Research now backs routinely offering pregnant women the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock/MIA Studio New Zealand and Australia will now routinely offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to women at any stage of pregnancy, following an update of vaccination advice. This comes as research suggests the risk of severe outcomes from infection is significantly higher for pregnant women compared to the general population. At […]

Victoria’s COVID lockdown reminds us how many rely on food charity. Here’s how we plan for the next inevitable crisis

Originally published on theconversation.com Sara Carpenter/www.shutterstock.com Melbourne’s latest lockdown and increased demand for emergency food aid reminds us how many people don’t have enough food for themselves and their family. We’ve also seen this in past lockdowns. However, our research shows many Australians rely on emergency and community food relief for years, not just for […]

The ‘most significant’ police operation in Australian history — how it worked and what it means for organised crime

Originally published on theconversation.com AAP/Victoria Police/supplied The Australian Federal Police made global news this week with the revelation its Operation Ironside had help sting organised crime gangs around the world. This was part of a broader, three-year operation with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews described it as the […]

Climate change is making ocean waves more powerful, threatening to erode many coastlines

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock Sea level rise isn’t the only way climate change will devastate the coast. Our research, published today, found it is also making waves more powerful, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere. We plotted the trajectory of these stronger waves and found the coasts of South Australia and Western Australia, Pacific and […]

Scott Morrison says it’s vital to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins

Originally published on theconversation.com Australia is still pursuing the origin of COVID-19, with Scott Morrison strongly supporting President Joe Biden’s efforts to get to the bottom of the outbreak. In a speech ahead of his trip to the weekend G7 summit, which will discuss the pandemic, Morrison is set to say that “having led calls […]

What are the side effects of the Pfizer vaccine? An expert explains

Originally published on theconversation.com As of Tuesday this week, all Australian adults aged 40-49 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Some states and territories had already opened up their rollout to under 50s, including Victoria, which invited 40-49-year-olds to come forward from late May in light of the current outbreak. In the Northern Territory, […]

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Word from The Hill

Originally published on theconversation.com As well as Michelle Grattan’s usual interviews with experts and politicians about the news of the day, Politics with Michelle Grattan now includes “Word from The Hill”, where all things political will be discussed with members of The Conversations’s politics team. In this week’s episode, politics + society editor Amanda Dunn […]

What’s in a name? How recruitment discriminates against ‘foreign’ applicants

Originally published on theconversation.com Since moving from Pakistan to Australia, Mariam Mohammed has gained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, co-founded a social enterprise (teaching financial literacy to women) and made the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence list. But there was a time she was so disheartened at not being able to get […]

Other Australians earn nothing like what you think. If you’re on $59,538, you’re typical

Originally published on theconversation.com Mattz90/Shutterstock I’m guessing you earn less than A$200,000. And I’m guessing you think you’re missing out. People keep telling you so. On one side of politics Labor leader Anthony Albanese says anyone earning $200,000 dollars a year “can’t be described as being in the top end of town”. On the other, […]

Why Indigenous knowledge should be an essential part of how we govern the world’s oceans

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock/Chen Min Chun Our moana (ocean) is in a state of unprecedented ecological crisis. Multiple, cumulative impacts include pollution, sedimentation, overfishing, drilling and climate change. All affect the health of both marine life and coastal communities. To reverse the decline and avoid reaching tipping points, we must adopt more holistic and […]