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Opinion: Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia – we can’t just carry on the same

March 16th, 2017

Associate Professor Laura Perry from Murdoch University’s School of Education, tackles the issue of educational disadvantage in Australia in an opinion piece for The Conversation.

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Opinion: Roe 8: Perth’s environmental flashpoint in the WA election

March 11th, 2017

Bibra Lake, which is part of the Beeliar Wetlands

In an opinion piece for The Conversation, Dr Jane Chambers and Emeritus Professor Philip Jennings from Murdoch University discuss the impact of the Roe 8 extension on the Beeliar Wetlands.

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Opinion: Are children more likely to read books on paper or screens?

March 10th, 2017

A new study has debunked the popular assumption that children prefer to read on screens, showing that paper books have an important role to play in nurturing early literacy. In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Murdoch University education researcher Dr Margaret Merga discussed the findings of the 2016 Western Australian Study into Children’s Book Reading.

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Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

February 23rd, 2017

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch University’s School of Law explains the refugee determination process in Australia for the Conversation.

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Opinion: Youngest in class twice as likely to take ADHD medication

January 25th, 2017

Dr Martin Whitely

A study involving over 310,000 West Australian primary school children has revealed children born close to the school cut-off age are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Opinion: Explainer – why some churches teach that women are ‘separate but equal’

December 23rd, 2016

Dr Mark Jennings

Complementarianism is the idea held in some faiths that men and women are equal but play different complementary roles in life, society and religious practice.

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Opinion: Inquiry into Lyme-like illness calls for more research and better treatment

December 5th, 2016

Dorsal view of an echidna tick, Bothriocroton concolor, (imaged by Siew-May Loh )

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch University researchers Charlotte Oskam, Peter Irwin and Una Ryan unravel the complexities and ambiguities surrounding Lyme-like disease in Australia.

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Opinion – Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound in US refugee resettlement deal

December 2nd, 2016

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch's School of Law, highlights value of hope in the refugee resettlement deal with the United States.

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Opinion: QUT discrimination case exposes Human Rights Commission failings

November 7th, 2016

Dr Augusto Zimmermann, Joshua Forrester and Lorraine Finlay with Murdoch School of Law Dean Professor Jurgen Brohmer (second right)

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch law academics review a case, now dismissed, brought against three Queensland students who were alleged to have breached controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Opinion: Why isn’t seagrass on the world’s conservation agenda?

October 12th, 2016

Dr Mike van Keulen

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Dr Mike Van Keulen explains the importance of seagrass and calls for more action to protect these vital marine plants from human impacts.

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