Biloela family moved to Perth in holding decision by Immigration Minister Hawke

Originally published on AAP/Mick Tsikas Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has released the Biloela family from incarceration on Christmas Island but confined them to community detention in Perth while their court action proceeds. But he has not yet made a decision – required by a court order – on whether to lift the legal bar […]

Is a hybrid COVID strain behind Vietnam’s latest wave? Not exactly

Originally published on We recently heard a new “hybrid variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in Vietnam, amid a spike in cases in the country. The variant was originally described as a hybrid of the UK (now Alpha) and Indian (now Kappa B.1.617.1 and Delta B.1.617.2) strains of the virus. But what does […]

View from The Hill: Biloela family to be released but Hawke has yet to reveal the terms

Originally published on The Biloela Tamil family will finally be released from detention. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will announce this on Tuesday, but we have yet to learn the terms of that release. There are several options. These include letting the Murugappan family live in the community while their current legal action continues, allowing […]

Netanyahu leaves behind a complex legacy in Israel. His successor will need to deliver change — and fast

Originally published on zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx/AP Israel’s 36th government was approved today, with a slim majority of 60–59 in the Knesset (parliament). The new prime minister is the leader of national-religious party Yamina, Naftali Bennett. A religious person, former commander in an elite army combat unit and successful high-tech entrepreneur, Bennett was forced […]

G7 showed that post-Trump, the world has shifted

Originally published on What a difference a year makes in international diplomacy. A year ago, then-US President Donald Trump was obliged to abandon his plans for a G7 summit at the presidential retreat of Camp David outside Washington. Various excuses were advanced by participants, including the inadvisability of travelling across the world in the […]

Do aliens exist? We asked five experts

Originally published on Shutterstock Speculation has been rife about the contents of an unclassified report set to be released later this month from the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) task force. The document, expected to drop on June 25, will supposedly provide a comprehensive summary of what the US government knows about UAPs — […]

Do vegan diets make kids shorter and weaker?

Originally published on Shutterstock Research Checks interrogate newly published studies and how they’re reported in the media. The analysis is undertaken by one or more academics not involved with the study, and reviewed by another, to make sure it’s accurate. Diets that exclude meat and fish (vegetarian) or all animal products including dairy and […]

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the G7 summit and the Biloela Tamil family

Originally published on University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon discuss the week in politics. This week Michelle and Paddy discuss the G7 summit which is set to take place in Cornwall, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with some of the […]

Auckland is the world’s ‘most liveable city’? Many Māori might disagree

Originally published on While I am always happy to celebrate any accolades my country and city might garner on the international stage, seeing Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau awarded the top ranking in a recent “most liveable cities” survey left me somewhat flummoxed. In particular, I would argue that many Māori whānau in Auckland do not […]

‘Waiting to stab me’: new research reveals the threats and daily trauma judges face in their jobs

Originally published on Shutterstock As a judicial officer, being subject to death threats not only for you but your family is a concern […] you are expected to simply soldier on and go to work the next day. You can’t un-see or un-hear the material; and it’s impossible to forget, particularly when it involves […]