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The Western Australian government is re-drafting its heritage protection laws, after mining company Rio Tinto destroyed a FORTY SIX THOUSAND year old sacred site.
However, under these new proposed laws, the Western Australia Government still retains the final decision in heritage disputes.
A group of Aboriginal Australians including Nyungar human rights lawyer and academic, Dr Hannah McGlade have made a formal request for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to review the draft Cultural Heritage Bill.
Jessica Hopkins spoke to McGlade, who says the proposed legislation is insufficient protection of the right to culture, which prohibits states from destroying significant Indigenous cultural heritage.
The Chinese government has recently made numerous policy reforms that support Xi Jinping's goal of Common Prosperity. The reforms suggest a return to socialist policies, including regulation on for-profit education, online gaming, and internet companies.
Louis spoke to Victoria University of Wellington's Jason Young about the reforms and what impacts they might have.
According to the United Nations, millions of people in Southern Madagascar are on the verge of extreme food insecurity. This comes as changing weather patterns have left the region without rain for almost four years.
Louis talked with the World Food Program's Shelley Thakral about the famine, the role of climate change, and what action needs to be taken.
Researchers at the University of Auckland have been using augmented realities to recreate the first contact between Māori and Pakeha. The project is focused on using such new technologies to support and improve intercultural relationships.
One of the researchers, Mairi Gunn, joined Louis to talk about using augmented reality and the outcomes that they were expecting.
Today on The Wire, Jessica Hopkins hears from Nyungar human rights lawyer and academic, Dr Hannah McGlade about Heritage protection laws in Western Australia.
Louis Macalister bring you three pieces this week. First, he interviews Mairi Gunn from the University of Auckland about a project using augmented realities to recreate the first contact between Maori and Pakeha. Then Jason Young from the University of Victoria about China's recent domestic policies. Lastly, Shelly Thakral from World Food Program about famine in Madagascar.
Ilena spoke to Professor Bruce Robertson, from the Zoology department at the University of Otago, about the first ever study to genomically sequence kākāpō. The study was conducted with researchers from Sweden and New Zealand. Researchers looked at how the inbreeding of kākāpō on the small Stewart Island has, over a long time, been surprisingly positive in reducing harmful mutations. Bruce talks about what these findings mean for continuing efforts to sustain the population of the severely endangered kākāpō.
This week, Ilena spoke with Councillor Shane Henderson about what he calls the ‘week from hell’ for West Auckland. The week started with extensive flooding and ended with a terror attack at the LynnMall Countdown, all while the region was in level 4 lockdown. He gives some updates on where flooding emergency and support efforts are at now, and how West Aucklanders are coping.
On another note, Ilena and Shane also talked about bin tags and how a proposal to streamline Auckland’s rubbish service might look like.
A new study has found cannabidiol gels may help children with a severe form of epilepsy. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to one of the authors of the study, Professor Lynette Sadlier from the University of Otago, about the findings.
Various governments around the world are reportedly preparing to provide citizens with booster shots to their vaccines against Covid-19. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to Professor Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre which advises the New Zealand government on vaccinations. They discussed what boosters do, why they may be useful, and whether they are ethical given the struggles many other countries are currently having with Covid-19.