Editor's note

Many older Australians want to stay in their homes for as long as possible but at last count, more than 127,000 were waiting for a home care package that met their needs. But the solution isn’t as simple as uncapping the number of home care packages, according to Michael Woods and Sarah Wise.

Plastic pollution is a global problem, but last week a small group of countries effectively stalled negotiations on an international solution. Despite strong arguments at a meeting of UN experts tasked with laying out the terms of a possible treaty, we’re no closer to a viable solution. But, writes Trisia Farrelly, we can’t stop now.

The shocking mass-shooting in Christchurch is the latest in a string of performance crime videos that use livestreaming and social media as part of their tactics, writes Stuart Bender. And in a media environment driven in large part by spectacle, we all have a role to play in ensuring terrorists’ crimes aren’t rewarded with our clicks.

Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor/Senior Health + Medicine Editor

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In December, more than 127,000 Australians were waiting for a home care package. From shutterstock.com

Would you like to grow old at home? Why we’re struggling to meet demand for subsidised home care

Michael Woods, University of Technology Sydney; Sarah Wise, University of Technology Sydney

The government will keep increasing the number of subsidised home care services, but it needs to find the right funding balance for the system to remain sustainable.

The world urgently needs to move past plastic. Veronika Meduna

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

Trisia Farrelly, Massey University

We need a global treaty to combat plastic pollution, but a small group of countries is blocking real action.

There is a tragic history of performance crime videos that use livestreaming and social platforms as part of their tactics. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Social media creates a spectacle society that makes it easier for terrorists to achieve notoriety

Stuart M Bender, Curtin University

Until social platforms improve filtering of extremist content, we all have a role to play in ensuring our online activities don't contribute to a spectacle society that rewards terrorists with clicks.

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