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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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Opinion: Treat the cause not the symptoms of problems with private health insurance

October 3rd, 2016

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci

In an interview with The Conversation, Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, head of the health policy program at Murdoch University, says the problems with the private health industry are a symptom of the way the system is set up.

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Opinion: Yes education funding has increased but not everyone benefits

September 16th, 2016

Associate Professor Laura Perry

Since the release of the Productivity Commission draft report, there has been an insistent claim that achievement has declined despite spending more. In a collaborative piece in The Conversation, Associate Professor Laura Perry discusses how this claim is misleading and overly simplistic.

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Opinion: do foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia than in almost any other country?

September 9th, 2016

Dr Jeffrey Wilson

Prime Minister Turnbull recently stated that “China has more freedom to invest in Australia, indeed all foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia, than almost any other country.” Dr Jeffrey Wilson, a fellow of Murdoch’s Asia Research Centre, discussed free trade with Australia in a collaborative piece in The Conversation. Dr Wilson outlined how […]

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Opinion: Careful surveillance and pet wearables at home with animals

September 6th, 2016

Owners are gamifying their pets through wearable technology.

In a collaborative article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson from Murdoch’s School of Arts discusses the new phenomenon of pet surveillance through wearable technology.

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Opinion: Human trials on Earth are the key to how we will survive on Mars

September 2nd, 2016

Dr Graham Mann

The crew of a Mars simulation recently emerged from their remote dome in Hawaii after completing a year-long project to trial a potential mission to the red planet. In an article for The Conversation, Dr Graham Mann from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and IT discusses the importance of these trials to the future success of […]

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Opinion: Section 18C is too broad and too vague, and should be repealed

September 1st, 2016

The authors Dr Augusto Zimmermann, Joshua Forrester and Lorraine Finlay with Murdoch School of Law Dean Professor Jurgen Brohmer (second right) at the launch of their book on 18C

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch academics Lorraine Finlay and Dr Augusto Zimmerman, and PhD candidate Joshua Forrester argue section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is not constitutional and infringes the implied freedom of political communication.

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Opinion: ‘Welcoming, but not affirming’: Being gay and Christian

August 31st, 2016

Dr Mark Jennings

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch's Dr Mark Jennings spoke to LGBT people and the pastors of LGBT people in Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in Australia to find out more about the attitudes and experiences of church goers and leaders.

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Opinion: Games and gambling – Xenophon’s ill-judged counter strike

August 5th, 2016

Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson has called for a rethink of proposed new legislation of video game gambling.

In a collaboratively written piece for The Conversation, Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson has called for a rethink of Independent Senator Nick Xenophon’s call to introduce new legislation for video gaming gambling.

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Opinion: Have Western Australians elected an ineligible One Nation Senate candidate?

July 13th, 2016

Law lecturer Lorraine Finlay

In an article for The Conversation, Lorraine Finlay from Murdoch’s School of Law unravels the complex legalities of whether One Nation’s lead Senate candidate in WA, Rod Culleton, is eligible to stand for election.

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