Category: News

Labor’s Election Loss Was Not a Surprise If You Take Historical Trends Into Account

Labor’s Election Loss Was Not a Surprise If You Take Historical Trends Into Account

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Sarah Cameron, Research Fellow, University of Sydney and Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University. Polls had predicted a narrow win for Labor in this election, so what explains the Coalition victory? Data from the Australian Election Study (AES), based on public...

Climate Joy Week #7: Torres Strait Islanders Take Australia to Court, Funding for the Everglades and More Positive Climate News

Climate Joy Week #7: Torres Strait Islanders Take Australia to Court, Funding for the Everglades and More Positive Climate News

This edition of Climate Joy comes on the back of Australia’s federal election and what is being described as the country’s very own ‘Brexit’ and ‘Trump’ moment, voting in a party with the weakest climate policies. However let’s not forget that there is widespread coverage on climate issues and for this reason, is enough to...

How Should I Vote if I Care About Preventing the Extinction of Nature?

How Should I Vote if I Care About Preventing the Extinction of Nature?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Some voters heading to the polls this weekend may be casting their ballot with biodiversity in mind, after a major UN report released last week highlighted the global extinction crisis facing more than a million species. Australia is an extinction hotspot: we are second only...

5 Inspiring Australian Female Politicians You Should Know

5 Inspiring Australian Female Politicians You Should Know

In 1921, the first woman was elected to Australian parliament. Her name was Edith Cowan and she was an advocate of women and children’s rights. Elected to serve as a member of parliament for Western Australia, she helped to pave the way for women in Australian politics. However, almost 100 years later, the macho character...

UK Becomes First Country to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

UK Becomes First Country to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Chris Turney, Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, UNSW. Last week a bipartisan UK Parliament passed an extraordinary measure: a national declaration of an Environment and Climate Emergency. The UK is the first national...

Young People Won’t Accept Inaction on Climate Change, and They’ll Be Voting in Droves

Young People Won’t Accept Inaction on Climate Change, and They’ll Be Voting in Droves

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Hannah Feldman, PhD Researcher in Science Communication, Australian National University. Youths are often brushed off as being politically disengaged, but the Australian Electoral Commission has reported record high numbers of youth enrolment, and climate change will be at the forefront of their minds when many...