Cabinet papers 2001: how ‘securitisation’ became a mindset to dominate Australian politics for a generation

Originally published on theconversation.com David Foote/National Archives of Australia 2001 was the final year of the Howard government’s second term in office. It began with the government on the political defensive, doing poorly in opinion polls, but ended with a third successive victory in November. Two epic political developments – the “Tampa crisis”, in which […]

Orchid hunting has come a long way. In 5 steps you can join a national research effort

Originally published on theconversation.com _Thelymitra_ orchid. Photo: Heidi Zimmer, Author provided This article is part of a series explaining how readers can learn the skills to take part in activities that academics love doing as part of their work. Orchid hunting conjures images from the 1800s – explorers in mud-spattered khaki, traipsing through impenetrable jungle, […]

Has the pandemic fundamentally changed our ethics?

Originally published on theconversation.com Over the past two years, our lives have changed in unprecedented ways. In the face of the pandemic, we have been required to obey demanding new rules and accept new risks, making enormous changes to our daily lives. These disruptions can challenge us to think differently about ethics – about what […]

Republic of Western Australia: how the west has always charted its own course, from secession to COVID

Originally published on theconversation.com Four secessionist delegates holding the proposed flag for Western Australia in 1934. State Library of WA For nearly two years, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has sealed his state off from the rest of the world to pursue a hugely popular zero-COVID strategy. Now the state is inching closer to reopening […]