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Journal article

Ocean diplomacy: the Pacific Island countries' campaign to the UN for an Ocean Sustainable Development Goal

In this article we examine how Pacific Island Countries (PICs) successfully championed a stand-alone Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal at the United Nations (UN).

FactCheck Q&A: what are the real numbers on refugees and other migrants coming to Australia?

On Q&A, panellists duelled over the numbers of migrants Australia takes a year. Is it 200,000 or 800,000? How many are permanent and how many are temporary?

One in two Australians want a ban on Muslim immigration, poll finds

Look around your classroom, or workplace. Chances are half of the people there support a blanket ban on Muslim migration to Australia. You might even be one of them.

Australians more alarmed about state of politics than impact of migration and minorities, survey finds

The 2016 Scanlon Foundation survey provides grounds for caution in applying overseas comparisons to shifts in Australian public opinion.
Journal article

Ethnographic approaches to the practices of scholarly communication: tackling the mess of academia

In my anthropological research in academic libraries, and in higher education generally, I have encountered a contrast between the ways that institutions approach the information systems they build and buy, and how people use those systems. Confronting the ‘mess’ of people’s everyday practice is a...

From housing assets, to housing people: fixing Australia's social housing system

This paper develops a model that allows Australia’s governments to move from incremental, temporary measures to treat the symptoms of the dying funding model for Australia's social housing.
Conference paper

The life cycle cost of standalone solar air-water heat pumps for Australian homes

To combat increasing electricity prices due to the high operating costs of conventional reverse cycle air-airheat pumps (RC-AA-HP), they can be powered by standalone PV systems as a radical demand side energy management solution. However, the heavy power consumption of their compressors necessitates very large...

Election FactCheck: is crime getting worse in Australia?

Former federal MP, Pauline Hanson, is back on the campaign trail for a Senate seat in Queensland. In a recent interview she said a lot of people she had talked to did not believe they were safe and that with regular stories on crime in...
Working paper

Modelling the impacts of a cut to company tax in Australia

Modelling conducted at the Centre of Policy Studies using the Vic-Uni model of the Australian economy concurs with the finding that a cut in company tax would have a positive impact on the rate of growth of GDP. However, recognising that GDP is not the...

Best practices for conducting risky research and protecting yourself from online harassment

This document is a set of best practices for researchers who wish to engage in research that may make them susceptible to online harassment. It provides recommendations for academic institutions, supervisors, and individuals, including cyber-security guidelines and links to other resources.