Ilana Rohwedder

COVID-19: The other pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on violence against women

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

The other pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on violence against women

Ilana Rohwedder


Ilana Rohwedder illuminates the impact the response to COVID-19 has on women and children at risk of violence, how frontline service providers are responding and what the government and the broader community can do to act, even, and especially, in times of crisis. 

 

Johanna Badcock

COVID-19: Flattening the curve has its costs: understanding the mental health and psychosocial impact of social distancing

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Flattening the curve has its costs: understanding the mental health and psychosocial impact of social distancing

Johanna Badcock


Johanna Badcock highlights some of the possible unintended consequences of social distancing, quarantine and self-isolation for the mental health of the broader population and, in particular, for those who are already experiencing higher levels of loneliness.

Bruce Armstrong

COVID-19: Good sense and social justice in the control of Australia’s COVID-19 epidemic

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Good sense and social justice in the control of Australia’s COVID-19 epidemic

Bruce Armstrong


Bruce Armstrong explores the trade-offs ‘flattening the curve’ will require for Australians living in poverty, and provides some practical suggestions on how to counterbalance the adverse effects managing the COVID-19 crisis will have on the most disadvantaged members of our society.

 

Professor Shamit Saggar

COVID-19: Disproportionate disadvantage in the campaign to arrest COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Disproportionate disadvantage in the campaign to arrest COVID-19

Professor Shamit Saggar

Manfred Nowak

OPCAT series: Australia’s obligations under OPCAT: The challenging task of establishing an effective NPM in a federal state

Monday, 16 December 2019

Our guest speaker and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, outlines the history of the battle to eradicate the persisting practice of torture and ill-treatment around the world, and the unique potential of and risks around the implementation of OPCAT in Australia.

Holly Cullen

OPCAT series: Implementing OPCAT in Australia: Negative globalism resurgent?

Monday, 16 December 2019

Against the backdrop of the Australian Government’s increasingly sceptical position towards what has been termed as “negative globalism”, Holly Cullen cautions how such a sentiment could pose obstacles to the country realising the full potential of an effective implementation of OPCAT in preventing human rights abuses.

Steven Caruana

OPCAT series: The need for formal partnerships between civil society and the National Preventive Mechanism

Monday, 16 December 2019

Steven Caruana highlights the crucial role that civil society plays in the successful creation of a National Preventive Mechanism - from consultation processes to the designation of the adequate body. He stresses that substantial engagement with civil society organisations is not only international best practice, but also ensures that the systems to be set up are transparent, inclusive and efficient.

Professor Shamit Saggar

OPCAT series: Preventing torture and abuse: can we afford to rely on a complaints-based system?

Monday, 16 December 2019

UWA PPI Director Shamit Saggar examines the suitability of complaints-based monitoring mechanisms for the successful detection and, importantly, prevention of instances of torture and ill-treatment. He suggests that there are unique characteristics to the phenomenon of torture that need to be taken into account in the design of a preventative mechanism.

Aidan Storer

Federal economic policy – perspectives from WA: Australian Treasury’s stakeholder engagement in Western Australia

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Aidan Storer outlines the role of the Australian Treasury’s Office in furthering a better understanding of WA’s economic and business conditions and the impact of Commonwealth policy on WA businesses, government and the community and the importance of well-functioning stakeholder engagement in doing so.

Jessica Shaw

Federal economic policy – perspectives from WA: Keystart ‘low deposit’ home loans and WA’s housing market

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Governments around Australia are grappling with the challenges posed by a lacklustre housing construction market and tightened access to finance. Jessica Shaw argues that in developing any national response, federal policymakers must be mindful of the significant role the State Government plays in the Western Australian market through its unique Keystart loan scheme.


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