UOW expert commentary (18 June)

UOW expert commentary (18 June)

UOW academics provide expert commentary, opinion and analysis on a range of ongoing and breaking news stories

Australia – China relations

Professor Markus Wagner is available for interviews about Australia’s relationship with China, as Chinese Premier Li Qiang visits the country. Professor Wagner is an internationally recognised expert in international economic law and governance, international peace and security, as well as US and Australian constitutional law. He is a Professor in the School of Law.

Teals targeting new seats in next federal election

Election analyst Professor Greg Melleuish can provide commentary on a new fundraising drive by Climate 200 to help community candidates win more seats at the next federal election. He is a lecturer and researcher with expertise in political theory, Australian politics, ancient history and world history. Professor Melleuish is from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.

NDIS fraud

Social welfare expert Dr Mona Nikidehaghani can discuss NDIS fraud and how fundamental flaws in the scheme should be addressed. In an article for The Conversation Dr Nikidehaghani writes:

New estimates suggest nearly 5% of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is spent in error.

John Dardo, the integrity chief of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA — the agency that runs the scheme), has warned around A$2 billion of the scheme’s spending was not on genuine needs, leading to the misuse of the NDIS’s $42 billion budget, including by organised crime syndicates.

Dr Nikidehaghani is an expert in the relationship between accounting and public policies, with a particular interest in the NDIS. She is a Lecturer in the School of Business.

UOW academics exercise academic freedom by providing expert commentary, opinion and analysis on a range of ongoing social issues and current affairs. This expert commentary reflects the views of those individual academics and does not necessarily reflect the views or policy positions of the University of Wollongong.