Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why do we need to have a day to recognise girls in their study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and women that work in STEM? The reason is simple – there are not enough of them studying STEM or information and … Continue reading International Day for Women and Girls in Science – What does it mean?
Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 7.0 per cent in the June quarter 2020, the largest quarterly fall on record, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today (2 September 2020). This follows a fall of 0.3 per cent in the March quarter 2020. On an annual basis, our Australian … Continue reading It’s Official: Australia is in a Recession
We are now six months into the coronavirus pandemic that has changed life as we know it and the economic impact of COVID-19, and its associated shutdowns on the national, state and local economies have begun to be demonstrated. Students of Western Sydney University (WSU) undertaking the 200537 Economics & Finance Engagement Spring Project have … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Western Sydney – WSU Student Projects
Yesterday, the talk was about the cause of the Beirut fire and explosion with comments made about if it was deliberate or an accident, or indeed an attack. Video images were streamed with observations to support all these positions and heated debates were held in different forums. Today, it is different for many of us … Continue reading The Human Faces of the Beirut Explosion
The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, which fortunately saw no major casualties led to over $1.1 billion dollars being donated by the global community - will Lebanon be overlooked now at this moment of devastation or will the global community rise to the occasion as we must do whenever such a tragedy occurs?
This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As we move further into the year, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian economy are becoming more evident. New data released by the ABS showed that employment dropped by 594,300 in April, … Continue reading Economic Impacts Emerge: Coronavirus Employment Explored in New ABS Data
This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Australians begin to navigate the complexities of the economy ‘opening up’ again as the National Cabinet announced yesterday a three-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economy, with the goal of restoring one … Continue reading Government Plans to Re-open the Economy Through Eased Restrictions: Business and Consumer Behaviour to Be Seen
With the second school term having resumed in all states, debates have reopened regarding whether schools should resume face-to-face learning and whether doing so will threaten the progress made by existing coronavirus containment measures.
This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Nowcasting, a portmanteau of “now” and “forecasting”, is a method of very short-range forecasting that uses recent data to determine the present and near future and, in some disciplines, the very recent past. … Continue reading ‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet
This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As discussed previously, there are a myriad of factors associated with the coronavirus pandemic that negatively impact psychological wellness. While many aspects of this crisis have a clear and direct link to known … Continue reading Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic