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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
April 01, 2022

Morrison Failed Australians on Climate. Will It Cost Him the Next Election?

By Joshua Mcdonald
Given disastrous bushfires, floods, and global humiliation on climate policy during Morrison’s tenure, it’s possible Australians will be ready to make a shift.

March 16, 2022

‘Rain Bomb’ and Floods Inundate Eastern Australia

By Joshua Mcdonald
Brisbane and nearby communities experienced some of the worst flooding on record, with some residents wondering if its worth rebuilding as climate change worsens weather conditions.
March 04, 2022

What Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Means for the Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Simply put, the future is Asian, and Europe would be wise to ensure it protects Asian democracies from the threatening autocracy in their neighborhood: China.

February 23, 2022

Australia-China Relations Again in Focus Ahead of Australian Election

By Joshua Mcdonald
Using national security to win over voters is not an uncommon strategy, but Scott Morrison is banging the national security drum more furiously than ever as he slumps in the polls. 

February 19, 2022

Assessing the Aftermath of Tonga’s Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami

By Joshua Mcdonald
“It is clear that Tongans will be dealing with the aftermath of this event for a long time,” said the World Bank’s country director for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

February 08, 2022

Scott Morrison Called ‘Hypocrite and Liar’ in Leaked Texts By Political Allies

By Joshua Mcdonald
The prime minister was called a “complete psycho” and other unflattering things by allies and adversaries alike as intra-party divisions continue to roil Australian politics. 
January 31, 2022

When Will Australia Confront Corruption?

By Joshua Mcdonald
Canberra can do more to protect Australia’s democracy and weed out corruption.

January 26, 2022

Lockdowns in Pacific States Facing First Serious COVID Waves

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific nations of Kiribati, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands are facing their first significant outbreaks of COVID-19.

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.

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