Oceania


Plastic Oceans: A Growing Environmental Challenge

Plastic pollution in our oceans is a widespread and growing environmental challenge. Recently, the WWF released a report which warned that the Mediterranean could become a ‘sea of plastic.’  The WWF found that the “concentration of micro-plastics is nearly four times higher in the Mediterranean compared with open seas elsewhere […]


The Overrepresentation Of Indigenous Women In Australia’s Prisons

The recent release of a report conducted by the Australian Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has uncovered the extent of the over-incarceration of Australia’s Indigenous Women. The report detailed how the past six years have seen a 50% surge in female Indigenous prisoners in some state prisons. When […]


Major Task Force Established To Address Devastating HTLV-1 Virus In Australia

Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1, or HTLV-1, a relative of HIV affecting up to 20 million people globally, currently has no immunization or cure. The virus spreads through contaminated blood, breast milk, and unprotected sex and can cause severe lung disease, inflammation of the spinal cord, and kidney failure. Between […]


Third World Disease In A First World Country: Poverty And Acute Rheumatic Fever In New Zealand’s Māori and Pasifika

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF), a ‘third world disease’ found commonly in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, is running rampant among the Māori and Pasifika children of New Zealand (N.Z.). The disease is a complication of Group A Streptococcal infection that affects Māori and Pākehā (New Zealanders of European descent) equally. […]


Home-Based Violence: An Australian Resurgence

Prior to the current Australian Prime Minister’s election, domestic violence in Australia had been largely eliminated. However, under the new Prime Minister, the issue has returned. Currently, there is an average of one woman murdered per week, and one man per month, from domestic violence (DV) attacks. Furthermore, family violence […]


Trump And Syria: A Fragile House Of Cards

In response to alleged gas attacks against civilians in Syria, U.S President Donald Trump, alongside the UK and France has made a decision to initiate tactical strikes against the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Furthermore, he has proposed that further strikes are plausible if the regime does not stop oppressing and violently […]


China Vs. Australia: Military Confrontation In The South China Sea

The Australian Navy was confronted by Chinese military ships in the South China Sea earlier this month, as China continues to strengthen its position in the region. Australian warships were heading to Vietnam for a ‘good-will’ visit, and an unintentional meeting with the Chinese military occurred on the way. It […]