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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
January 19, 2022

Volcanic Eruption Devastates Tonga

By Joshua Mcdonald
Tonga is made up of 169 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. It’s expected to take weeks to survey the scale of the damage. 

January 14, 2022

Omicron Overshadows Australia’s Opening Up

By Joshua Mcdonald
Opening up after nearly two years closed off from the world, Australia knew that would mean a rise in COVID-19 cases. But Omicron has surged cases past expectations.
January 03, 2022

Australia’s Far-Right Taps Into COVID-Restriction Frustration

By Joshua Mcdonald
Protesters include the anti-vax wellness community, Christian fundamentalists, and some of Australia’s most extreme far-right organizations.

December 27, 2021

Australia’s Independents: The Women Aiming to Shake Up Parliament

By Joshua Mcdonald
At least 13 independent female candidates have launched campaigns on similar platforms focused on climate change, corruption, and women’s rights.

December 13, 2021

New Caledonia Referendum: ‘No’ to Independence Amid Low Turnout

By Joshua Mcdonald
Pro-independence groups boycotted the vote, COVID-19 further limited participation in the third referendum on the question of independence from France.

November 26, 2021

Violent Protests Unsettle Solomon Islands

By Joshua Mcdonald
The protests began on Wednesday, when hundreds of protestors marched on the parliamentary precinct in the capital Honiara.
November 23, 2021

Is Corruption a Serious Problem in the Pacific?

By Joshua Mcdonald
A recent report illustrates that the people of the Pacific believe corruption is a massive problem for both them and their governments.

November 17, 2021

Australia Disappoints at COP26

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australian leaders appear thankful that the global commitments at COP26 weren’t more ambitious.

November 12, 2021

Australia’s New Electric Vehicle Policy or Morrison’s Biggest Backflip?

By Joshua Mcdonald
Some accused the Australian prime minister of lying as his 2022 campaign unofficially kicked off with a massive backflip on electric vehicle policies.

November 02, 2021

Australia’s Climate Pledge: ‘Inaction, Misdirection, and Avoiding Choices’

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australia’s 2050 net zero pledge comes without specifics, relying on technology that hasn’t been invented yet and absent a 2030 emissions-reduction target.

October 26, 2021

Australia and New Zealand Prepare to Reopen

By Joshua Mcdonald
Closed off from the world for the past 18 months, Australia and New Zealand are now preparing to reopen. 
October 18, 2021

What’s the Real Cost of Papua New Guinea’s Palm Oil?

By Joshua Mcdonald
A new report claims that palm oil executives in PNG have bribed officials, paid police to brutalize villagers, used child labor, and participated in an apparent tax evasion scheme.

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