As Australia deploys troops and police, what now for Solomon Islands?

Originally published on AP/AAP On Thursday evening, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia would deploy police, diplomats and defence force personnel to Solomon Islands “to provide assistance” following serious unrest in the capital, Honiara. As the initial deployment start their first day in Honiara, there are mixed reports of what is happening around them. […]

Voluntary assisted dying is one step closer in NSW. Now the negotiation starts

Originally published on Shutterstock New South Wales is moving closer to legalising voluntary assisted dying. But there are hurdles ahead. After days of speeches in the NSW lower house, MPs voted yesterday – 53 in favour and 36 against – to consider the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 in detail. Now MPs will consider […]

First Nations children are still being removed at disproportionate rates. Cultural assumptions about parenting need to change

Originally published on Unsplash, CC BY Child protection processes in Australia have a history of injustice that disproportionately targets and harms First Nations children, families and communities. As a result, contemporary child protection systems and associated professions have sought to distance themselves from explicitly racist past policies and practices by apologising for their past […]

Rolling media coverage of missing persons cases can add to the trauma for all families left behind

Originally published on The media has been closely following every twist and turn in the case of missing boy William Tyrrell, including recent live coverage of police operations seen here in NSW. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image The public has been privy to live footage of police operations. New South Wales police, dressed in overalls, scoured […]

Grattan on Friday: Assertive Liberal moderates give Scott Morrison curry

Originally published on The overwhelming impression the Morrison government has projected this week has been one of chaos, with revolts coming from the right and the left. And that’s accurate. But, within the shambles, there has actually been one encouraging sign. We’re seeing a new generation of Liberal moderates belatedly raise their voices. When […]

The Beatles: Get Back review – Peter Jackson’s TV series is a thrilling, funny (and long) treat for fans

Originally published on Photo courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd The Beatles’ Get Back project, undertaken in January 1969, has finally been completed. Again. For most of the last 50 years it has been known as Let it Be, a film and LP record released in 1970. The project, conceived by Paul McCartney, was originally […]

What is orthokeratology? And will it help slow the deterioration of my child’s eyesight?

Originally published on Shutterstock If you or your child is short-sighted (struggles to see things further away) you might have heard about orthokeratology. Also known as OK or ortho-k, orthokeratology has been around since the 1960s. However, it has gained interest recently for its ability to slow the progression of myopia (short-sightedness). Orthokeratology involves […]

Judith Collins may be gone but New Zealand’s search for a credible and viable opposition is far from over

Originally published on GettyImages When Shane Reti replaced Judith Collins at the helm of New Zealand’s National Party today, he became the fifth National leader Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has faced. When Reti, who is in the top spot on a caretaker basis, steps aside next week, that number will tick over to six. […]

Ending online anonymity won’t make social media less toxic

Originally published on Shutterstock In recent months the government has proposed cracking down on online anonymity. The idea is that attaching online posts to a person’s real name will reduce abuse and increase accountability. Online bullying and misinformation are growing problems, and government action to address them is overdue. However, limiting anonymity alone won’t […]