This blog provides an overview of aspects of new research relevant to Indigenous people's disadvantage in Australian legal systems presented at the 14th biennial conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists at RMIT University in Melbourne from 1-5 July 2019.
Although centred on a case study in China, this research chapter explains a key point relevant to minority and Indigenous language support in Australia and New Zealand: that language standardisation (an aspect of public policy) can make a language less accessible to its speakers, rather...
Freedom of expression and the ban on Arabic in NSW prisons – analysing Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services  NSWSC 414
The NSW Supreme Court’s judgment in Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services, handed down in April 2020, upholds the legality of NSW’s English-only rules on communication by 'extreme high risk restricted' (EHRR) inmates. It provides a rare insight into Australian judicial thinking about freedom of...
This report includes summaries of the evidence received about the motivations for foreign interference, the forms that it can take, the elements of social media platforms and their usage that foreign interference attempts often seek to exploit, and the social and cultural features that foreign...
Political marketing and management in the 2020 general election: key findings and advice for future practice
This report explores the use of political marketing and management during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides valuable insights into political marketing and management in practice.
The aim of this report is to review the current situation of the Australian radio industry, in light of the nearly two years of progress since the publication of the 'Future delivery of radio' report,.
Effective health communication during the pandemic has been particularly challenging for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who live in Melbourne’s west. This review draws upon literature from COVID-19 and other pandemic or emergency responses.
This report explores how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses foreign social media influencers to shape and push messages domestically and internationally about Xinjiang that are aligned with its own preferred narratives.
Multilingual Australia is missing out on vital COVID-19 information. No wonder local councils and businesses are stepping in
This article explains more about the author's 2020 study on the accessibility, quality and uptake of government communications about COVID-19 in languages other than English.
Throughout this inquiry, the Committee heard significant evidence that Australia’s system of media regulation is not effective, citing the weakness of its mechanisms, its inconsistent governance arrangements and standards across platforms, and the lack of oversight for digital media.
The Public Interest Journalism Initiative is collecting information about print and digital local news producers from all around Australia. This map of local news producers is intended to help communities, researchers and policymakers see where local news is flourishing, and where it might be struggling.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest global public health crisis in a century. Scientific research and its effective communication have been at the centre of the worldwide response to the emergency. This report analyses how the scholarly communication system – involving the production, evaluation...
Fact Check: Anthony Albanese says Australia has slipped to 59th in the world for average broadband speeds since the Coalition took office.
Anthony Albanese says Australia has slipped to 59th in the world for average broadband speeds since the Coalition took office. Verdict: Mr Albanese's claim checks out.
In 2020–21, one of the ACMA’s compliance priorities focused on illegal online casinos that target Australians. This report examines the actions taken to combat these services and the outcomes.
In light of current conversations about the need to rethink and redesign online public spaces, researchers from the Pew Research Center and Elon University asked experts how they expect the digital public sphere to evolve by 2035. This report outlines the findings.
This guide has been written by people with disability to assist the general public and media outlets in talking about and reporting on disability.
This report analyses two Chinese state-linked networks seeking to influence discourse about Xinjiang across platforms including Twitter and YouTube. This activity targeted the Chinese-speaking diaspora, as well as international audiences, sharing content in a variety of languages.
This report highlights key findings from the Western Australian government's community consultation on a draft Digital Inclusion Blueprint.
Researchers sought feedback from more than 1,500 Australian consumers and more than 400 small business owners about their online needs and challenges. The research found that most consumers feel that the Internet has a positive impact on their lives. However, the research also found consumers...