Expert opinion

Margaret Vickers and Florence McCarthy

Beyond politics: Creating hope and opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers

Over the past decade the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers by boat has been at the centre of a contentious debate that threatens to tarnish Australia’s long-standing reputation as a generous provider of support.

Michael Kennedy

$500 million drug seizure will not make one iota of difference on Sydney streets

Dr Michael Kennedy, a policing expert from the University of Western Sydney, says the Australian Federal Police’s recent seizure of 558kg of heroin and ice in Sydney is a significant haul.

Rhonda Hawkins

Pathway to success the yardstick for unis

As universities tread their first steps along a newly opened pathway of uncapped student numbers, it has never been more important for them to discover whether they are meeting the expectations of the communities they serve.

Tonia Gray

With the outdoors absent from the curriculum, students are at risk of a vitamin N deficiency

With the omission of outdoor education from Australia’s new National Curriculum, an expert from the University of Western Sydney warns that school students may miss out on much more than sports and physical exercise.


The Australian dingo: to be respected, at a distance

It’s the dry season in the Northern Territory, and for many people that means camping under a clear winter’s sky in the Top End. Yet rediscovering nature can be a fraught exercise.

Stephen Tomsen

Sydney's night-time economy: Putting the violence in context

The recent unprovoked killing of a young reveler, Thomas Kelly, by a male stranger in Sydney’s Kings Cross has set off extensive community and political debate.

Michael Singh

Partnerships with school systems must play a stronger role in university education degrees

The NSW government has raised serious questions about the quality of teachers being produced by our universities, criticising the lack of opportunities to practice in real classrooms.

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Lubanga Dyilo conviction and sentencing to restore credibility to the ICC

The conviction and sentencing of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo will be significant to maintain – and possibly restore – the credibility of the world's only permanent international criminal tribunal.

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