8.1 C
Melbourne
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Home Authors Posts by Guest Author

Guest Author

2312 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Can governments mandate a COVID vaccination? Balancing public health with human rights – and what the law says

can governments mandate a covid vaccination? balancing public health with human rights – and what the law says
0
Image: Shuttlestock Earlier in 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expected the COVID-19 vaccine to be mandatory. He later backtracked, noting the government “can’t hold someone down and make them take it”. But should it be able to mandate vaccination in the interests of public health? Some argue mandatory...

3 ways to transform our ‘Soviet-style’ aged-care mess into a system that puts older Australians first

3 ways to transform our ‘soviet-style’ aged-care mess into a system that puts older australians first
0
Picture: Shuttlestock Australia’s aged-care system is in sore need of transformation. This is becoming increasingly clear. If the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety — whose interim report was titled Neglect — was not enough to demonstrate the need for change, the tragic impact of...

Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arrive

planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arrive
0
Image: Shuttlestock As restrictions ease around the country and the prospect of travel beckons, many of us will be planning road trips for the holiday season. To ensure your trip is memorable in the best rather than the worst way, here are some things you...

Coon’s rebranding dilemma: polishing a brand name to stay out of controversy

coon’s rebranding dilemma: polishing a brand name to stay out of controversy
0
Picture: Bianca De Marchi/AAP The makers of Coon cheese will no doubt have paid close attention to the publicity surrounding Nestle’s rebadging of its Red Skins and Chicos confectionary brands. While the change of Chicos to Cheekies was uncontroversial, the change of Red Skins to...

Sunday essay: 5 museum objects that tell a story of colonialism and its legacy

sunday essay: 5 museum objects that tell a story of colonialism and its legacy
0
This wooden dish from Broome, pre-1892, was made by Yawuru people, collected by police and later presented by the Commissioner of Police, Colonel Phillips, to the WA Museum.  Courtesy of the WA museum Two new Australian museums are emerging from old ones as the year...

The Queens(land) gambit: a brief history of chess in Australia

the queens(land) gambit: a brief history of chess in australia
0
PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX The new Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit has received rave reviews around the world. Surprisingly for a chess-themed show, it received a warm reception by the global chess community, which is usually highly critical of portrayals of tournament chess in film. The experiences of star character Beth Harmon loosely correlate...

Saturday Science Sessions – Facts aren’t political (or religious)

saturday science sessions – facts aren’t political (or religious)
0
Presents a series of grounded science based articles covering Evolution, Global Warming, Genetic Modified Organisms (GM's), Logic, Nature of Science, Vaccines/Alt.Medicines.In this article, I try very hard to stick to scientific facts and avoid discussing politics. Nevertheless, I am frequently accused of being political,...

Shutterstock Drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

shutterstock drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct australia’s great koala count?
0
Picture: Shuttlestock Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species. The funding might seem like a lot – and, truth be told, it is more than...

From ‘common scolds’ to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in Australia

from ‘common scolds’ to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in australia
0
Kath and Kim (aka Jane Turner and Gina Riley): the suburban hornbags used swearing in clever ways in their 2002-2007 TV series.  Riley Turner Productions Women have had a fraught historical relationship to swearing. Long regarded as guardians of morality and respectability, their use of...

Is Trump’s truculence an attempted coup or the last-ditch efforts of a man whose star is fading?

is trump’s truculence an attempted coup or the last-ditch efforts of a man whose star is fading?
0
Picture: Susan Walsh/AP/AAP US President Donald Trump’s time in the White House is coming to an end. But, as has become obvious over the past few weeks, he is unlikely to deliver a gracious concession speech. Instead, the president has spent much of his time...