Wagga and Albury, June 19.

Appointment to Regional Arts NSW Board

Dr Travis Holland’s appointment to the Regional Arts N SW Board was featured in the Western Advocate, June 20.

Memo to the environment minister: a river does need all its water

An article in the Conversation by Dr Paul Humphries, Memo to the environment minister: a river does need all its water,  in response to the new Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley’s comments in an interview with Nine Newspapers “Sometimes the environment doesn’t need all its water but farmers desperately do need water” was picked up by the Australia News Daily, June 20 and the Barrier Daily Truth, June 24

Science of Stuff

Dr John Rafferty spoke about microplastics among other things in his regular segment on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray, June 20.

A bad sign for local media

The closure of four WIN news offices will have an impact on CSU’s journalism graduates according to Dr Travis Holland, as reported in the Central Western Daily, Forbes Advocate, June 20 and the Daily Liberal, Western Advocate, June 21.

Website for reporting fish kills in the Murray Darling Basin

Dr Jonathon Howard has created a website which allows fish kills to be reported throughout the Murray Darling Basin as reported in the Border Mail, June 21 with Jonathon doing interviews for ABC AM (Warwick Long) that aired on ABC Broken Hill, ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Central West, ABC Western Plains and nine other regional ABC stations, 2DU 1251AM and WIN TV Albury, June 20. On June 21, story also aired on ABC NewsRadio, ABC South West WA, ABC Esperance, ABC Goldfields, ABC Radio National, and 18 other ABC regional stations Prime News 7 Orange, with another story in the Barrier Daily Truth, June 24. Also on July 8 with another story in the Sunraysia Daily, July 10

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on Australian politics discusses various issues including tax (GST) distribution among states, medical assistance for asylum seekers on Nauru Island etc on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, June 21.

Walkability project

The findings of the Walkability project for regional Australia led by Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed were featured on a story in the Border Mail “CSU Walkability in regional Australia project takes steps to help older walkers”, June 29 and a TV news piece on Prime 7 Albury, June 28.

This week in politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, in his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, June 28,  discusses political topics of the week including the banning of phones in some classrooms, changes to thresholds for tax rates and trade tensions with China, with a similar thing on ABC Central West, June 28.


Sloane’s Froglet

There was a story on Prime TV Albury about school children planting trees at Corowa to help save the endangered Sloane’s Froglet with an interview with Dr Alexandra Knight, July 2 and also in The McIvor Times “From little things big things grow” July 10.

This week in Politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the long and short term implications of the Government’s changes to tax rates, and whether or not former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop have breached the ministerial code in terms of getting the breathing space between their former minister positions and a new job which benefits from those positions on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, July 5 and similarly on ABC Central West, July 5.

Can we question our food self-sufficiency wish?

An Opinion Piece written by ILWS PhD student Sangay Wangchuk discussing food self-sufficiency in Bhutan was published in Kuensel, July 6.

Dying with Dignity

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says it was a matter of conscience in response to a story about Wagga MP Joe McGirr being criticised for his views relating to opposing any voluntary euthanasia laws in the Daily Advertiser, July 8.

Forum tackles climate change

A report on a climate change forum organised by  the Snowy Valleys Council with guest speakers Professor Max Finlayson and Institute Adjunct Peter Waterman was published in the Tumut and Adelong Times, June 3, and on-line July 12

Bhutan and global top 10 biodiversity hotspots

Opinion piece by PhD student Sangay Wangchuk about the biodiversity status of Bhutan in Kuensel, July 13.

Better ways

Professor Max Finlayson says that Australia should be looking at better ways to protect our wetlands and waterways which could include  tax benefits for people (farmers) doing the right thing for the environment, on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Riverina, ABC South West Australia, July 9. The interview was in response to the program that evening on the rorts coming out of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on Four Corners.The interview then went to air on ABC Ballarat, July 15 and ABC Gippsland, July 17

How to improve health outcomes for Indigenous people by making space for self-determination

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan wrote an Opinion Piece for the Conversation on how to improve the health of indigenous people by making space for self-determination, published July 12. He writes:" Indigenous public policy fails consistently. The research evidence is compelling. Across post-settler colonial societies like New Zealand, Australia and Canada, schooling is not as effective for Indigenous citizens, employment and housing outcomes are not as good, and health outcomes are worse.:” It was picked up by Indigenous Architecture, Daily Bulletin, July 12.

Endangered Bunyip bird

Dr Wayne Robinson is the co-author of an article “Meet the endangered Bunyip bird living in Australia’s rice paddies”, based on a paper just published, which refers to the Australasian bittern, on 2LT National News July 16. Also picked up by Thailand.News.Net, kevinswildside.wordpress.comJuly 16


The Institute’s collaboration with the National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre was mentioned in an interview with NAPREC’s chairperson Louise Burge, on ABC Riverina FM, July 16.

CSU lecture on mass fish deaths

There is a report in the Central West Daily on Dr Lee Baumgartner’s up-coming lecture on the mass fish kill and his role on the Government’s independent review panel as part of CSU-Exploration series, July 16.

Enhancing industry development and employment growth in regional NSW and Victoria

There was a report on 2AD 1134AM based on a CSU media release on a study being done by Institute economists  on enhancing industry development and employment growth in regional NSW and Victoria, July 17.

30 years of Charles Sturt University

Dr Lee Baumgartner and Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay was featured and quoted in a story that the Border Mail ran on the university’s celebrations for Foundation Day in Albury, July 17;  Dr Pennay in a “memory” story written by Jodie Bruton, for the Southern cross,