Meeting the Kangaroo: Traveling to Melbourne and Else

During November and December 2017, Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) will be affiliated with Melbourne University after having received the prestigious Australian Eminent Research Scholar Award. Melbourne has just been marked the World’s most liveable city. Zimmermann will give public lectures and research seminars in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney, among others.

As on previous visits, meeting Kangaroos, Australia’s national animal and emblem, seems unavoidable. A challenge with Kangaroos has been recently highlighted by Niall McCarthy in his article “Why Australians are Being Urged To Eat Kangaroo Meat”. Attributed to wet weather increasing the supply of food, the Kangaroo population has exploded in recent years, with a rise from 25 million in 2011 to an estimated 44.85 million. This is nearly twice the Australian human population of 24.6 million. However, human Australians are not endangered by this development.

Canberra was indeed the place where Zimmermann on his last visit to Australia met with Kangaroos on various levels.



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