UOW expert commentary (6 February)

UOW expert commentary (6 February)

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

Stage three tax cuts

Associate Professor Martin O’Brien can discuss stage three tax cuts.  Associate Professor O’Brien is an economist and the Director of the Centre for Human and Social Capital Research. His research interests include segmented labour market theory, econometrics, older worker employment issues and hidden unemployment. 

Russia - Ukraine

Dr Stephen Brown can provide commentary on recent developments in the Russia-Ukraine war. The Russian history expert says Putin has thrown out his own playbook with this conflict. Dr Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.

Health education overhaul

Professor Karen Charlton can discuss the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority making changes to the way children and young people are educated about their health in schools, after a campaign by eating disorder organisations.  Professor Charlton is a research dietician in the School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences.


Dr Jody Moller and Dr Celine Kelso can talk about the federal government’s import ban on single use vapes and concerns about a growing black market. Dr Moller and Dr Kelso are both chemical toxicologists in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience.

Renewable energy in Southeast Asia

Associate Professor Rabindra Nepal has co-edited a new book that sheds light on how Southeast Asian countries can achieve large-scale deployment of renewable energy sources and leapfrog traditional energy models, with potentially transformative outcomes. Professor Nepal is an internationally recognised academic specialising in energy, environment and resources. He is an economist 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.