Month: August 2016

Climate Change & Australia

Climate change according to Corcoran and Dickenson’s Dictionary of Australian Politics is a ‘significant change in the average weather pattern’. But Australian knows it’s certainly more than that which most of us have felt from the extreme weather changes that we experience (Barrie, 2016). Climate change affects the excellent agriculture that Australia prides itself on, some of these include, the Great Barrier Reef, the cattle industry and the rainforests.

Climate change is the effect of unrestrained contamination. Once carbon emissions caused by human action enter the air, they have dangerous implications for the atmosphere, the economy, and our wellbeing (Barrie, 2016). Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sees the need for change concerning climate change and aims to tackle it. Read here for more info.


Leading scientists say that climate change will increase in frequency and intensity of weather events. Sea levels are at risk for coastal communities, also the oceans are rising in acidity which is too acidic to support organisms in the marine. The carbon trapped in the earth’s atmosphere caused from the pollution of mainly coal and oil production, heats up and alters the climate patterns of the earth (Dabner, 2016).

Politically climate change has been on the agenda for many prime ministers and lobby groups in Australia; this is because ‘we live in the land of droughts and flooding rains. And fires too.’ Mr Turnbull stated (Hunter & Lee, 2016). According to the liberal website, the Turnbull government aimed to

  • ‘play our part in the global challenge of climate change. Australia has signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
  • Beat our 2020 target by 78 million tonnes, and have set an ambitious target of reductions of up to 28% by 2030 based on 2005 levels. That is equivalent to reducing emissions per capita by up to 52%– the second largest reduction of any G20 economy.’


(“Protecting our environment,” 2016)


Barrie, C. (2016). Climate change, security and the Australian Defence Force. United Service, 67(2), 13.

Dabner, J. (2016). Fiscal responses to climate change in Australia: a comparison with California. Australian Tax Forum, 31(1), 131-166.

Hunter, F., & Lee, J. (2016, June 9). Malcolm Turnbull’s warning on climate change disasters Retrieved from

Protecting our environment. (2016, September 5). Retrieved September 17, 2016, from Liberal,


Legal Adoption for same sex couples

In light of the recent events highlighted by this article below, the issue of marriage equality arises as a result, more politically relevant matters such as the legalisation of same-sex adoption in Australia arises.

According to, 74% of Australians believe LBGT couples should be allowed to adopt. However, currently, same-sex couples can only apply for adoption in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.  Whereas opposite sex couples can apply in any state. States such as Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory do not permit same-sex couples to adopt children. Furthermore, this demonstrates discrimination on the shores of a country built on diversity (Maxwell & Kelsey, 2014).



Even though there are many same-sex couples who already are the head of a family, whether by previous relationships or through assisted reproductive technology (ART) there is still a significant amount that would prefer to adopt Australian children and give them a chance at a better life(Maxwell & Kelsey, 2014). Federal laws acknowledge the relationship amongst an opposite-sex couple and the child conceived within ART; they do not recognise the relationship between a same-sex couple and their child conceived through ART (Ulrike,2012).

Legalising same sex couple adoption in all states would decrease the amount of children in foster homes (You-Ta, Church, Ophir, 2011). Statistics gathered from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that there were 43,009 Australian children living in out-of-home care as of 30th June 2014. (AIHW, 2015) This number has increased after 7.7/1,000 children at 30 June 2013 towards 8.1/1,000 children at 30 June 2014(“Diversity in Australian same-sex parented families,” 2016). Although there is an obvious answer to decreasing this number especially in states including Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory, there has been no legislative change (Ulrike,2012).

If you enjoyed this, you will find this article particularly relevant


Diversity in Australian same-sex parented families. (2016). Retrieved September 17, 2016, from Australian Institute of Family Studies,


Maxwell, m. E., & Kelsey, g. (2014). Second parent adoption: same-sex and the best interest of the child. Journal Of Health & Human Services Administration, 37(2), 260-299.


Ulrike. (2012, November 27). Exploring gay adoption. Retrieved September 17, 2016, from GNN Gay News Network,


You-Ta, C., Church, R., & Ophir, R. (2011). Taking Sides: The Interactive Influences of Institutional Mechanisms on the Adoption of Same-Sex Partner Health Benefits by Fortune 500 Corporations, 1990-2003. Organization Science, 22(1), 190-209.



Week Six Activities

Practical A:
Link to Storify

This was an easy activity to do, and I enjoyed playing around with Storify more and discovering how easy it is to make a story.

Practical B: Who will be the audience? What might they learn about the event?
The audience for my event story will be the Rockhampton’s citizens; this is because it concerns directly with their community so they can learn about the small business’ in and around Central Queensland
What needs to be included that will make the story interesting or have more impact?
To have more impact, the story needs some evidence and pictures to back it up and facts. Quotes from local business’ on why they decided to attend can also interest other small business people to attend next year.
How will I structure the story? Thinking about these issues will prepare you to write
I will structure the story like a media writing the piece because that’s what I’m supposed to do, so I will use the 5 Ws and prioritise my writing in order of importance like learned in tutorials.


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Global terrorism rises!

Terrorism is a term for organised violence or intimidation to achieve a political or ideological goal (Dickenson & Corcoran, 2010). The increasing amount of terrorist attacks around the world concerns for everyone. These attacks are often too brutish, outrageous and chilling for ordinary people to hear. But unfortunately, they have gone too long hidden from the world, and people need to start opening their ears and see what’s going on around them.

Destinations with a “high” threat of terror

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Australia
  4. Bahrain
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Belgium
  7. Burma (Myanmar)
  8. Cameroon
  9. Chad
  10. Colombia
  11. Egypt
  12. Ethiopia
  13. France
  14. Germany
  15. India
  16. Indonesia
  17. Iraq
  18. Israel
  19. Ivory Coast
  20. Jordan
  21. Kenya
  22. Lebanon
  23. Libya
  24. Malaysia
  25. Mali
  26. Mauritania
  27. Morocco
  28. Niger
  29. Nigeria
  30. Pakistan
  31. Palestinian territories
  32. Philippines
  33. Russia
  34. Saudi Arabia
  35. Somalia
  36. Spain
  37. Syria
  38. Thailand
  39. Tunisia
  40. Turkey
  41. UAE
  42. Western Sahara
  43. Yemen

(Smith, 2016)


There is a large amount of countries on that list. The Global Terrorism is a global issue that needs to be eradicated. However, it’s not that simple because these terrorist groups are large, rich and powerful like the Daesh (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK).


Terrorism has not only a social impact on the world but also a massive economic impact. Terrorist attacks like bombings cost countries millions in property damages. The attacks of 11 September 2001 have produced many studies attempting to guess the effect of terrorist attacks on the economy. An International Monetary Fund study estimated that losses from attacks amounted for US $ 75 billion per year, or 0.75% of GDP (Rădulescu, 2016). The world we live in constantly under attack by political activists, the carnage of terror attacks affects the globe not just socially but also economically.






Calkin, A. B. (2015). The Global War on Terror. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 20(2), 133-136. doi:10.1037/h0101378


Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran (2010). A Dictionary of Australian Politics., Australia: Allen & Unwin.


Kerridge, B. T., Khan, M. R., Rehm, J., & Sapkota, A. (2014). Terrorism, civil war and related violence and substance use disorder morbidity and mortality: a global analysis. Journal Of Epidemiology And Global Health, 4(1), 61-72. doi:10.1016/j.jegh.2013.10.003


Rădulescu, I. G. (2016). Terrorism and its Impact on Global Economy. Economic Insights – Trends & Challenges, 68(2), 87-94.


Smith, O. (2016, July 15). Mapped: Terror threat around the world. The Telegraph. Retrieved from


Week Five Activities

1. Practical: Establish a Storify account. Do not use CQU or Media Writing in the title – this is your account, not ours. Once you have done this, ‘browse’ some Storify
accounts of interest. Write a short reflection of your set -up experience and some of the accounts you review.
Setting up a Storify account was easy but creating a story is hard for me to do because I have never used it. I didn’t even know how many media places used Storify.
Accounts I Browsed on Storify.
This one was fascinating and followed The Rio Olympics and Australia’s progress.
The ABC had lots of fascinating stories to follow. I enjoyed reading them.

2.Inquiry: Write a short review of this network (for example, what it is, who uses it) and

include comment on how you might use it personally and professionally.Post this review on your blog.
Pinterest is a network site all about discovering new interests; it does this by using and matching keywords to the most relevant posts. People who use it can be very broad, but it’s mostly for individuals who are interested in creating things whether they be food to pieces of artwork. It’s got a wide range of interestest to explore. I would use Pinterest to search up DIY projects because I have a flair for crafts, Pinterest has a broad spectrum of ideas shared by other people. A way to use Pinterest professionally could be to sell products or expand knowledge of a brand I could create for crafts.
3. Technical: I completed this quiz with a few attempts I found it difficult to do a few questions, but I eventually answered them all correctly. I did not have any problems with this area.

Week four reflections

1. Practical: Interview two people and write their speech as a news report.

Lisa Andrews (Mum) & Scott Andrews (Dad)

What is the most important thing to you? And why?

Mum: Family.Because family is very important and you are my only daughter and only child so you are very special to us.

Dad: You and your mother. Because Family matters more than materialistic things.

2. Write a short news story (posted to your blog) based on these interviews (no more than 500 words).

Today my parents agreed that I am the most important thing to them.

Dad, Scott Andrews said that I am the most important thing to them because I am ‘the only child they will ever have’.

My mother, Lisa Andrews said she had me when she was young. “Around the age, you are now,” She said.

I am eighteen.

“You have always been what I have built my life around,” she said.

“Everything your mother and I did was for you,” Scott said.

3. Then take a photo of each of your interviewees and post a photo of each to Twitter with a one sentence grab from the interview

4. Write a few sentences about how you went about this activity and how you felt it assisted (or otherwise) your learning.

I think this activity assisted in my learning because it helped me relate the writing to real life and gain interview skills (even if I am just interviewing my parents). I went about this activity by sitting my parents together and asking them whats the most important thing to them and why. I was very surprised at the responses and flattered because it was me.

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Problems of Cyber Revolution

The revolution of the cyber world grows rapidly, and the dangers of cyber crime like fraud, scams, harassment and even terrorism have evidently developed with technology (Ionescu, Irea & blăjan 2011). Local laws alone are not enough to stop this rapid growth such crimes require a ‘transnational approach’ (Moslemzadeh Tehrani, Abdul Manap Taji, 2013). Interpol (The International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO)) is an organisation devoted to this ‘transnational’ approach and tackles cyber-related crime (Cybercrime 2016). The use of a universal jurisdiction, however, could specifically help countries internationally exercise justice and damaged caused by cyber attackers (Moslemzadeh Tehrani, Abdul Manap Taji, 2013).


Statistics sourced from

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble said. “Until countries update their national legislations and agree to develop a legal framework to facilitate international cybercrime investigations, police will, therefore, need to remain creative in working with their colleagues from abroad.” (Cooney, 2012)

The cost of cybercrime includes the effect of hundreds of millions of people having their personal information stolen and an estimated annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime is more than $400 billion (Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime 2014).

List of the most common cyber crimes reported by Stephen Nale are:

1. Phishing/Spoofing

2. Blackmail/Extortion

3. Accessing Stored Communications

4. Sports Betting

5. Non-Delivery of Merchandise

6. Electronic Harassment

7. Child Pornography

8. Prostitution

9. Drug Trafficking

10. Criminal Copyright Infringement

Click here to read more about the penalties that go with them.

In conclusion, the cyber revolution has resulted in an increase in cyber crimes like fraud, scams, hacking, terrorism and corruption globally. Building an international legislation and jurisdiction is the only way to stop the growing rate of cyber crime.



Cooney, M. (2012) INTERPOL: Lack of international laws, resources hurts cybercrime fight. Available at:–lack-of-international-laws–resources-hurts-cybercrime-fight.html

Cyber crime. (2016). Interpol. Retrieved 27 July 2016, from

Ionescu, l., irea, v., & blăjan, a. (2011). Fraud, corruption and cyber crime in a global digital network. Economics, Management & Financial Markets, 6(2), 373-380.

Moslemzadeh Tehrani, P., Abdul Manap, N., & Taji, H. (2013). Cyber terrorism challenges The need for a global response to a multi-jurisdictional crime. Computer Law And Security Review: The International Journal Of Technology And Practice, 29207-215. doi:10.1016/j.clsr.2013.03.011

Nale, S. (2012). The 10 Most Common Internet Crimes. Complex AU. Retrieved 27 July 2016, from

Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime. (2014) (2nd ed.). Retrieved from