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Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

Joshua Mcdonald is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia, reporting on international relations, social issues, and health across Australia, the Pacific, and South Asia. His work has been featured in a number of renowned media outlets including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Guardian and Al Jazeera.

Prior to moving to Australia, Joshua worked primarily as a photojournalist focusing on health in the Middle East and Central America. He is also a member of SOPA image agency based in Hong Kong.

 

Posts by Joshua Mcdonald
September 18, 2020

LGBT Community Targeted by Police in Indonesia

By Joshua Mcdonald
Homosexuality is legal in most of Indonesia, but attacks on the community have been on the rise in recent years. 

September 14, 2020

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991

By Joshua Mcdonald
After almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia’s luck has run out thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 04, 2020

Despite Pandemic and Border Closures, Drug Smugglers Try to Reach Australian Shores

By Joshua Mcdonald
COVID-19 has seen drug prices jump even higher, making Australia a lucrative market if smugglers can reach it.

August 29, 2020

Australia’s Aged Care Facilities Have Failed Amid the Pandemic

By Joshua Mcdonald
As recent testimonies to a royal commission demonstrate, the Australian government has poorly managed the pandemic in aged care facilities.

August 24, 2020

Australia to Open Travel Corridor for Seasonal Workers

By Joshua Mcdonald
With borders still closed, the Australian agriculture industry is facing a looming summer shortage of workers. 

August 14, 2020

Kiribati Announces Plans to Raise Islands Above Rising Seas

By Joshua Mcdonald
As climate change and sea level rise threaten to inundate Kiribati, its government has proposed a radical new plan to raise the islands.
August 07, 2020

Despite Pandemic Slump, Foreign Buyers Maintain Share in New Zealand Housing Market

By Joshua Mcdonald
The New Zealand housing market slumps by 30 percent but foreign buyers maintain their market share. 

July 31, 2020

Are Australians Buying Chinese Goods Produced With Forced Labor?

By Joshua Mcdonald
After recent reports laid out evidence that Uyghurs were being sent to work in factories around China after detention, Australian governments are reviewing some contracts.

July 24, 2020

‘Bad Luck’: Victoria Sees a Surge in COVID-19 Cases

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Australian state of Victoria did everything right, yet the coronavirus still found a weak spot. That should serve as a warning to other countries emerging from lockdowns.

July 17, 2020

New Light Shed on Australia’s Greatest Constitutional Crisis

By Joshua Mcdonald
In 1975, the Australian Governor-General dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and birthed a flurry of conspiracy theories.

July 02, 2020

Australia’s Mission to Become a Solar Powerhouse 

By Joshua Mcdonald
Sunshine alone, though, does not guarantee a successful solar industry -- infrastructure and stable, smart politics are necessary. 
June 29, 2020

Why Are Australians Pessimistic?

By Joshua Mcdonald
Water shortages, COVID-19, economic downturn and distrust in China are causing record-low pessimism among Australians.

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