Editor's note

It’s now clear that a federal election campaign centred on border security has well and truly begun. In a new episode of our podcast Trust Me, I’m An Expert, refugee law expert Daniel Ghezelbash busts several myths about how the asylum seeker “medevac” bill would work, and describes as “reckless” claims that the new legislation represents a destruction of Australia’s border security. He also outlines a policy alternative to our current system of offshore processing he says wouldn’t involve compromising security or shirking our international legal obligations.

On a different note, in our Friday essay, we reflect on pop culture’s limited view of nurses. As Donna Lee Brien and Margaret McAllister write, nurses in film and TV shows are commonly depicted as either selfless carers or selfish monsters. Rarely are the pressures of the job explored in a meaningful way.

And, the paradox of waste is that developed countries with industrial recycling actually recycle very little of their left-over electronics. Developing nations like India, however, sort, strip and re-sell millions of tonnes of e-waste – but 95% of the work is done by local workers by hand, in appalling conditions. India even imports e-waste from other countries, possibly from Australia, to be sorted by the desperately poor.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Coalition MPs described Labor as weak on borders after the opposition and the crossbench voted to pass a bill allowing medical transfers from Manus and Nauru. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A refugee legal expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims

Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation

Today on Trust Me, I'm An Expert, a refugee legal expert busts myths about how proposed medical transfer rules would work, and described some of this week's border security rhetoric as 'reckless'.

Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Netflix is now producing a TV series built around this character, to star Sarah Paulson. Fantasy Films

Friday essay: saints or monsters, pop culture’s limited view of nurses

Donna Lee Brien, CQUniversity Australia; Margaret McAllister, CQUniversity Australia

To the public, nursing is much like teaching work – known to be valuable, but not worthy of much critical attention. Accordingly, nursing is rarely represented in any depth in popular culture.

The vast majority of e-waste in India is processed by hand. Miles Parl

Electronic waste is recycled in appalling conditions in India

Miles Park, UNSW

For as little as $4 a day Indian workers process dangerous, toxic waste by hand. This unregulated, highly polluting industry is hidden away from police eyes.

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    Mark Green, University of Melbourne; Andrew Pask, University of Melbourne

    Disorders affecting penis development are among the most common birth defects seen in humans, and rates are on the rise.

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    We can't make it rain. But you are already helping if you don't use more water than you need. And you can talk to your parents about the planet getting warmer, because the heat makes drought worse.

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