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"la trobe university" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Expected to be transformed into a park the first phase of that project could open by next summer welcome to Nissan did you form of the opioid drug maker owned by the billion S. site click family is reported to be offering between ten billion and twelve billion dollars to settle thousands of lawsuits against at the firm faces more than two thousand lawsuits links to its painkiller oxycontin that speak to Barry Meyer he's the author of pain killer an empire of deceit and the origin of America's opioid epidemic come well continues our look first at the amounts of money that are being speculated hit Johnson and Johnson were falling more than half a billion dollars yesterday but put you appear to be offering a fault law just some than that what do you think that stays well is trying to settle all the lawsuits against the judgment in the Johnson Johnson cases just related to one state the state of Oklahoma so really seeking what we call a global settlement of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company and the sack with Sam right and and and the case is a difference not just because they referred to to to one states as well correct they're very different in these cases the in some of these cases the Sackler family our descendants in the cases so the base thanks potential usual liability is some of these cases go for just like let's get your reflections on what is happening at the moment we've known about the opioid crisis for a very long time but these cases of come very soon one after the other are we reaching a kind of a a real moment in this crisis now do you think well the crisis is only xcelerated it's gone from prescription pain killers like oxycontin to a lot of legal Felix like counterfeit versions of Sentinel so you're in the US we seen the always seen the use of prescription pain killers go down we seen the number of deaths from overuse overdoses go up so there is a tremendous drive by public officials to find phones to treat addiction as well the speed of Purdue pharma a case is settled on the numbers all as we all reporting currently does it mean that PO do you will be bankrupted what will happen to the company well interestingly as part of this proposal be company will go into bankruptcy the sack with families will divorce themselves from any connections to it and it will be what they're calling a public trust company and sort of be operated independently from the Sackler's with any profits made by the company contributed to the funds that would be part of the circle Barry Meyer also of pain killer an empire of deceit in the origin of America's opioid epidemic thanks very much indeed for joining us giving us a bit more detail on pudgy fama that drug making company owned by the sect the family reported to be offering to settle more than two thousand lawsuits against you're listening to news out from the BBC on resume let's go to Australia now where the government has set up a task force comprising of university stuff and government agency officials in an attempt to curb foreign interference at universities the concern will focus on Chinese influence in particular where Chinese students all by phone the largest group of foreign students most recently pro Beijing student demonstrators have clashed with Hong Kong democracy advocates on Australian campuses the influence of Beijing funded research is also of concern as a cyber security I've been speaking to delta you and Graham and Asia expert expert from la Trobe university in Melbourne I Austin first what prompted this announcement I think this is been a long time and just station and needs to be seen as as possible a wider concern around foreign interference generally over the last few years and I think perhaps a belated realization that universities are easy and occasionally sometimes willing targets in this debate and to what extent do you think universities all aware of the balance that they have to get rights when they engage in research partnerships with China at the individual level one finds a close it at natural to segregation amongst academics who tend to pursue their research activity often in and in a very sci loads compartmentalized way I think not take the truth scientists who I think are often don't tend to think about the international record cautions all the strategic recollections of dealing with a partner in China and I think that those problems have come home to roost in more visible fashion and in recent times universities have a unique educative function they produce the next generation of leaders and that obviously makes and I'm very prime targets in the influence back when that's not necessarily about nefarious interference but Tom you can see how universities would be an obvious targets in that if you can sway influence maybe perhaps not in the over the phone but persuading universities to censor themselves and not more insidious way I think that's the the danger that over time universities realize that they don't want to bite the hand that feeds and is that do you think a real issue now for universities that that that this is going to encroach on their ability to up hold those values that you mentioned not least freedom of speech yes I think it is apparent and it's real and that's why the government does have to to seize it and not the full time this dependence does make them vulnerable tempos mainland student recruitment could be turned off just as it could be in the tourist sector I believe the challenge for the government and universities is is really to to work together universities obviously pride themselves on their independence and not should never be threatened but I think it's legitimate for the so governments given that that providing taxpayers dollars to fund universities to also expect when there is a national interest need for that to be an explicit part of the conversation universities can certainly play that part in being the the brains trust that educates the next generation but also holds the keys to some very important commercial technologies and future that's another vulnerability that I think has been underestimated and is part of the government's concerned because as universities produce commercially and strategically important technologies clothes have been vulnerable to fifty that's a commercial strategic reasons and we've seen click cases of that playing out elsewhere where Klay links to the Chinese military have been proven in some cases I was told to you and grandma nature expert from la Trobe university in Melbourne these three year yearly summits of countries which has signed up to the convention on international trade in endangered species all societies ends in Geneva today its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of species in the wild before we came on air I spoke to a phone again who is the secretary general of societies I began by asking her what she thought the latest summit summit had achieved well in my view it has solidified the role of societies and not preventing extinctions the parties have stepped up to the challenge we've been able to adopt forty six proposals to amend the appendices of site these one into the majority being indexed to which means the international trade can still go on but they have to have some restrictions on in terms of welders and ensuring that this trade is legal that it doesn't affect the sustainability of the species and it is traceable with those are forty six proposals we can probably count about that ninety three new species that have been put on appendix to all this specific examples that came up this latest meeting all of a threatened species that will then be the focus for the next three years for societies no actually I don't think so and I think their encouragement that we have given is that we have to be more broad in the way we are thinking and not focus so much on individual species when it comes to the legal trade of course with illegal trade we do focus on some species and we know we have many problems in an interesting those but at the end of the day site is is covering thirty six thousand species ninety eight percent of those hi huge amount own appendix two which means that they can be traded as long as they follow the regulatory requirements so we have to pay attention to all species to be able to she first of all the goals related to biodiversity conservation and secondly to be able to avoid the mass extensions that are being talked about anybody can grasp what one million extensions beat it means that we cannot focus on one particular species in the next three years our work has to be much more broad than that and we have to be much more effective in the work that we do at the site he's deals with international trade only what about domestic national trade which is significant because the loss of wailing for example is done in country's own forces from the from the very beginning when citing was created and agreed to it's only instance cover international trade there are of course some guidance that comes out of the party's decision making process sees but there can be no decisions or trade sanctions for having domestic markets does that make you feel that actually so I tease is ultimately not as effective as it could be I don't think so because many of them because of what is happening at the international level and what is discussed at the international level within psyches change their laws at the national level have an influence over them national legislation of the countries at the end of the day what is mostly happening is the international trade because if you can't get for example a shipment of pangolin scales from eight to beat because it's being stopped at the borders because of psyches regulations then there is nothing to style in any market there is a real issue that on a national level if political leadership is going in the other direction and I'm thinking about president trump in the United States and president Wilson all right in Brazil if you have political leadership that doesn't necessarily respect international treaties but also have their own agendas in a way it makes the work that you were doing not just difficult but potentially redundant of course I cannot as leading us secretary that is neutral and works with all parties make any comments about what is happening at the national level but I can't say that these parties who have made agreements and have signed on to the agreements they have commitments to put in place all of the types of regulations that are part of this regulatory framework of psyches I hope that you can respond to the potential threat to old to southern African country Zimbabwe and Namibia indicating that they may pull out of sight sees what's your response to that I think those countries are aware of course that to be able to trade with other parties to the convention in endangered species they would have to go through the same regulatory mechanism that's ID's puts in place to have to do all of this regulatory work in any case yeah lose their wallets and lose their place at the table is an impact that I think that they would not want to have I think we can persuade them don't lose your place at the table don't lose your voted by leaving the convention.

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