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Australians managing COVID risks ‘on their own’

Australia is entering a new phase in the pandemic where we are managing more risks on our own, according to a new report by experts at The Australian National University (ANU).

As the country faces food shortages from damaged supply chains, widespread staff shortages and an insufficient supply of COVID tests, authors of the report Professor Kate Henne and Dr Aleks Deejay, said there are many similarities to how the United States has handled the pandemic.

“Deep concern” for cut off Tonga

Two Tongan academics at The Australian National University (ANU) say panic and a lack of clear information are hampering search and rescue efforts in the wake of the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano.

Researcher Dr Gemma Malungahu and PhD scholar Amelia Faotusia, both from the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs, are deeply concerned about family and friends as aid from Australia and other nations begins to arrive.

They say Tongans are also concerned about the risk of aid deliveries spreading COVID-19 to the island which is free of the virus.

Ash covering Nomuka, Tonga, following the volcano

Omicron wave crashing retail supply chain and workers

The Omicron wave of COVID-19 is causing mass disruption to the Australian retail sector’s current supply chain issues, while highlighting the precarious and unsustainable position of Australia’s retail workers, according to experts at The Australian National University (ANU).

Graphic of pandemic pressures on retail workers

Listen up: the ANU pods from 2021 you must hear

It’s been another big year for the podcast and no surprise that our thought leaders at The Australian National University (ANU) have again provoked plenty to ponder in the top podcasts of 2021.

It’s also no surprise the top pods come from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific where the Policy Forum team at the Crawford School of Public Policy once again packed plenty of tasty goodness into their podcasts with the ever-popular Democracy Sausage and the Policy Forum Pod.

The National Security Podcast team

Lack of direction leaves climate policy in chaos

Both sides of politics lack leadership when it comes to establishing clear climate policies, according to a leading public policy and economics expert at The Australian National University (ANU).

Warwick McKibbin, a Professor at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, said the two major political parties had missed an opportunity to commit to clear policies on climate change before the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow.

Professor McKibbin said Labor had now moved towards a reasonable policy.

Professor Warwick McKibbin

Solomon Islands riots reflect deeper unrest

Civil unrest in the Solomon Islands is not surprising and highlights long-standing development and governance challenges, according to experts at The Australian National University (ANU).

While the Solomon Islands government's decision in 2019 to switch diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China has been reported as the main source of the conflict, ANU experts say deeper issues have caused the unrest, which has seen protests in the capital Honiara and opportunistic looting.

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